Member’s Farm Walk, Bar-
and Annual General Meeting at
Irish Moiled Cattle going from Strength to Strength
Members of the Irish Moiled Cattle Society (IMCS) were treated to a great day at Clandeboye Estate, Bangor on Monday 15th July. Around 50 Irish Moiled enthusiasts came together from all over the British Isles to socialise with one another and to hear about the main topic for the day… 'Classification of Irish Moiled Cattle'.
Upon arrival to Clandeboye Estate all the members were given a guided tour around the beautiful walled gardens by the Estate Manager and IMCS Hon. Registrar Mark Logan. Everyone's attention then turned to the informal discussion on classification scoring of Irish Moiled's. Mark Logan once again led the discussion sharing his knowledge and expertise on the subject and how the voluntary system will work. A small number of herds across Northern Ireland have already had some animals scored as a trial run by the classifiers at Holstein UK who will carry out the process independently of the society. Members heard how the classification system will be a very useful tool for identifying the breeds best and most consistent high scoring cow families (VG and EX animals). From the data collected, specific strengths and weaknesses are highlighted allowing informed decisions to be made on making the correct bull selection for your herd and ultimately improving quality within the breed.
After the informal discussion and before the AGM everyone was treated to a BBQ with Irish Moiled burgers and sausages with all the trimmings in the beautiful surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate Courtyard. The weather allowed for a very relaxed chance for everyone to get caught up with each other and allowed new faces to become known!
The AGM began with Mr Richard McConnell (outgoing Chairman) welcoming everyone and handing the 'reins' over to Mr Nigel Edwards (incoming Chairman). The Society wish to thank Richard for all his hard work and dedication over the last number of years and look forward to his continued support on the Board of Directors and we wish Nigel well in his new position. The newly appointed chairman acknowledged that the IMCS and its breed have been going from strength to strength in recent years with excellent promotion of the breed at most shows throughout N.Ireland including the return to Balmoral Show.
''I look forward to my new challenge as Chairman of the Irish Moiled Cattle Society and I hope that the increasing popularity of the breed can continue and become even more widespread.'' said Nigel
Long standing Great Britain Director Louise Smith retired from her position this year and the IMCS would like to offer their thanks for all her efforts in all the roles she undertook in the Society over the years and also wish new Director Lucy Blackwell well in her new role.
The day at Clandeboye was a great success with many members finishing with a tour of Robert Boyles herd of Irish Moiled Cattle in Millisle before making the journey home. The Society wish to thank Mark Logan and everyone at Clandeboye Estate for hosting the day.