West Midlands

Club Committee 2018

ChairpersonJohn Taylor
Vice ChairpersonAnne Butler
SecretaryOliver Costello086 8598273
Pollagh, Newtowncashel, Longford, Co. Longford

Club Notes – Winter 2020

Our AGM took place on the 20th march this year. We had David Webster an ASSAP advisor as our guest speaker on the night. He gave a very good presentation. David made us much more aware as to what we can do on our own farms to improve water quality, as well as telling us what we should be thinking of when putting down and positioning road ways and other farm infrastructure.
We also had our AGM on the night. We were sorry to loose John Taylor as Chairman. He did a brilliant job over the last two years. The new committee is as follows: Chairperson – Anne Butler; Vice Chairman – Graeme Taylor: Secretary – Oliver Costello: Assistant Secretary – Avril Taylor; Treasurer – Michael Gunn; Assistant Treasurer – John Stone ; PRO – Mark Butler; YMA – Emer Kelly

Summer Events
We had four events over the summer months kicking off with a field evening in John Thompson and sons Paul and Robert’s farm.

Thompson’s field evening was held on the 17th may. They have a lovely even herd of mainly spring calving cows. They were feeding at the time 3kgs of meal and their protein was 3.6%. There was around 35-40 people in attendance. Dr Vincent Griffith of the Nutrias/Aurivo Farm Profitability Programme gave a talk. He gave us an insight as to what he thought was coming down the tracks in relation to Climate change and how it will effect Nitrates and Derogation etc. The night was sponsored by Aurivo. We had a lovely cup of tea and sandwiches and cake laid on by the Thompsons. Thank you to the Thompson’s for a lovely evening.

Our Club Tour this year took us North on the 6th August. We had 25 present. We went first to the herd of Alister Thompson in Artigarvan. He milks around 600 high yielding cows. He keeps his cows indoors for around 200 days after calving and then lets them out until they calve again. They employ ABS to look after the breeding from heat detection, AI to in-calf. Alister was very interesting to talk to, and there was a lively questions and answers session. Next we went to Kevin McGrade’s farm. He has a mainly autumn calving herd of high EBI type of cows with good solids, yielding around 6500 – 7000 litres of milk. When we arrived we were given freshly baked scones and tea which was very welcome. Kevin explained as to why he has gone mainly autumn calving. He lives in a very wet part of the country with heavy soil which is challenging. Again there was plenty of questions and answers. We had a lovely breakfast and evening meal in MeadowView in Cavan. All in all a very good day.

On the 9th August we had an event kindly sponsored by FBD for our young members. We had two talks by Emer Kelly and Shane McHugh. Emer spoke to us about how to pick, prepare and handle our young stock at shows. She gave us some helpful tips on what the judge is looking for. Our second speaker Shane explained to us how a cow is classified. He went into great detail in showing us the different steps involved and how the score process worked in reaching the final figure for the cow. We would like to thank both speakers for their excellent demos. We also enjoyed a lovely BBQ at the end of the night to finish things off. A massive thank you to everyone who turned up and preformed at the event.

Congratulations to PJ Kelly on being made President Elect of the IHFA. We wish him the best of luck when he takes up his new role.

Herds Competition
This year our Judge was Oliver Neville. He proved to be a very popular choice. We had the prize giving on the 28th June followed by an AI auction with straws donated be the four AI companies Dovea, Eurogene, Worldwide sires and Progressive Genetics. The results were as follows;

Heifer in Milk
1. Robert and Paul Thompson.
2. John and Yvonne Mills.
3. Kevin, Michael and Miriam Gunn.
Junior Cow
1. Padraic McEnerney
2. Kevin, Michael and Miriam Gunn.
3. Oliver Costello.
Senior Cow
1. Austin Scott
2. Fergus & Jeanne Farrell
3. John & Yvonne Mills
Best overall Herds in Development.
Development Small
1. Austin Scott
2. Fergus & Jeanne Farrell
3. David Heaslip
Development Large
1. Kevin, Michael & Miriam Gunn
2. Stanley & Evelyn Wright
3. John and Yvonne Mills

Premier/Elite Section
Heifer in Milk
1. Michael & Colm Reilly
2. John, Graeme & Avril Taylor
3. PJ & John Kelly.
Junior Cow
1. John, Lily & Edward Beirne
2. John, Graeme & Avril Taylor
3. Edwin Bennett
Senior Cow
1. John, Graeme and Avril Taylor
2. Gerard & Shane McHugh
3. Edwin Bennett

Best Overall Herds
Premier Small
1. Winston Bennett
2. Jason Poyntz
3. Gerard & Shane McHugh
Premier Large
1. Andrew, Anne & Mark Butler
2. Mick & Michael Magan
3. Clifford Poyntz.
Elite Section
1. Edwin Bennett
2. John & Thomas Stone
3. Colm McGerr

Special Awards
Progeny Group
1. Winston Bennett
2. Robert & Paul Thompson
3. Colm McGerr
Cow Family
1. John, Graeme and Avril Taylor
2. Martin Garvey
3. Gerard & Shane McHugh
Lowest SCC
Development Small – Austin Scott
Development Large – Kevin, Michael and Miriam Gunn
Premier Small – John, Lily & Edward Beirne
Premier Large – John Shortall
Elite – Colm McGerr
Lowest Calving Interval
Development Small – Oliver Costello
Development Large – Stanley & Evelyn Wright
Premier Small – John, Lily and Edward Beirne.
Premier Large – John Shortall
Elite – Colm McGerr

Mixed Breed
Development Section – No entries
Premier Section – Joe Devine
Elite Section – John & Thomas Stone

Oldest Cow – Martin Garvey
Highest EBI Cow – John & Deirdre Shortall
Highest Production Cow – Jason Poyntz
Young Stockperson Award – Andrew Farrell

Overall Champion Heifer in Milk
John & Thomas Stone
Overall Champion Junior Cow
Andrew, Anne & Mark Butler
Overall Champion Senior Cow
Winston Bennett
Overall Champion Herd
John, Graeme & Avril Taylor

We are at the planning stages of putting together our winter programmes of events. We hope to have something in November, January and then the AGM and a speaker around March. Details will follow.

Anne Butler

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Events Calendar

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Thu 02

CANCELLED – Knowthfarm Dispersal Sale

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 22

Donegal Club Show & Sale of Calved Heifers

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 25

CANCELLED – Emerald Expo 2020

April 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm