The Radney herd – which was established in 1987 - is managed by Henry and Marie O’Keeffe and their youngest son Liam.
The trio milk a herd of 90 cows – mostly spring-calving and farm a total of 200-acres with a milking block of 105-acres. Recent milk records show an average of 8,874kgs milk at 4.12% fat, 3.74% protein and 697kgs of milk solids.
The quality of the herd - in terms of output, performance and conformation standards - is back-boned by influential cow families including Odetta, Ostrich, Gerrard, Deborah, Triempress and Bella.
“We breed functional cows with good production and longevity, cows with strong udders, feet and legs, that develop into excellent cows and provide a calf every year.”
The family will host the IHFA National Open Day on their farm in Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork on Thursday, June 27th.
"This presents a unique opportunity to view the tremendous breeding and efficient performance of the Radney Herd." an IHFA spokesperson said.
Key cow families will be represented in the teams of cows for the Inter-Club, Macra and Open Stock--Judging.
Radney has deservedly earned a reputation for breeding prowess with major success in the sales ring.
Five Radney-bred bulls have been purchased for AI, while three Radney bulls sold for a combined total of €8,250 at the IHFA Premier Bull Sale in 2017; Radney Figo ET commanded the top price at the Premier Bull sale earlier this year.
Mature cows of fourth lactation or older make up 43% of the herd - an example of good longevity, fertility and durability.
Seven Radney cows have been awarded Gold or Diamond award for achieving 3,000kgs lifetime protein production. 73 % of the herd is classified to VG/EX on conformation standard with IHFA, the top two categories of conformation scoring, capturing functionality.
Herd performance has been recognised with many awards achieved recently.In 2017, the herd was presented with the distinguished RDS Champion of Champions Award in recognition of the national success of the Odetta family.
Radney Holsteins won first place in the spring-calving section in the Cork Club Herds Competition 2017 and 2018; they secured the second place in the IHFA National Herd's competition spring-calving section and also was joint-highest EBI herd 2018.
A celebration sale – which will be conducted by Denis Barrett Auctions – is being held in association with the open day with choice offerings of young stock from top breeding lines.
A selection of photos from the open day launch can be viewed here.
Image source: Radney Holsteins \ Facebook