Claire Kirby and Rachel Corley flew the Irish flag at the European Confrontation Show at Libramont, Belgium over the weekend.
The IHFA YMA members stood second (Claire) and third (Rachel) in the stockmanship competition; Claire was also awarded Honourable Mention at the European Championships.
A bluetongue outbreak meant that Irish animals could not attend the international event; however, the Irish competitors were supplied with heifers shortly after their arrival.
Releasing a statement, IHFA Young Members Association said: “Thanks to Donal Carey for accompanying the girls on the trip and a massive thanks to everyone who has helped and supported Rachel and Claire at the show and in preparations beforehand!”
Claire – a Cork native - studied Dairy Herd Management at Clonakilty Agricultural College and graduated in 2018. She works with World Wide Sires and is involved in the running of Mounteen Holsteins.
Claire has numerous respectable championships titles under her belt including Champion Handler at the National YMA finals 2018, West Cork heifer-in-milk with Mounteen Dempsey Zoe at Clonakilty Show 2018 and she competed in the HYB finals in 2018.
Other achievements include representing the IHFA at the European Young Breeders’ School and placed second in her class in 2015.
Rachel Corley (Breffni/Oriel club) – a Leaving Certificate student – hopes to study Agricultural Science at third-level.
She helps her father run the Cornboro herd which comprises of 70 pedigree Holstein cows along with 100 heifers and calves.
She represented the IHFA at the European Young Breeders School in Belgium in 2015 and won her handling class.
“I have also represented my club in stock judging at national level at the IHFA Open Day.”
“This year, I won my handling class at the National Calf Show and got reserve champion handler; I also won the Individual clipping and won the clipping at the YMA weekend rally.”
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