Mr William (Willie) Branagan the well-known Co Westmeath Hereford breeder from Clonleam, Delvin and proprietor of the Clonleam pedigree Hereford herd has been elected Chairman of the Irish Hereford Breed Society for a third consecutive three year term. In a break with precedent and tradition the appointment by the Society’s council is made at a time of expansion in demand for the breed which has been enjoying some considerable success in recent years. The maximum term of office held by any previous chairman is two three year terms.
Demand for Hereford bulls is growing in both dairy and beef herds as beef producers strive to meet demand for quality assured Hereford cross beef required to satisfy growing demand for the Hereford branded beef programs the Society is involved in. These outlets have proven a lucrative source of income for beef producers with premium prices available for suitable stock.
2014 has seen an increase of 19.7% in Hereford cross calves born with a similar increase in demand through AI over the same period. Demand for pedigree breeding heifers has seen a marked growth in demand with many new entrants to membership of the Society.
The Society holds it first show and sale of 2015 at Tullamore on Tuesday March 24th next. This promises to be an ideal opportunity for prospective purchasers to select from a line of quality stock.
The Society wishes Mr Branagan well as chairman.