Clareman takes the helm with Herefords
For the first time since its foundation, the Irish Hereford Breed Society has elected a Co Clare man to the office of president.
Frank Considine, from Clohanmore West, Cree, Kilrush, took up office on Friday and is looking forward to a busy time now that the show season is in full swing.
A member of the society's council since 2009, Frank founded the Banner Herd in 1997 and has since then developed a tight unit of breeding females which breed regularly and milk well.
He uses semen from the society's Breed Improvement Programme and has had some considerable success. His Banner Dandy, a son of the successful Australian sire Churchill Storm, sold to Dovea AI, successfully completed performance testing at Tully Test Station. Most progeny from the herd is sold locally.
Hereford cows are suited to the area, he says, and do little damage through poaching, etc, due to their moderate mature body size and docility.
The new vice-president is Glenn Jacob, from Dunsinane, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.