Pictured above Supreme Champion Hereford at the 2014 National Hereford Show now in demand by pedigree and commercial breeders through Dovea Genetics since joining the top class Irish AI stud.
A total of 130 top quality Hereford cattle are entered in 20 classes and will compete for top honours at the National Hereford Show at Tullamore. (160 entries in total when including classes for pairs etc.)
All the Hereford cattle exhibits this year will be stalled under cover (sponsored by the Irish Hereford Breed Society and Irish Hereford Prime) for the event providing additional comfort for cattle, exhibitors and spectator. It is anticipated that many exhibitors will take advantage of the accommodation to arrive at the show on the Saturday evening well in advance of judging time. This will provide animals and exhibitors an opportunity to be more relaxed than at previous events
The cattle will be judged by Mrs Hazel Timmis of Shraden Herefords, Moore Farm, Baschurch, Shropshire UK. The Shraden herd is one of the leading Hereford herds in the UK where the family also operate an award winning farm shop where its products include delicious Hereford beef. Melissa Timmis Roberts daughter of the appointed judge has kindly accepted an invitation to adjudicate on the young handler class where there are 14 entries this year competing for the coveted WJ Twomey Memorial Trophy.
Given the standard of animals exhibited at the various shows across the country to date strong competition is expected at the National when these animals drawn from the four provinces come together in an endeavour to take home a coveted rosette and placing at the event.
The event will as usual attract Hereford breeders from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Also visiting this year is Jose Bonica Secretary General of the World Hereford Council who hails from Uruguay where the Hereford is the dominant beef breed. Uruguayan Hereford breeders will next year from 11th to the 25th of April host the 17th World Hereford Congress a potent mix of science and cattle which will draw representatives from all the major beef producing countries across the world.