North Eastern

Club Committee 

PresidentBrendan Caffrey087 2980329
Club Chairperson:Joe Connell086 3235346
Club Secretary / PRO:Fiona Gleeson087 6653072 email:
Lispopple, Swords, Co Dublin.
TreasurerPat Murray087 9404544
The Vicarage, Clonalvy, Co. Meath

Club Notes – Winter 2018

Hall of Fame Award
Long time Club Member Dessie Dunleavey was inducted into the IHFA Hall of fame at a function in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on Saturday May the 12th.
Congratulations to Dessie on such a prestigious event.

Field Evenings
Our first field evening took place on the Farm of Paul and Margarette Flanagan in Termonfeckin on Thursday 21 May
The herd looked Magnificent on the Night and a lovely group of Animals were presented for Judging.
Winners on the night were as follows.

1. Leo Collins
2. Cheryl Hazenberg
3. Jack Mennis

1. Dessie O’Halloran
2. Daragh Dorian
3. Saoirse Mullan

Many Thanks to Pat Tracy and Glanbia for the sponsorship on the night

Our second Field evening of the year took place on the farm of Jim and Patricia McGrane in Slane. A hugh crowd turned out on the night to see this wonderful herd of cows. Winners on the night were as follows

1. Alan Dorian
2. Brendan Clarke
3. John Moore

1. Cathal Dorian
2. Darragh Dorian
3. Niamh McManus

The Ladies Award went to Marguerite Flanagan

Well done to all involved and for the hard work put in by both farms. Special thanks to Barney Tighe and Lakeland Dairies for the Sponsorship for this field evening. Overall winners were as follows

1. Alan Dorian
2. Brendan Clarke
3.John Moore

Calf Show
This year’s calf show took place at the Flavours of Fingal Show on Sunday the 24th of June in the wonderful setting of Newbridge House in Donabate Co Dublin.
We had a great turnout of both calves and handlers. Winners were as follows

March Calf
1. Knockmoules Twist Isette, Michael and Joe Connell
2. Delasheen Hangtime Irene, Norris Beattie
3. Intel Agri Controll Jenn, Roy Beattie

Junior Calf
1. Knockmoules Barcode Vixen, Michael and Joe Connell
2. Ladyrath Haggard Marco Emma, Con McManus
3. Ladyrath Red Hot Nancy, Con McManus

Intermediate Calf
1. Tubbertoby Doorman Franny, P&M Flanagan

Senior Calf
1. Oldrose McDougal Deirdre, Leo Collins
2. Knockmoules McDougal Missy, Michael &Joe Connell
3. Tubbertoby absolute Seasime Red, P&M Flanagan

Mature Calf
1. Intel Agri Doorman Janice, Roy Beattie
2. Oldrose McDougal Profit, Leo Collins
3. Crossnacole Kingboy Fame, P&M Flanagan

Summer Yearling
1. Tubbertoby Control Brenda, P& M Flanagan
2. Delasheen Atwood Brenda, Norris Beattie

Champion Calf: Oldrose McDougal Deirdre
Reserve Champion: Tubbertoby Doorman Franny
Honorary Mention: Intel Agri Doorman Janice

In the Handler Classes the winners were as follows
1st Jack Mennis
Reserve Champion Ella Flanagan
Honorary Mention Matthew Flanagan

Thanks to all that took part in the competition and a special thanks to the Sponsors Cookstown Dairy Services and The Flavours of Fingal Show Committee.

Herds Competition
The Herds Competition took place from the 4th to the 7th of June. Our judges this year were Philip Haffey and Wilson Patton from the North of Ireland.

With wonderful sunny weather the cows were looking their best everywhere and over 40 herds were judged during the week. The Judges remarked how well everybody’s cows were turned out and how many good quality cows and heifers they saw. Results were as follows:

Premier Section
1. Paul Flanagan
2. Colm and Brian Walsh
3. Tom & James Kelly
4. Michael and Joe Connell
5. Jim and Patricia McGrane

Senior Section
1. Thomas Daly
2. Padraig Floyd
3. Joe Meegan
4. Peter Taaffe
5. John Mc Donnell

Spring Section
1. Seamus and Ciaran Mc Donnell
2. Michael Kiernan
3. Vincent Cunningham
4. John Kealy
5. Joe Mc Keever

Champion Herd was the Tubbertoby Herd of Paul and Marguerite Flanagan
Reserve Award Colm and Brian Walsh

Well done to all our winners and also the class winners

A very special thanks goes to Mc Auley Animal Feeds for their continued sponsorship of this Competition

IHFA Open Day
The club were honoured to host the IHFA open day on the Collins farm in Ardcath Co Meath on the 4th of July. In glorious sunshine hugh crowds attended the event. The cows (both for judging and the main herd were presented in wonderful condition with a lot of very hard work from the Collins family and the club members who helped walk and train the cows. The day was a great success and the club was very proud of the Collins family that hosted the Event

Club Trip
The club Trip took place on the 16th of August As it was late in the year, we headed to Northern Ireland on a day trip. More then 30 members travelled and the first stop was to the Famous Clandelboye Estate. Manager Mark Logan gave us a very interesting tour of the estate which included the herd and their anaerobic digester (which appears to be hungrier for silage than the cows) and finally the delicious yogurts.

Next stop was the Lake Lands Dairies Plant in Newtownards. Here we saw a very modern Milk plant turning out all type of value-added products. The automation of the plant was incredible.

Our last stop was to the herd of Wilson Patton (one of our herd competition Judges) This high production and high type herd looked great even on a wet evening which coupled with the first-class hospitality of the Patton’s made for a grate visit. Many thanks Wilson and Family

Silage Competition
Our Silage Competition results were announced on October 16th in The Snailbox. This years format was a question and answer type of discussion with our panel of Andrew Revington , Shane Corbally and Tom Kelly. The discussion was based on how they made consistently good quality silage. Cutting early seemed to be a constant trend. Our winner this year was Robbie Moore and Family. Well done

Many thanks to Agri King for the Kind Sponsorship and also to Rory Crionion for all his time and effort to make this competition a great success this year

Indeed, a big thank you to all the committee for all their hard work during the year. Most of the competitions couldn’t take place without their commitment and time to make the club the success it is.

Fiona Gleeson

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