Raheenarran Herd host Pure Friesian Open Day 2018
The sun shone on Kilkenny for the IHFA Pure Friesian Open Day held at the Raheenarran Herd of Bryan and Gail Daniels, Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny. Situated 950 feet above sea level, they run a 300+ cow pedigree registered herd based on mostly Friesian breeding.
Bryan’s parents had worked hard over the years such that Bryan and Gail and children Shannon and Toby, ably assisted by farm manager Andrew Doyle and other key staff, now continue that progressive farming legacy.
Having taken over the farm aged 19, Bryan focused entirely on building the dairy herd. Since then he has continued to identify and meet key benchmarks in efficiency in herd output and performance.
Farming near Kilmoganny in south Kilkenny, the farm sold over 440kgs of milk solids in 2017. The target is to sell between 480 and 500kgs from a predominantly grazed grass diet.
The proceedings on the day included the stock judging with Tom Murphy, Swiftsheath Herd as judge for the day, a view through the herd, trade exhibition, presentation of prizes and auction of a few select lots of the high genetic merit Raheenarran Herd.
Pure Friesian Herds Competition – sponsored by FBD – Results
1st – Micheál Spillane, Mountain Herd, Tullamaine, Fethard, Co. Tipperary
2nd – Bill O’Keeffe, Churchclara Herd, Co. Kilkenny
3rd – Peadar Healy, Firoda Herd, Castlecomer Herd, Co. Kilkenny
Stock judging results – sponsored by DeLaval
Under 18s Stock Judging
1st – Lar Murphy, Co. Kilkenny
2nd – Pauric Coleman, Co. Carlow
3rd – Christopher Walsh, Co. Waterford
Senior Stock Judging
1st – John C Murphy, Ballagh, Kilmannagh, Co. Kilkenny
2nd – Johnathan Crowley, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny
3rd -Ernest Seale, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
The Irish Pure Friesian Club consists of members who are committed to Friesian breeding and the achievement of quality in conformation and production using dedicated Friesian bloodlines. The breed is recognized for fertility, high ilk solids output, longevity and providing additional family farm income through the sale of surplus stock.
To learn more about the IHFA or the Irish Pure Friesian Club, go to www.ihfa.ie or call 023 8833443.