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Record Crowds at IHFA Open Day

The IHFA National Open Day 2013 in association with the “Kilgarriffe” Pedigree registered Holstein Friesian herd of Richard & Marion Helen and family at Clonakilty, Co. Cork took place in glorious sunshine on Tuesday July 16th.

There was a record attendance estimated at over 3,500 of commercial dairy farmers and pedigree breeders from across the country including Northern Ireland and Britain. The events on the day were a major showcase for the Holstein Friesian breed.

IHFA Chairman, Richard Whelan, Kathleen Kelly, Past President of IHFA and Master Judge, Ken Procter and a former President of Holstein UK.

IHFA Chairman, Richard Whelan, Kathleen Kelly, Past President of IHFA and Master Judge, Ken Procter and a former President of Holstein UK.

Charles Gallagher Chief Executive, Mervyn Helen host farmer and John O Flynn, President of IHFA and a local West Cork breeder welcomed the large crowd. The official opening was performed by Eamonn O’Cuiv TD, Fianna Fail spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community affairs.

Other dignitaries included Kevin Dillon, former CE of IHFA, Ken Proctor and his wife Rebecca from the “Airfield Holstein Friesian herd in Norfolk, England, local dignitaries and Agri journalists.

Volunteer members of Cork Southwest Association for Autism distributed cups of coffee & tea and a range of tasty sandwiches, cakes and ice cream to visitors

The IHFA Open Day consisted of Interclub stock judging and presentation of the National Herds Competition results. Other presentations included the Gold and Diamond Awards for individual cow performance.

YMA (young members association) held their stock judging on the day. They introduced a special class for less than 12 years of age which was a novel event with a record number of participants. IHFA also facilitated Macra Na Feirme with their stock judging on the day.

The Master Judges on the day were Tom Kelly, “Monamore” Herd, Co. Louth, John O Sullivan” Lisduff” herd Co. Cork and Ken Proctor, Airfield herd, Norfolk, England.

IHFA parade

Key sponsors were Greenvale Animal feeds who sponsored the National Herds Competition, Lisavaird Coop, Carbery and Clona Dairies who sponsored the Interclub Stock judging and FBD Insurance who sponsored the Gold and Diamond Awards.

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