Youth Competition

This year, the Irish Hereford Breed Society are delighted to announce the competition for Young Irish Hereford Breeders, in conjunction with Slaney Foods Internationl and Lidl Ireland. A team of 4 Young Irish Hereford breeders will be chosen to attend the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020 and compete in the Young Handlers Competition.

The closing date for the Competition was 18th July 2019 and there was a strong interest in the competition with a high standard of applications received. The adjudicators had a tough job to choose just 10 finalists to compete for the 4 places at the conference.

Well done and a huge thank you to all who applied for our Travel bursary to New Zealand to compete in the Young Breeders Competition at the World Hereford Conference in March 2020.

Congratulations to the 10 finalists who were chosen to continue onto the next stage of the competition, in no particular order;

Clodagh Lynch, Cork.

Sinead Conry, Roscommon.

Mark Stewart, Monaghan.

Ross Bateman, Cork.

James Thompson, Carlow.

Catherine Smyth,Meath.

Eoin Lynch, Cork.

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Limerick.

Michael Barrett, Cork.

Katie Brady, Cavan.

Since being chosen, our 10 finalists have been very busy with the next stages of the competition. Each candidate attended at Cattle Showing workshop; the first workshop was held on the farm of Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald of Grianan Herefords in Co. Westmeath last Saturday 27th July. Anselm was both the host and the demonstrator for 5 of the midlands candidates; Catherine, James, Katie, Mark & Sinead.

Workshop in Fitzgeralds. Lto R: Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman), Henry Dudley (IHBS President), Larry Feeney (IHBS Secretary), Katie Brady, Sinead Conry, James Thompson, Mark Stewart, Catherine Smyth, Tom Fitzgerald, Anselm Fitzgerald, Louise Callan (IHBS Development Officer

The second workshop was held last Wednesday 31st July in Bandon Mart. Michael O’Keeffe of Gurteragh Herefords, kindly supplied the cattle and transported them from Newmarket on the morning of the event. The demonstrator on the day was Peter O’Connell who is well known for his cattle handling and showing abilities. All 5 Munster candidates made their way to Bandon for the day; Clodagh, Eoin, Hannah, Michael & Ross.

Workshop in Bandon: L to R: Michael O’Keeffe, Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman), Pat McCarthy (IHBS Council), Michael Barrett, Eoin Lynch, Clodagh Lynch, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan & Ross Bateman.

From there, each candidate has to attend an agricultural show of their choice and show and animal in the show ring. This stage of the competition began In Nenagh on bank holiday Monday 5th August and will continue on through various shows for the months of August and September i.e. Tullamore, Ballygarvan, Trim, Strokestown etc.

Stage 3 for all finalists is to create a video or presentation promoting the Hereford breed in their own opinion. Each candidate is being marked on each stage of the competition to give each candidate a fair chance in the competition.

The final stage of the competition will be a short interview at the Ploughing Championships in Co. Carlow on Wednesday 18th September 2019 and winners will be announced thereafter.

Keep an eye on our competitions page (https://irishhereford.com/category/competition/) for more info as the competition progresses.

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