New president sets out his agenda
A strong commitment on the delivery of service to "each and every member" during his tenure of office has been given by the newly elected president of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society, Kevin Maguire.
In an open letter to the 2,600 members of the largest pedigree beef breed society in the country, the Navan, Co Meath breeder also committed to a review of the registration fees charged to breeders, with a view to reducing the current charge, if possible.
It is changing times at the helm of the society, founded more than half a century ago, with the recent retirement of the long service secretary, Nuala Hourihane, coinciding with the routine leadership change.
Nuala was known and loved by breeders the length and breath of the country for the service which she gave to the society over the past 42 years and her successful successor will have a difficult act to follow.
Kevin is well aware that he is taking over the presidency at a challenging time for most of the continental beef breeds to cope with the demands of the processing sector for lighter carcase weights.
"I believe that we can cope with the challenges and with good management it is possible to easily get Charolais finished within the weight limits that the factories are looking for," he said.
"A lot of work has been done in breeding for easier calving, and Charolais with good milk supply and we will continue to work with the breeders to ensure that the breed has a good future."
The breeders and members are the most important part of our society, he said. "Each breeder, big and small make up the largest breed society in the country. As council, our duty is to represent all of you as best we can and to represent ourselves while doing so.