Cork Committee 2020

ChairmanIvor Bryan086 3871422
SecretaryMichael O’ Sullivan087
TreasurerMatthew Walsh087 1390342
PROAlan Buttimer 086
PresidentPat Ahern

Club Notes – Spring 2020

Club AGM
The Cork Holstein Friesian Club held its final event of 2019, the Club’s AGM, on Wednesday 4th of December in the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. The agenda for the night included a review of club activities and achievements during the year, election of president and regional delegates, as well as the presentations of stock judging cups and club person of the year award.

Pat Hayes was elected to the position of club president. Pat has a vast knowledge of the Cork Club and the Holstein Friesian breed in general. We wish Pat all the best in his new role. The club would also like to thank outgoing president, Seamus Crowley, for his time and dedication over the past two years as president. Seamus has been involved in every aspect of the club with great enthusiasm and energy. Thank you, Seamus.

On the night, the winners of this year’s Stock Judging cups were announced. These were presented to individuals based on results from the two field evenings during the year. Congratulations to each of the winners this year, who were;
Under 18: Katie Lehane. 18-26: Stephen Shannon
Senior: Alan Buttimer

They will be joined by Donnacha Lynch and Sarah Shannon (under 18), Ger Kirby and Leslie Draper (18-26), Kevin Dillon and Martin O’Donnell (senior) to form the club teams that will be taking part in the Stock Judging Competition at this year’s IHFA National Open Day, on Wednesday 1st of July, in Co. Limerick. We wish them all the best.

Also on the night, the Club Person of the Year was awarded to Ursula Forrest. This was decided by secret ballot by regional delegates. The unanimous decision highlights the dedication Ursula has shown towards the club. A truly deserving winner, well done Ursula.

After the club business had concluded, guest speaker, Prof. Pat Wall of UCD gave his presentation entitled, “Connecting with consumers for a sustainable future”. Some of the topics covered included, the Chinese market, the power of social media, practices to meet today’s challenges and what students from other countries have learnt from farming in Ireland. The club would like to thank Prof. Pat Wall for a very informative and entertaining presentation.

Election of New Officers
January not only saw a new year but also the election of new officers for 2020. This took place at the first delegate meeting on the 6th of January. Elected on the night were:
Chairperson: Ivor Bryan.
Secretary: Michael O’Sullivan
Treasurer: Mathew Walsh
PRO: Alan Buttimer
Vice Presidents: James Crowley,
Joe Collins and Robert Helen
Vice Chairperson: James Crowley
Assistant Secretary: Martin Kennedy

The club would like to wish each of them all the best in their roles for the coming year. The club would also like to thank and acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by outgoing chairperson, Ursula Forrest and outgoing treasurer, Donal Sweeney. They both fulfilled their roles to the highest standard during their terms.
AI Night
The first club event of the year, the annual AI night, took place on Tuesday 14th of January in the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. A large crowd turned out to hear guest speaker, Ross Evans of ICBF, outline the recent changes to the EBI index. Ross outlined the changes in the four areas of calving evaluation, genomics, maintenance sub index and dairy beef index.
Following this, the four AI companies that were present on the night gave a presentation of the bulls they have available for the upcoming AI breeding season. The four companies that were present on the night included; Munster Bovine, Eurogene AI Services, World Wide Sires and Dovea Genetics. A free raffle of AI straws, sponsored by the AI companies, was held to round off a very successful first event of the year. The Cork Club would like to thank Ross Evans of ICBF for his very informative presentation. Thank you also to the four AI companies for attending and the generous raffle prizes.

IHFA Awards Night 2019
Well done to all in the IHFA All Ireland Awards Night that took place in Co. Laois on the 31st of January, and especially to the Cork Club participants. Along with the Diamond and Gold Awards, Cork Club members also picked up awards in different classes on the night. Well done to Patrick Smith, Champion Heifer born after 1st January 2019. Gordon Kingston, Reserve Champion Heifer In Milk. Michael and Elizabeth McNamara, Champion Junior Cow In Milk. Sarah Shannon was also placed first in the Open Stock Judging Competition. And a special mention to past Cork YMA member, Clodagh Helen (Limerick Clare YMA) on winning the Photographic Competition.

Upcoming Events
At the time of print, the club will have ran its heifer sale, on Friday 27th March at Corrin Mart, Fermoy. The heifer sale is back by popular demand after a break for a number of years. With a large entry and keen interest shown, it’s sure to be a successful sale. On Wednesday 1st of April, the club will hold its Annual Bull Show and Sale at Bandon Mart. Other upcoming events during summer include a number of field evenings, farm walk, club tour, herds competition and much more. We look forward to the busy summer months and welcoming you to our many club events. For more information, you can check out the club’s Facebook page, Cork Holstein.

Alan Buttimer, PRO

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