IHFA open day attracts 2,500
THERE were 2,500 people at the Irish Holstein Friesian Association's (IHFA) open day in Kilkenny last week. Twenty-five yearling heifers from the host's Swiftsheath herd averaged €2,250 in the draft sale, with the six month-old Swiftsheath Bluesky Fran netting the top price of €4,600gns.
The winners of the national herds competition were also revealed, with Tipperary breeder Eamon McLoughney winning the spring calving section, Damien Wynne from Cavan scooping the award for herds with less than 70 cows, and the Barretts from Cork taking the honours in the large herds section. Christy O'Connor from Galway claimed the EBI award.
In the stock-judging finals, the Tipperary and Waterford team of Liam Hassett, Tom Julian and Eamonn McLoughney won the senior section from the runners-up from Cork.
The highest individual score on the day went to Padraic Murphy, with 1,457 points.
Northern Irish teams won both the 18-30 year-old and under 18's sections with team members Andrew Patton, Andrew Kennedy, William Bolton, James Weatherup, Matthew Muldrew and Matthew McClean.