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Flying Trade at Final Hereford Society Sale

The Irish Hereford Society held the last of its Spring Sales in Nenagh on Saturday 19th of May. A buoyant sale was enjoyed with a strong demand for young bulls in particular. Judging the event was father and son duo Eugene & Eoin Lynch from the Droumdaniel herd in Bantry, Co. Cork. The pair are familiar faces in the show ring having judged the Premier Autumn Sale last October.

It was unfortunate that the sale clashed with the Royal Wedding, however we managed to have some blue-blood at the event, in the form of a king. This was “Castleday King” owned by Michael Farrell, who went on to top the sale on the day securing €3,700. This double 4 star 18 month old bull is sired by Dovea’s top selling AI sire for 2017 ‘Cill Cormaic Kasper’. A smashing bull for his age, “Castledaly King” will now join the Ballyaville herd, a well recognized herd-name in the world of Hereford’s which is owned by the Deverell’s.Michael Farrell with his sale-topper “Castledaly King” that secured €3,700

Following close behind was Rory Farrell’s “Ballinveney Tiger” making a total of €3,600 which was paid by Phil Smyth from the Ardmulchan herd in Navan, Co. Meath. This fine 13 month old bull contains bloodlines from ‘Yarram Star General’ and Bowmont Storm’ which are largely responsible for giving “Tiger” a more traditional Hereford appearance, something that Rory Farrell would be well recognised for.The “Ballinveney Tiger” bull that sold for €3,600. Left – Right: Rory & Daniel Farrell, Catherine Smyth, Seamus & Brian Farrell, and Conor Gleeson

Padraig McGrath’s 13 month old “Kye Hotspur 783” sold for €3,400 to the well decorated herd of Kilsunny. Having 5 stars for both indexes and a impressive calving difficulty of 2.8% this attractive looking young bull is sired by the well known Free Town Hotspur and will hopefully serve Trevor Dudley well.Padraig & Catherine McGrath with “Kye Hotspur 783”, sold for €3,400 to Trevor Dudley of the Kilsunny Herd

Having been entered for the first Nenagh sale but unable to make the event due to a sore foot “Cave Hill Pogba” recovered well to make the second of our Nenagh sales, securing a price of €2,950. An exceptionally well bred bull of great breed character and out of one Padraig’s super cow families ‘Cave Hill Adorable’. Giving the inclement weather conditions at the start of the year, many farmers were finding it difficult to part with money as cash flow was tight. As a results many breeders felt they weren’t being dealt a fair price when it came to selling bulls. It’s clear that Padraig made the right choice in holding of to sell ‘Pogba’ until  conditions improved which resulted in him achieving a price of €700 extra on previous offers.Another bull by Trillick Hotspur was Padraig & Patrick Farrell’s “Cave Hill Pogba” which made  €2,950

Champion in the pre-showing event went to “Cill Cormaic Padraig Pearse” bred by David Larkin who bid his way up to a price of €2,800. This 16 month old bull is sired by David’s stock bull ‘Cill Cormaic Lincoln’ which has done well for the Cill Cormaic herd in recent years.

Champion in the pre-showing event went to “Cill Cormaic Padraig Pearse” which later sold for €2,800. Left – Right: David Larkin, Theresa Cunningham and IHBS President Pat McCarthy. Judges Eugene & Eoin Lynch in back row.

Nigel Heatrick’s Glaslough Rascal was the second of three bulls to hit the €2,800 mark on the day. A powerfully built bull that will be going straight to work, entering a herd of over a 100 cows it’s clear that new owner Pat Heffernan was looking for a sire with length, strength and all round conformation.

Glaslough Rascal owned by Sam & Nigel Heatrick sold for €2,800 Pat Heffernan from Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary

The third bull to hit the €2,800 mark was Tom & Anselm’s Fitzgerald’s “Grainan Ricky 2” who sold to Nicholas Cronin from Co. Cork. This 14 month old bull scored full marks on both indexes and also has heifers served.

 “Grianan Ricky 2” bred by Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald sold for €2,800 to Nicholas Cronin (pictured below) from Berrings, Co. Cork. Exhibitor Ciaran Kinahan above

Liam Deely from Charleville, Co. Cork purchased “Ardlahan Reg” from Darren O’Rourke Kildimo Co. Limerick. This 18 month old bull is sired by Trillick Hotspur who is  known for producing animals that go on to perform well within the show circuit and sales ring.Darren & Conor O’Rourke after selling their bull “Ardlahan Reg” for €2,600

Reserve Champion went to “Ballyraggan Raldep 865th” bred by James Thompson from Co. Carlow. Born in August 2016 this 21 month old bull is sired by their stock Ballinveney Pedlar, who has done exceptionally well for the Ballyragan herd since he was purchased at a Nenagh sale a few years back from Rory Farrell. Reserve ChampionReserve Champion Ballyraggan Raldep 865th with owner James Thompson, Judges Eugene & Eoin Lynch and IHBS President Pat McCarthy.

The sale produced a clearance rate of 72% with bulls selling to an average price of  €2550, which is slightly less than last year’s sale average however this can be largely attributed to  the challenging weather conditions farmers faced at the start of the year. Overall, the demand for Hereford was good and the results from this sale combined with the prices achieved at the final Kilkenny sale is a breath of fresh air.

We look forward to the start of the shows over the coming few months which I’m sure will no doubt display much competition among breeders and hopefully yet again allow the Hereford breed to establish itself as one of the main breeds at these exhibition events throughout the country.


Bandon Show 2018

Report & Photos: Edward Dudley

Judge: Mr. David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly

Overall Male & Supreme Hereford Breed Champion: Butlerstown Breeze, Shane O’ Driscoll, Butlerstown North, Bandon, Co. Cork.

Overall Female & Reserve Supreme Hereford Champion: Kilsunny Lass Lily, Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Reserve Male Champion: Churchcrosspoll 1 Buster, Gerry & Ciara McNamara, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Reserve Female Champion: Kilsunny Lass Melissa, Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Class Results:

Senior Bull, born before 31.08.2017

1st: Gerry & Ciara McNamara, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare

Churchcrosspoll 1 Buster, 04.11.16, Gurteragh Justice, Colismorepoll 1 Sydney 607


Bull calf, born after 01.08.2017

1st: Shane O’ Driscoll, Butlerstown North, Bandon, Co. Cork

Butlerstown Breeze, 04.09.17, Trillick Hotspur, Skehanore Violet A812

2nd: John & Frank Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Appel 1 Magic, 11.08.2017

3rd: Anthony McCarthy, Banteer, Co. Cork

Banteer 1 Gem 20, 08.09.2017


Cow, any age

1st: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Kilsunny Lass Lily, 18.10.14, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Gem

2nd: Shane O’ Driscoll, Butlerstown North, Bandon, Co. Cork

Skehanore Violet A812, 05.02.15, Balleen Plomber, Skehanore Nectar

3rd: Mary Pat Dineen, Lislevane House, Bandon, Co. Cork

Dunworleypoll 1 Fay, 01.04.15, Grousehall 1 Premier, Dunworley Krystle


Senior heifer, born between 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2017

1st: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Kilsunny Lass Melissa, 13.01.16, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Fluffy

2nd: Tom Roycroft, West Green, Dunmanway, Co. Cork

Springvilla Miriam Duke, 01.10.16, Knockmountagh Duke, Springvilla Miriam

3rd: Ciara & Gerry McNamara, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare

Solpoll 1 Starlet N3, 15.09.15, Panmure 1 Henry, Solpoll 1 Starlet


Heifer calf born after 01.08.2017

1st: Dermot Whelton, Cullane West, Leap, Co. Cork

Hazel Grove Damzel, 13.11.17, Gageboro Morgan, Newstar Autumn

2nd: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Kilsunny Lass Oprah, 07.08.17, Clooncullane King 322, Kilsunny Lass Kimberly

3rd: Ciara & Gerry McNamara, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare

Churchcross Petula, 09.09.17, Steil Gerard, Fortfarm Kitty

Hereford Bursary Competition back for its 3rd Year

Win one of 5 €1,000 Agricultural Education Bursaries

Due to the popularity of the Irish Hereford Bursary Competition, over the past two years attracting interest from numerous aspiring students hoping to pursue a career in the agri-sector, we have decided to organise it again for the 3rd consecutive year.

The competition is funded by the Irish Hereford Breed Society in collaboration with Slaney Foods International & LIDL Ireland, who are delighted to support this programme again in 2018.

Here are two of the testaments received from previous winners:

“From start to finish, the competition was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, with many great people met along the way. It can provide students with a motivating challenge to show their interest in the industry which they will find themselves leading, in years not so far into the future. The scheme helped prepare me academically and financially for my studies at UCD and I could not recommend it enough to anybody planning a career in the agri-sector.”  – Noel Bardon, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 

“I would 100% recommend taking part in the competition to any young person with an interest in Irish agriculture. The entire process is incredibly rewarding and the experience you get is fantastic. I was thrilled to win a bursary, but more importantly for me was the work and study I put into the essay. It proved to me a passion and capability that I had for agriculture and cemented my decision to become more involved in the farm.” – Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Croom, Co. Limerick


To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: “A Young Farmer’s opportunities and challenges in Beef Farming”. Discuss (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 31st August 2018 to:

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday 10th September and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 19th September to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.

For further details of the programme please see Terms and Conditions at  You can also find these at and

In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855.


AWARDS: 5 x €1,000 Bursary Awards
SPONSORS: The Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lidl Ireland and Slaney Foods International

In order to participate in this competition, you must choose and begin a Level 6 or higher course in Agriculture in 2018 in Ireland.

To enter, submit an assignment entitled:

A Young Farmer’s Opportunities and
Challenges in Beef Farming” – Discuss

Email your application to: by
no later than Friday 31st August, at 11:59 pm. Limit one assignment per person, which must be written in English and must not exceed two thousand (2,000) words. No substitutions, new drafts or corrected pages will be accepted once you have submitted your
original assignment. All assignments become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned. Sponsors assume no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries. By submitting an application, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding.

Sponsors are looking for eligible applicants who submit assignments that are well-written and clearly and creatively address the topic. We will select ten (10) potential winners based on the criteria of writing ability (20 percent), passion for agriculture (20 %), originality
(25 %), overall excellence (25 %) and interview (10 %).

Potential winners will be contacted by phone on Monday 11th September. They will then be required to attend the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 19th September and be available to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners. In the event of a tie, the final winners will be the applicants with the higher score for
overall excellence. Sponsors shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winners for any reason. Prize-winning assignments may be posted on the Sponsors’ Websites, or used in other marketing
materials, without further compensation or notice to the winners, and the applicants consent and confirm the same herein.

Five winners will receive a Bursary prize in the amount of one thousand Euro (€1,000.00) each. Each Bursary prize will be in the form of a cheque made payable to the prize recipient, once he/she has enrolled in an accredited institution and submitted proof of enrollment to the Sponsors in the form of a receipt from their institution of choice. Bursary prize recipients must submit proof of enrollment within 30 days of notification. Bursary prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No cash equivalent prizes will be awarded. The awarding of any bursary prize is contingent upon full compliance with these official rules. Applicants agree to be bound by official rules and agree that if any scholarship prize recipient fails to provide proof of identity, is found to have violated the official rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, the scholarship prize will be forfeited. Applicants understand that Sponsors are not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this scholarship programme and acceptance, possession and use of scholarship prize. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the scholarship programme or in the announcement of the Bursary prize.

By submitting an Assignment, you acknowledge that the Sponsors may also call and/or send you information that pertains to your application.

Except where prohibited, by accepting a Bursary prize, the prize recipients agree that Sponsors may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promotions.

7. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION Each person who enters this competition represents and warrants to Sponsors that Assignment entered is the applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work.

Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the Scholarship Programme, to be acting in violation of these official rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

The names of the 5 Bursary recipients will be posted on the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Slaney Foods International and Lidl websites.

The Bursary is sponsored by the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lidl Ireland and Slaney Foods International.

Average of €2,500 at Kilmallock

The weather seems to be all that’s talked about at the minute, given the long winter we experienced at the start of the year leaving farmers facing an uphill battle with fodder shortage and poor ground conditions, which  impeded earlier Spring sales.

With animals now making their way out to pastures and ground conditions looking to improve the only thing to worry about is having cows in calf for next February, which means a bull would have to be purchased. We got the sunshine we were promised last week which saw a much improved demand for bulls with 60% clearance coupled with a price range of of €2,200-3,050 equating to a very respectable average of €2,500.

There was much more energy around the sales ring in comparison to previous sales as customers seemed more willing to secure a bull on this occasion. The bulls that sold well had one thing in common, they all had mix of the Australian bull Churchill Storm in their pedigree, a bull which was introduced to Irish breeders through the Breed Improvement Scheme over 12 years ago.

Top price went to Clondrina 1186th owned by Gerard & Declan Donnelly who accepted €3,050 for their champion of the event. This powerful bull has been out on grass for the past month and is very keen to get out and bull cows. On paper Donnelly’s champion performed very well scoring 5 & 4 stars for terminal and replacement indexes along with a figure of 3.4% for calving difficulty. Sired by their stock bull Balleen Gilbert who has worked very well for the Clondrina herd producing quality Herefords that have always done well for the Donnelly’s at numerous shows & sales.  This 21 month old bull showed great breed character ticking all the boxes you would expect to see in a traditional Hereford bull along with attractive pedigree lines with sires Gageboro Eugenic and Churchill Storm running through his bloodlines.Overall Champion Clondrina 1186th with (left – right) Niall Jones (Judge) Declan Donnelly (Owner) Pat McCarthy (IHBS President) and Glenn Jacob (Judge).

Rory Farrell’s Ballinveney Talent was second best on the day as he sold for €3,000 to Ger Mitchell from Grange, Co. Limerick.  Having been awarded Reserve Champion at Nenagh the previous week but failing to meet his reserve Rory made the right choice in holding off until the following Friday as Kilmallock seemed to offer a larger selection of customers. This fertility tested bull who was out-wintered is sired by Gageboro Morgan, similar to the champion this bull offered the attractive bloodlines of Gageboro Eugenic and Chruchill Storm.Ballinveney Talent (sold for €3,000) with owner Rory & Daniel Farrell and handler Conor Gleeson.

Trillick Jasper owned by JJ Farrell sold for €2,800 to Kathleen Stokes, Tullylease, Co. Cork. Jasper has great length and shape to him at just 16 months old who is sired by the well known Steil Gerard a bull who also has Churhill Storm within his pedigree status. JJ’s second bull Trillick Bruce is sired by the old reliable Free Town Hotspur. Bruce went for a similar price with Walter Shorten, from Askeaton, Co. Limerick becoming the new owner for a price of €2,750.JJ Farrell with Trillick Jasper that sold for €2,800.


It is hoped that this positive trend of buying bulls continues for the last of our sales scheduled for Saturday 19th May in Nenagh.



2nd Kilkenny Multi-Breed Show & Sale

The second episode of Kilkenny’s annual multi-breed sales (three in total) took place on Wednesday 18th of April with a total of 25 Hereford bulls registered for the event, however there were only 20 present on the day. The sale was much livelier this time around with weather conditions finally looking to improve, putting the worries of fodder shortage along with additional cost of housing animals out of farmers minds as many were optimistic in getting cattle out to grass within the next few days.

Breeders from far and near were in action in the pre-sale showing event with a total of two classes entering the ring. Glenn Jacob from the Dunsinane herd in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford took the championship with his first prize winner “Dunsinane Brave ET”.  Sired by Bowmont Storm this smashing bull showed beautiful length and thickness at just 20 months of age.

Next in the spotlight was Tom Brennan’s winner of the following class “Balleen Olympus” who went on to take the rosette for Reserve Champion. A son of Gageboro Eugenic this fertility tested bull was powerfully built, ticking all the boxes for height, width and  depth along with 4 and 5 stars for terminal and replacement indexes.

Moving on to the auction now with Tom Brennan’s bull “Balleen Rioja” who was one of the first lots to enter the sales ring. “Rioja”quickly climbed his way up the ladder to a sum of €3,000 which was to be the ceiling price for the day. Similar to Tom’s Reserve Champion, Rioja was a herculean bull of large frame who was very strong on his feet.Tom Brennan’s bull that secured €3,000

Christy Finn entered the ring next with “Bawngarriff Hawk” led by nephew Brian Walsh. The duo joined Brennan at the top of the ladder when they managed to secure €3,000 for their attractive looking bull. Sired by Chatsworth Hector this bull performed well on paper as well as in the sale ring scoring  3.6% for calving difficulty along with exhibiting all the qualities you would expect to see in a traditional Hereford bull of superior quality making him a good purchase for a dairy or pedigree herd.

Christy Finn & nephew Brian Walsh with Bawngarriff Hawk that sold for €3,000

Trevor Parr secured €2,800 for his 19 month old bull “Tourtane Harry”. This fertility tested bull  is a son of Cave Hill Storm, a sire who has fathered numerous calves that prospered within the Pedigree Hereford show and sales circuit, while also achieving a great deal of success himself when he won Supreme Hereford Champion at the Nation Hereford Show Tullamore back in 2014. “Harry” was a bull with excellent conformation in the shoulders and hindquarters who displayed a deep red coat that many breeders look for when purchasing a bull for their pedigree herd.Trevor Parr’s Tourtane Harry which made €2,800 at Cillin Hill Mart

Judge: Pat Murphy

Champion: Dunsinane Brave ET | Sire: Bowmont Storm| Dam: Ballen Emma 630 | Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane,Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.Glenn Jacob and Judge Pat Murphy with the Hereford Champion Dunsinane Brave ET

Reserve Champion: Balleen Olympus | Sire: Gageboro Eugenic | Dam: Ballen Miss Gladys 618 | Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.Tom Brennan’s bull Balleen Olympus that was crowned Reserve Champion

Class 1

  1. Dunsinane Brave ET | Sire: Bowmont Storm| Dam: Ballen Emma 630 | Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane,Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
  2. Bawngarriff Miles | Sire: Chatsworth Hector | Dam: Bawngariff Ann | Christy Finn, Bawngariff, Ballycallan, Co. Kilkenny.
  3. Ballyragganpoll 1 Royale | Sire: Corlismorepoll 1 Diplomat 608 | Dam: Ballyraggan Kerrie 727th | James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow.
  4. Gageboro Rustler | Sire: Smithson Something Special | Dam: Gageboro Nirvana | Niall Daly & Lisa Holloway, Rossa, Horseleap, Moate, Co. Wexford.

Class 2

  1. Balleen Olympus | Sire: Gageboro Eugenic | Dam: Ballen Miss Gladys 618 | Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.
  2. Bawngarriff Hitman | Sire: Chatsworth Hector | Dam: Balleen Pansy 616 | Christy Finn, Bawngariff, Ballycallan, Co. Kilkenny.
  3. Dunsinane Brax ET | Sire: Bowmont Storm | Dam: Balleen Emma 630 | Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane,Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
  4. Tourtane Harry | Sire: Vave Hill Storm | Dam: Tourtane Tara | Trevor Parr, The Orchard, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.



  • Kilmallock – Friday 20th April
  • Nenagh – Saturday 19th May