Club Committee 2020
|President||Pat Fanning||087 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chairperson||Derek Tierney||087 email@example.com|
|Vice chairperson||Kevin Doran||086 0741606|
|PRO||John O’ Dea||087 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary||Roisín Doran||085 email@example.com|
|Treasurer||Mervyn Eager||086 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Club Notes – Winter 2019
KHFC Silage Awards 2019
Kildare Holstein Friesian Club held it’s annual Silage Quality Competition recently. The Alltech sponsored event is one of the best club activities of the year. The quality of the samples this year was the best in the Club’s 40 year history of the competition. Most of the samples had a DMD of between 75 and 80, with the top six of over 80 DMD. The winner this year was Tom O’Grady of Garavogue, Prosperous, who was last year’s winner also. The top samples were all harvested in early May, received an additive and were mostly new swards.
The top six winners were 1st, Tom O Grady, Prosperous; 2nd, Victor Jackson, Kiltegan; 3rd, Tony Jackson, Kiltegan; 4th, John Murphy, Castledermot; 5th, Kieran O’Flaherty; and 6th, Karl Matuschka.
The judging was done by Teagasc and the testing was done by Independent Analytical Services, Bagenalstown, Carlow.
This year 2 field evenings were held. One in Bolton Abbey, Moone in May and the second in Brian Grey’s, Prosperous in June. Kathleen Watson was master judge in Bolton Abbey with Anthony Kealy placing 1st and Tony Jackson 2nd. Dessie Dunleavy was the master judge in Brian Grey’s with Kevin Doran and Pat Fanning joint 1st, Joe Doran, Trevor Hanley and Pat Walsh joint 2nd. A big thank you to our host herds and sponsors for both field evenings.
KHFC Annual Herds Competition
There was a sizeable increase in this years Annual Herds Competition run by the club. Over thirty herds were entered and the judging ran from Monday June 10 to Thursday June 13. Once again, the sponsors were FBD Insurance. Competition judge this year was Mr. Dessie Dunleavey from Drogheda, who was former manager with one of the top herds in the country i.e. the ‘Moneymore’ herd. Dessie was also a ‘Hall of Fame’ recipient for his work with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA). Announcement of the results and presentation of awards took place in Toughers Restaurant, Naas, Thursday night June 13. Kenny Garry of FBD did the presentations for which the Club is very grateful.
Annual Club Trip:
The annual club day trip took place on the 10th September. 19 members visited 3 herds over the course of the day; Kevin Flynn, Rearyvalley, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, Brian Rohan, Annegrove Hse, Mountrath, Portlaoise & John Hanley at Horse & Jockey, Co. Tipperary. The evening wound up with a lovely meal in the Horse & Jockey Inn. Thanks To Mervyn Eager & Trevor Hanley for arranging it.