Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Club Awards Night

Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders National organisers and winners at the I.H.F.A Open Day: Michael Maunsell, Daniel Curtin, Peter Kennelly, president I.H.F.A.; Geraldine Harty, club secretary, Christopher Heffernan and John Dillon, club chairman at the annual Kerry Friesian Breeders Herds Competition Awards Ceremony at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant, Ballymacelligott. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Club held its annual herds competition awards night at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott recently.

The competition is open to pedigree herds from all over Kerry and judging was carried out over a week during the summer by Limerick man, Michael Laffan – the herds competition judge.

Set Standards

The KHFBC herds competition is based on meeting set standards and production guidelines and there are spring and autumn category awards with sub-division occurring in some of these categories.

A Long Association

Dairymaster, the Kerry based farm industry giant, has a long association with the Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Club and company representatives took an active part in the presentation of the awards on the night.

Shows, sales, awards, field evenings and social gatherings for the youth wing of the club make up the yearly round for the members.

Officers Elected

At its 2018 annual general meeting the following officers were elected: President: Richard Langford; Vice President: Michael Maunsell; Secretary: Geraldine Harty; Chairperson: John Dillon; Vice Chairperson: Seamus Curran; Treasurer: Leo O’Connor; PRO: John Barrett; YMA Coordinator: Christopher Heffernan; YMA Secretary: Aisling Harty.

About the I.H.F.A.

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) is a member owned organisation directed by an IHFA board which is directly elected from its 3,700 members in 15 club areas of which the Kerry club is one.

The association is licensed by the Department of Agriculture to issue ancestry and pedigree registration certificates.

Upkeep of Herd-book

The IHFA is responsible for the validity and upkeep of the herd-book of Holstein Friesian cattle and for giving direction to the development and promotion of the breed in Ireland through its many events and services.

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