14 February 2018

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

Billy Fitzgerald of the Ashview Aberdeen-Angus herd was successfully elected Chairperson of the club for the coming term. One of several new and younger breeders making his mark on the Munster pedigree circuit, Billy was last year’s winner of the Best New Entrant prize at the club’s annual herds competition. Upon his election as chairperson, Billy thanked the membership for their support and is very much looking forward to a busy and productive year ahead.

Edward Dudley agreed to take on another term as club secretary with Albert DeCogan being elected club treasurer after previously serving as chairperson on several occasions.

The club would like to extend its warmest thanks to outgoing treasurer, Patrick McCarthy for his time and commitment to the club over the last number of years.

The annual high health status sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls at Bandon Mart, Bandon, Co. Cork is the first big event for the club in 2018. This year’s sale takes place on Wednesday, April 4th and it is the only Aberdeen-Angus sale of its kind currently in existence in Ireland. All bulls are tested free of 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. Herd health is becoming a bigger concern for all farmers, especially those in the dairy sector and it is hoped that all potential customers with an interest in securing a bull with an established high health status attend on the day.

A busy summer’s activities will see the Youth Development Day Workshop take place at the farm of John & Kate Tait, Westwood, Rostellan, Midleton, Co. Cork on Saturday, July 28th. All young people with an interest in pedigree cattle and all things show related are encouraged to attend. The annual herds competition will also run over the summer and plans are already underway to hold an open day in the region in September. The Munster Junior Bull and Female of the Year competition will also run again this year with points accumulated from the following list of qualifying shows, Midleton, Cork, Dungarvan, Cappamore and Dualla with a champion and reserve prize awarded in both male and female categories at the final in Dualla. The competition is open to all calves registered with the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and exhibited by a breeder living in the Munster province.

Finally, a club tour to Northern Ireland is being planned for late summer (possibily during the first week of September) and we look forward to bringing you a full itinerary from that later in the year.

For more information on any of the club’s activities or upcoming events, please contact club secretary Edward Dudley on 0863559210 or email kilsunnyherd@gmail.com.

Please also make sure to check both the Society website and club Facebook page (www.facebook.com/munsterangus) regularly for all the latest news and updates from the club.