20 March 2017

The AGM of the Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club took place recently, with another busy year’s worth of events approved at the meeting.

Dr. Michael Sheahan of the Luddenmore Aberdeen-Angus herd was successfully elected Chairperson of the club for the coming two years with Edward Dudley and Patrick McCarthy continuing on in their roles as secretary and treasurer respectively. The club would like to extend its warmest thanks to outgoing chairperson, Albert DeCogan for his time and commitment to the club over the previous two years.

One of the more active clubs on the Irish circuit, the club is gearing up for its annual high health status sale of bulls at Bandon Mart on April 5th. All bulls are tested for IBR and BVD and vaccinated against IBR, BVD and Lepto with the dam of the bull also being tested free of Johne’s Disease. It is expected to have around 20 bulls on offer for sale on the day.

The Club is looking forward to see the return of a Youth Development Day to the region and this will take place at the farm of John & Kate Tait, Westwood, Rostellan, Midleton, Co. Cork on Saturday, July 29th. All young people with an interest in pedigree cattle all things show related are encouraged to attend.  

The annual herds competition will return in a similar format to last year and it’s expected that many of the top herds in the region will compete for the top prizes on offer in each section. The winners of this year’s herds competition will be announced at the annual Club Open Day in mid September.

Please note, that individual animals must be registered with the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association in order to be eligible to win the best heifer calf, best bull calf and best stock bull prizes. This is a new rule for the 2017 competition.

The 2017 Open Day will be very kindly hosted by Brian Jeffrey and family of the well-established Knock Aberdeen-Angus herd near Midleton, Co. Cork. In existence for over 100 years, the herd promises to showcase the very best of the breed and will be an occasion not to be missed.

Finally, the Club is pleased to announce the introduction of a brand new Munster Junior Bull and Female of the Year competition. Points will be accumulated from the following list of qualifying shows, Midleton, Cork, Skibbereen, Dungarvan and Dualla with a champion and reserve prize awarded in both male and female categories at the final. The competition is open to all calves registered with the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and exhibited by a breeder living in the Munster province. The finals will take place at Dualla Show in late August and this new competition is expected to add extra interest to an already packed summer showing schedule.

For more information on any of these exciting developments or upcoming events, please contact club secretary Edward Dudley on 0863559210 or email kilsunnyherd@gmail.com. Please also make sure to check both the website and club Facebook page (facebook.com/munsterangus) regularly for all the latest news and updates from the club.