Organisers of the 2021 Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders annual herd competition has issued a call for entries.
The competition, which Dairymaster, international leaders in dairy equipment manufacturing, is the main sponsor of, took place at its global headquarters in Causeway recently.
This competition aims to promote good production and conformation in Holstein Friesian herds.
Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders herd competition
At the launch, the chairman of the KHFBC, Leo O’ Connor, said: “I would like to sincerely thank Dairymaster for their continued support of the Kerry Holstein Friesian Breeders herds competition.”
“It is very much appreciated every year, and this would not be possible without their sponsorship.”
“We are delighted to see that the herds competition is continuing to grow each year with our new entrants’ category being a huge success last year.”
Categories and prizes
There are two categories, spring and autumn, subdivided into senior, intermediate, junior, and new entrants’ sections with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.
- 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;
- Pure Friesian class.
How to enter
The competition is open to pedigree herds, and judging will commence from July 19th, 2021. Robert Helen and John O’ Callaghan are this year’s judges.
The overall best cow/heifer between spring and autumn herds will receive the Dairymaster perpetual cup.
Organisers will hold an awards night, open evening, and stock judging competition at a later stage, when suitable to do so.
The closing date for entries is Friday, July 2nd 2021. Send all entries to Geraldine Harty, Herds Competition Coordinator, Ballylongane, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry.
John Harty, CEO, Dairymaster, said: “We are delighted to support the Kerry Herds competition once again.”
“It is rewarding for those in the competition to get acknowledged for their work. The cup and trophies mean a lot. However, to be involved in this prestigious competition is a win in itself.”
“The last 18 months have shown the strong industry we are all part of. It is great to see the positive difference we make on farms every day.”