Launch of Herds Competition

The Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders Club announced the commencement of their annual Herds Competition this week, launched at the historic Rattoo Round Tower in Ballyduff with main sponsors Dairymaster.

Speaking at the launch, Dairymaster CEO John Harty said: “We are honoured to sponsor the herds competition again this year. The club’s dedication is truly commendable as they continue to strengthen the dairy farming community in the county. They put a lot of effort and time into this competition, so we are delighted to support them. I would like to wish all the entrants the best of luck.”

There are two categories, spring and autumn, which are subdivided into senior, intermediate, junior, novice and new entrants’ sections with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category. Prizes include: Best overall cow based on Kgs of protein production; Highest herd percentage protein; Lifetime production cow; Highest conformation herd & production herd; Lowest Somatic Cell Count; Best overall heifer, junior cow and senior cow; Highest overall EBI herd; Cow families.

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IFA’s Murphy calls for milk price increase

It is quite clear that the market fully justifies an increase in the returns dairy farmers are to receive for their produce, the chairman of the Diary Committee at the ICMSA, Noel Murphy, has declared. 

The month of May is a critical one in terms of annual economic performance for the suppliers of milk and this year there has been increased pressure here through greater cost elements, many of them arising from the extended period of bad weather which have caused considerable damage to milk supplies.

This year has been a particularly difficult one for dairy farmers, following on a very harsh 2023, and it is time to provide a rise in the payments they receive for their output.

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