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Kerry Holstein Competition.

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Pictured at the launch of the Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders herds competition were (l-R) Maurice Harty (club president), Mary Mulvihill (Dairymaster), Richard Langford (club member), Noel Scanlon (Dairymaster) & William Horgan (club member).

The Kerry Holstein-Friesian Breeders Club (KHFBC) recently launched their annual herds’ competition for 2017, which is kindly sponsored by Dairymaster, a world leader in hi-tech dairy farm equipment.

John Walsh, Chairman KHFBC commented; “Using technology for efficient farming is the way forward. Dairymaster’s Swiftflo Commander gives farmers’ information on each cow in the parlour where he needs it. 

At a glance, one can see the important information one needs during milking. It’s very impressive. We also wish to thank Dairymaster for supporting the club."

The KHFBC herd’s competition is based on production and conformation for autumn and spring calving herds.

Both categories are subdivided into senior, intermediate and junior sections based on the points from production and conformation with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.

The prizes this year are for the best overall cow based on kgs of protein production, lifetime production cow, the highest conformation herd and the highest production herd in the spring and autumn categories.

There is a prize for a herd with the lowest SCC in each category. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the best overall heifer, junior cow and senior cow in both sections.

A prize for the highest overall EBI herd in the competition is also available.

The competition is open to pedigree herds and judging will commence on the 19th June by Peter Ging, Chairman of the IHFA. 

The prize giving will take place later in the clubs calendar of events.

The Dairymaster perpetual cup will be awarded for the overall best cow/heifer between spring and autumn herds.

"We are delighted to be supporting the Kerry Holstein-Friesian Breeders again this year.

As herds are getting larger is it important to treat each cow as an individual and having the right information at the right time during milking can significantly help.

Our Swiftflo Commander displays the milk yield, milking time, one can control feed, it can even display if a cow is in heat and one can draft her for AI inspection

– all from the parlour pit.” stated Dr Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster.

The clubs annual open evening and stock judging competition takes place on Thursday 22nd June on the farm of James Egan, Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry

and everyone is welcome to attend.

Closing date for herd entries is 7th June. All entries are to be forwarded to Geraldine Harty, Club Secretary, Ballylongane, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry.

For further information on this competition please contact Geraldine Harty on 087 8168281 or John Walsh on 087 6396648.

Further information on Dairymaster from Mary Mulvihill on 066 7131124 or see">