Holstein Friesian herd competition set to kick off this month

The Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Club (KHFBC) has launched its annual herds competition for 2017. The contest is open to pedigree herds, and judging will start on June 19.

The KHFBC herds competition is based on production and conformation, divided into both spring and autumn-calving herd categories. These categories are further divided into senior, intermediate and junior sections based on the points from production and conformation.

There are prizes going for first, second and third place in each section. Various prizes are to be won for the following awards: the best overall cow based on kgs of protein production; the cow with the best lifetime-production; the highest conformation herd; and the highest production herd.

For the best overall heifer, junior cow and senior cow in both categories, there will be first, second and third prizes up for grabs. In addition to this, the herd with the lowest SCC (Somatic Cell Count) in each category will win a prize, as will the highest overall EBI (Economic Breeding Index) herd in the competition.

However, the big prize on the day, the Dairymaster Perpetual Cup, will be awarded for the overall best cow or heifer between the spring and autumn herds.

Dairymaster CEO, Dr. Edmond Harty, commented on the launch, saying: “We are delighted to be supporting the Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders again this year.

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

Adjudication for the competition will be done by Peter Ging of Ballyclider, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, with the prize-giving to take place later in the year.

The deadline for herd entries is June 7, while all entries are asked to be forwarded to Geraldine Harty, Club Secretary, Ballylongane, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry.

For further information on the Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders’ Club herds competition, interested parties can contact club secretary, Geraldine Harty, at: 087-8168281 or club chairman, John Walsh, at: 087-6396648.

The KHFBC also announced that its annual open evening and stock judging competition will take place on Thursday, June 22, on the farm of James Egan, Tarmons, Tarbet, Co. Kerry. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.