Kildare

Club Committee 2019

PresidentPat Fanning087 4193505patwfanning@gmail.com
Chairperson Kevin Walsh086 8170231walshkev@hotmail.com
Vice chairpersonDerek Tierney087 6148354annderektierney@gmail.com
Secretary/PROJohn O’ Dea087 2625144johnodeaclane@hotmail.com
Assist. SecretaryRoisín Doran085 7237196roisindoranty@gmail.com
Treasurer Mervyn Eager086 8288300merveager@ymail.com

Club Notes – Spring 2019

2018 AGM
The AGM took place in Toughers, Naas, on Tuesday December 6th. Chairman Kevin Walsh welcomed everyone and asked the secretary to read the minutes of last year’s AGM. As there were no matters arising they were proposed by Derek Tierney and seconded by Pat Fanning. The Secretary then read his report in which he outlined the activities of the year i.e. the Spring Meeting, which had a small attendance due to the Snow. We had two successful field evenings followed by the FBD Herds Competition and our Annual Calf Show on the grounds of Peamount Hospital. Stockjudging was the centre-piece of the field evenings, again sponsored by our friends in FBD.

October’s main event was the Annual Quality Silage Competition, kindly sponsored by Alltech / Keenan. Entries were slightly back because of the difficult growing season. Again, Ned Loughlin greatly helped by organising judges and speakers and providing the Teagasc Centre, Naas where the results and presentation of prizes took place.

Our last event prior to the AGM was our club trip to Wexford which was well supported and enjoyed.

Mervyn Eager, Club Treasurer gave his report and stated that the Club’s finances were in a healthy state. New members welcome.

The Chairman Kevin Walsh gave his report in which he thanked his fellow officers and committee for their support during the year. He also thanked the Club’s sponsors without whom the club would not exist. Outgoing President Joe Doran said it was an honour for him to be President over the previous two years and wished the new President Pat Fanning the best of luck in the role.

Election of Officers
Kevin Walsh was returned as Cahirman, as was Derek Tierney as Vice-Chairman, John O’Dea Sec / PRO, Mervyn Eager as Treasurer and Pat Fanning as President. John O’Dea stated that he was standing down as Secretary at next year’s AGM and recommended that an assistant secretary be elected. Roisin Doran was proposed by Kevin Walsh and seconded by Derek Tierney. A minute’s silence was observed for all club members who suffered a bereavement during the year, including the Dempsey, Coakley, Jackson and Behan families.
That completed the business of the AGM.

The AGM was followed by a very interesting meeting with guest speakers Jim Mulhall of the ‘Danville’ herd, Kilkenny and John Murphy past Chairman of our club. Jim Mulhall, Chairman of the Fresh-Milk Producers recounted his herd’s history from his father’s British FRiesian herd to his current herd of 150 pedigree holsteins. Through his family’s involvement with the Carlow-Kilkenny Club, they have been successful in stock-judging and showing their animals. In the past year, Jim has converted the herd to robotic milking. His reasons being the amount of information the sytem generates, and labour and family considerations.
John Murphy, a Board-Member of Glanbia, spoke on the issues of the present time regarding milk prices and the environment.

A very informative questions / answer session followed. The meeting concluded with Pat Fanning thanking both speakers and made a presentation to Jim on behalf of the club.

Club Charity Raffle
After the above meeting, the Annual Club Charity Raffle took place. Prizes were donated by Businesses and Individuals. The raffle raised €765. The attendance was one of the biggest of the year. The club upped the raffle proceeds to €1000 and presented it to the Kildare Friends of the Hospice. Thakns to all who supported the raffle etc.

Club Spring Meeting
The meeting was held in Toughers, Naas on Wednesday March 6th. Two companies namely Trouw Nutrition and Grassland Agro shared the meeting both complimenting each other. The Trouw speakers Claire Beckett and Jim Uprichard spoke on the overall nutrition from the calf to the mature milking animal.
Stan Lalor of Grassland Agro gave his talk on grassland management, such as fertilizer requirements, nutrients, soil structure, growing conditions, temperature and compaction. There was special emphasis on soil testing and acting on the results.

The Chairman thanked the speakers and their companies sponsorhip of the meeting. To conclude he wished a speedy recovery to the Club’s Treasurer, Mervyn Eager

John O’Dea

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