Club Committee 2022

President Michael Maunsell
Vice President Tim Mc Ellistrim
Chairman Leo O’Connor 086 2270537
Secretary Maurice Harty 087 6386260
Vice Chairman Johnny O’Hanlon
Treasurer Donal Leahy
Club P.R.O. James Egan 086 3650665
YMA Co-ordinator Aisling Harty 087 3495767
YMA Secretary Ronan O’Mahony 087 4486291

Club Notes – Winter 2021

Field evening at Padraig Healy and family

It was great to have our annual Field evening/stock judging event back!!! Kindly sponsored by Kerry Agribusiness, the competition was held in July at Padraig Healy’s farm, Kilcummin under COVID guidelines. Special thanks to Mike Laffan who was our judge for the night.

We were also joined at the field evening by John Kirby, classifier with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association. John spoke about the classification and linear scoring of a cow. John explained “it’s the measurement of the functional traits of a cow”. Thank you, John, for speaking at our event. Check out John’s presentation on our facebook page.

Stock judging results from Padraig Healys field evening sponsored by Kerry Agribusiness.

Congratulations to all the winners

Under 12

  1. Padriag McElligott
  2. Des O’Carroll
  3. Donal Jnr O’Sullivan


  1. Aimee O’Donovan
  2. Michael Savage
  3. Ronan O Mahoney
  4. Conal Savage
  5. Eva Costello
  6. Gearoid Harty
  7. Cormac Walsh
  8. Muiris Harty
  9. Muiris Kearney
  10. Kate Maunsell


  1. Jack Walsh
  2. Padraig Broderick, Jack Goulding
  3. Aisling Harty
  4. Kevin O’Connor
  5. Aoife O’Riordan
  6. Aaron Healy
  7. Aaron Williams
  8. Brian James
  9. Noirin Kennelly
  10. Ian O’Connor


  1. John Dillon
  2. Sean Egan
  3. John Walsh
  4. Kieran Savage
  5. Eamon O’Donovan
  6. Maurice Costello
  7. Donal Leahy
  8. Jer Daly
  9. Patrick Buckley
  10. Nora Walsh

Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Herds Competition Results 2021

A big shout out to our sponsors Dairymaster for their continued support with this great competition and Hughes Bar, Cordal for hosting our awards night. Thank you to all the participants, the committee for all their hard work organising the event, especially our coordinator Geraldine Harty and our judges Robert and Sylvia Helen and John O Callaghan.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Autumn Senior Category

  1. Maurice & Geraldine Harty
  2. Michael & Noreen  Maunsell
  3. Tim Kirby

Autumn Intermediate Category

  1. John Dillon
  2. Kieran Harty
  3. Kieran Savage

Spring Senior Category

  1. James Egan
  2. Ronan Siochru
  3. William Horgan

Spring Intermediate Category

  1. Sean Begley
  2. Ross O’Neill
  3. Liam Quilter

Spring Junior Category

  1. Eddie Walsh
  2. John Joe Dillon
  3. Patrick Costello

Spring Junior A Category

  1. Anthony O Connor
  2. John Foley
  3. Tommy Maunsell

Pure Friesian Category

  1. Michael Kissane
  2. John Goulding
  3. Tim Mulvihil

Non Recorded Category

  1. Leo O’Connor
  2. Sean Shine
  3. James Dillon

New Entrants > 66 cows

  1. Michael Quirke
  2. Florence McCarthy
  3. Timothy Sheehy

New Entrants < 66 cows

  1. Paudie Relihan
  2. Michael Creed
  3. Sean Keane

Highest Production Herd


J.P. O’Carroll

Highest Production Herd


Tom & Alan Quinn

Best Conformation Herd


Michael & Noreen Maunsell

Best Conformation Herd Spring

James Egan

Overall Lifetime Production Cow

Maurice & Geraldine Harty

Highest Cow in Kg Protein

J.P. O’Carroll

Lowest S.C.C. Herd

1  Gerard  & Darragh Curtin
3  David Lovett

 Highest E. B.I. Herd

  1. Michael Murphy
  2. John Galvin
  3. Michael Creed

Highest Herd in % Protein

  1. John Foley
  2. Paul Dowd
  3. JP O Carroll

Young Stock Person
Vincent Carey & Sean O’Sullivan

2021 Bull Sale

Thank you to everyone at Gortatlea Mart and Maurice Brosnan for hosting our annual bull sale in April. Demand was high with some great quality bulls sold on the day, 85% clearance for the club 11 out of 13 present were sold. Congratulations to John and Jack Goulding(pictured) who had the top priced bull of the sale (€2540). Presenting was Declan Roche of Lee Strand Milk along with our chairman Leo O Connor. Thank you to Lee Strand for the sponsorship. Thanks also to the Irish Holstein Friesian Association for supplying the sale catalogues. Wishing best of luck to all the new owners.

Animal Nutrition

We held an Animal Nutrition Event looking at winter feeding and mineral supplementation delivered by Alltech. Bernard Stack, (InTouch Nutrition) spoke about winter feeding strategies for youngstock, dry cows and milking cows.

Eddie Phelan, Alltech, spoke on mineral supplementation on farm and avoiding milk fever in dry cows. Thanks to Eddie and Bernard for their presentations and Micheal Griffin, Lerrig for hosting the event.

Herd profile Ross O Neill

We have started to do some video herd profiles on our Facebook page, the first one is of Ross o Neill of Lissa Holsteins. Ross, a sixth generation dairy farmer milks 180 pedigree Holsteins cows in Lissataggle just outside Tralee. This video was kindly sponsored by Roche’s Feeds. Check it out on our facebook page.

2021 Champion Cow

Overall Champion Cow Herds Competition 2021 bred by Tim and Lauren Fitzmaurice of Leagh Holsteins.

Lynbrook Predestine Dream was recently classified EX94! Her dam is Ever- Green- View A Dream who is the highest classified Snowman at EX94 2E. Predestine is in her fifth lactation. In her last lactation she did 13000kg at 4% bf and 3.8% pr. She has done over 1000kgs of solids and is milking at the moment around 60 litres a day.

She is housed at the O Hanlon family farm who are doing a great job with her.


We had our AI night this year online on our Facebook page. This year seven AI companies took part.

Munster Bovine, Eurogene AI, World Wide Sires Ireland, Dovea Genetics, Sire Sense, Dunmasc Genetics, Bova Genetics

Each company presented a short pre recoded video on suggested bulls for the upcoming breeding season and other various topics. We would like to thank all the AI companies for taking part and for kindly sponsoring straws which we raffled shortly afterwards.

Fertility presentation by Robert Flahive

Back in April the breeding season started on most farms and with that we had an interesting presentation from vet Robert Flahive of Castleview Veterinary Services, Listowel. The presentation was entitled Practical approaches to herd fertility with interesting information on synchronisation, targets for breeding and much more. Special thanks to Robert for this presentation.

AHV Udder Health Workshop

In conjunction with AHV Ireland we held an udder health workshop on the farm of John Dillon, Piperhill, Listowel. AHV discussed the importance of pain relief & use of anti-inflammatory, covering things like Acute vs Chronic and what to expect after an AHV tablet has been used. We also heard from farmers who are actively using AHV solutions and their experience to date.

Upcoming events

We will be having our AGM at the start of December this year.

Our annual Silage competition will be open for entries very soon.

We are hoping to organise a farm trip over the winter, we will let out members know when this will take place.

We have had a great year as a club with a lot of new members and plenty of events taking place. New members always welcome, safe farming. Ronan Siochru P.R.O.