North Eastern

Club Committee 2020

PresidentBrendan Caffrey087 2980329
Club ChairpersonJoe Connell086 3235346
Club Secretary / PROShane Corbally085 7788224
TreasurerNorris Beatty

Club Notes – Spring 2020

We take this opportunity to give you an insight into some of the key events and activities that took place in our Club during 2019. We commence each year with our AGM and when that has taken place our Committee sit down and set out proposals, including plans and activities for the year in question.

Field Evenings and Club Stock Judging
There are a number of operations that are very important to the success of our Field Evenings. Like the other club events, they are very important family evenings when all family members can and do participate. We herewith thank the sponsors, the judges, the members that help with the setting up, organising, preparation and checking and tallying of results.

Host Farms and Judges
The Club could never thank farm families enough when they accommodate and host field evenings for the benefit of all members. Never forgetting the time inconvenience and effort put into preparing for these events, and sometimes the weather may not be favourable.

The first field evening was held on the farm of our Chairman Joe Connell along with his son Michael, The Knockmoules Herd, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin, and the judge on the evening was Stephen McLoughlin.

The second field evening was hosted on the farm of Frank and Aaron Byrne, Slane, Co. Meath. The judge on the night was Chris Mullally. The main sponsor was Lakeland Dairies and the evening was rounded off with a pig on the spit and BBQ. Our sincere thanks to the host farms, the sponsors and the judges.

Herds Competition
The NEHFC Herds Competition is considered one of the big events on the calendar because it is a big undertaking, with most club member herds involved. It took place at the beginning of June and we are very pleased to thank most sincerely and show our appreciation for our new 2019 sponsor, Devenish Nutrition, which is most important to the Herds Competition’s success, thus allowing us to include all dairy sections within the herds for consideration.

Without the tremendous input from our Herds Competition Committee – Jim Mc Grane, Joe Connell, Norris Beatty, Leo Collins Jnr. and Shane Corbally – we could not run it so efficiently. A very special thank you to Laurence Feeney of Progressive Genetics for compiling the production figures for us.

A very special thank you to our two English judges James Burrows and Anthony Jackson for taking the time to come across and spend the week judging for us.

Herds competition results
Congratulations to our Winners and very many thanks to all our Members for taking part.
Premier Herds – Overall:
1. Colin & Brian Walsh
2. Tom & James Kelly
3. Leo Collins
4. Brendan Mennis
5. Anthony Daly
6. Norris Beattie

Senior Herds – Overall:
1. Gerard Caffrey
2. Frank Byrne
3. John McDonnell
4. Padraig Floyd
5. Leo Nulty
6. Joe Meegan

Intermediate Herds – Overall:
1. Dominic O’Halloran
2. Frank Crinion
3. John Hatton
4. Patrick Hayden

Spring Herds – Overall
1. Kevin Clare
2. John Kealy
3. Seamus & Ciaran McDonnell
4. Joseph McKeever
5. Con McManus
6. Michael Kieran

The Maurice Kellett Lifetime Achievement Award
Following the prize-giving we were delighted to present Richard Whelan with the Maurice Kellett Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the Club.

Winding up the week
The Herds Competition always ends with results and a social gathering for all our members. The party is full of fun with banter and a bit of music thrown in. It is the one night that people forgo booking holidays, so as not to miss it. 2019 was no different with a great night to end the week.

North Eastern Calf Show
The North Eastern 2019 YMA Calf Show was held at the Flavours of Fingal County Show on 30th June 2019. There was a great turnout of both handlers and calves. Our judge for the day was Stephen McLoughlin and we would like to thank Stephen for taking time out of his busy schedule to judge both the calves and the handlers. Stephen was impressed with the standard of both. A special word of congratulations to all competitors especially the young handlers competing for the first time. It was great to see new participants in the YMA. Thank you to all the parents who helped our junior members with their preparation for the show.

Champion Handler: Ella Flanagan
Reserve Champion Handler: James Beatty
Honourable Mention Handler: Thea Flanagan
Champion Calf: Intelagri Unix Apple, Roy & Norris Beatty
Reserve Champion Calf: Tubbertoby Solomon Marge, Paul & Marguerite Flanagan
Honourable Mention Calf: Tubbertoby Classic Vixen, Paul & Marguerite Flanagan

Our sincere thanks to our sponsors, Progressive Genetics, Cookstown Dairy Services and Flavours of Fingal, without whom the show would not be possible. Particular thanks to Kevin Loughlin for the work he put into the preparation of the catalogue. Thank you also to our Calf Show Committee.

Club Trip
The Club Trip, as always, is educational, fun filled and very enjoyable with some good stories being told. We travelled on the 14th and 15th August 2019 with a very strong turnout of members. The preparation and organising of this trip is mainly down to a very active club member Leo Nulty, whom we sincerely thank for putting the time and energy into making it a great outing for all.

Day 1: Our first visit was to two neighbouring farms in Tipperary. Both farms being M & P Britton’s and P Moroney’s, both of whom had hosted an open day for World Wide Sires with both using WWS genetics and mating services. Our discussions on breeding with them were very interesting while we were taken to see the cows and the milking facilities.
We then went for a bit of a diversion. We visited Gowran Park for a very enjoyable evening race meeting, where we wined and dined and managed to make a few bob on the horses.

Day 2: We had a very interesting morning when we visited Bill O’Keeffe’s British Friesians herd and farm in Churchclara. Bill showed us around his farm, the cows and his grassland management. Quite an interesting conversation on farm development and inheritance arose during the visit.
In the afternoon we visited Billy Heffernan in south Kilkenny. Billy farms in partnership with his two sons. Grassland production, weed control and grassland measurement was the main focus of conversation, as well as farm layout and work organisation on a busy dairy farm.

Very many thanks to all involved on the farms above for facilitating us in making the NEHFC trip a great success.

AGM 2020
The AGM was held on the 22nd of January 2020 and our guest speaker on the night was Ms. Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of The National Dairy Council. Ms Kavanagh gave all present an insight into the relationship of the dairy farmer, the dairy industry and the NDC.

The National Dairy Council (NDC) champions the role of quality, pasture-based dairy and its nutrition benefits in supporting healthier and more active living. They are a private, farmer-funded marketing agency and work to promote and protect Ireland’s internationally renowned dairy reputation.

The following Club officers were nominated and elected. We have no doubt that they will do a great job and we wish them the very best.
President: Brendan Caffrey
Chairman: Joe Connell
Secretary: Shane Corbally
Treasurer: Norris Beatty

Rita Eivers, NEHFC

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