Club Committee 2020
|Secretary||Ethan Keena||087 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Denis Donohue||086 email@example.com|
|PRO||Anne Marie Ging||086 3253100|
Club Notes – Spring 2020
This year’s AGM was held in the Bridge House, Tullamore, on the 16th of January. The meeting was started by our Chairperson, Helen Kelly, welcoming everyone to the night which was well attended. The Secretary’s report was read out and any matters arising were dealt with. This was followed by our Treasurer’s report for 2019. Election of officers followed with outgoing Chairperson Helen Kelly thanking everyone on the committee for their hard work during her three years. She also said the club wouldn’t survive without its members but most importantly the host farmers of the field evenings and the sponsors.
Chairperson: Peter Ging.
Elected to the committee: Earnest Seale, Colin Grennan and Pat Nolan
Speakers on the night were Michael McNamara and Noel Gavigan
Michael McNamara, Barna Herd
Michael McNamara owner of the Barna Herd. Michael spoke brilliantly and honestly about his life story – where he has come from to where he is today. He detailed his future plans, while also addressing the setbacks he and his wife, Liz, have encountered on their journey. Michael touched on breeding and his cow choice, his advice on pedigree breeding and why he feels it’s the best choice for him and his farm. Michael also stressed that he wouldn’t have got to where he is today without the opportunities arising and his family, wife Liz and daughters, Emma and Rachel
Noel Gavigan, IRBEA
Noel is an executive officer for IRBEA. This company specialise in bio-energy. Noel gave great presentation on alterative options for energy which includes digestate plants and biomass plants. He discussed the role farmers will have play in the running of these in the future and how the gas produced should be sufficient to run towns and villages giving examples like the ones that work best in Austria in contrast to the larger plants in Germany.
Wishing all our members and fellow dairy farmers all the very best for 2020
Ethan Keena, PRO