Laois Offaly

Club Committee 2019

Chairman Helen Kelly087 2841387helenkelly09@gmail.com
SecretaryEthan Keena087 2931478ethank824@gmail.com
TreasurerDenis Donohue086 3800000donohoedenis@eircom.net
PROJohn Gill087 8704623johnagill1977@gmail.com
YMAMary Conroy

Club Notes – Spring 2019

AGM
Laois/Offaly Friesian breeders held a really interesting discussion with Dr. Karina Pierce of UCD about the demonstration herd in Lyons as part of our annual general meeting in the Kilsehin Hotel, Portlaoise. The most recent results are posted here on the UCD website https://www.ucd.ie/…/lyonsre…/lyonssystemsresearchherdnotes/

Thanks also to Ciaran Roche from FBD insurance for a very timely and thought provoking talk on farm safety and the need to always be mindful of the many hazards associated with modern farms and farming.

All Ireland Awards
Also, congratulations to Richard Hamilton on receiving his “Hall of Fame” award from the YMA at last night’s IHFA presentation event. Its great to see Richard’s tireless and undoubted commitment to the progress of the breed, through instilling the interest in, and love of, showing cattle in the next generation. Given his day job, this is no surprise, but merely confirmation of his vocation in educating the farmers of the future of Gurteen College.

The event was addressed by Zoe Kavanagh of the national Dairy Council. This was a most thought provoking presentation, the main message of which was that we must all take every opportunity to rebuke many of the false claims and assertions made by proponents of the new “fad” diets emerging on an almost weekly basis. The science is very clear. It is virtually impossible to replicate a sensible dairy, meat and plant diet, removing the first two elements, without compromising ones health. The NDC has developed an app which can be downloaded to your smartphone and provides us with all the answers we need to counter many of the anti-dairy claims whether we encounter them in the real or virtual world. The app can be found in the Google Playstore and is called Dairy A to Z.

Wishing all our members and IHFA members all over the country a safe and successful 2019.

John Gill

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