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New President for IHBS 2019/2020

Mr Henry Dudley, Dovea, Thurles took up the office of President of the Irish Hereford Breed Society on Monday July 1st.

Michael Ring, TD, presenting Henry Dudley with the Hall of Fame Award.

Mr Dudley’s Lakelodge herd has since its foundation had some considerable success both in the showring and in the sale ring including a number of exports to Northern Ireland and the UK.  The herd is founded on carefully selected lines mainly from the well- known Kilsunny herd of Trevor Dudley brother to Henry who lives close by.  The aim is for quality rather than quantity and to supply bulls and surplus heifers for sale to breeders and commercial producers.

Amongst the most notable herd achievements is the export of Lakelodge Storm 2nd a Churchill Storm son purchased from Henry by a syndicate of breeders in the UK. He has bred exceptionally well in several of top herds there since his departure from these shores.  Prior to export he was Champion at the Limerick and Nenagh Shows.  A regular exhibitor across the country Henry had a string of successes with Lakelodge Queen Mildred 7th when a heifer being crowned Overall Heifer Calf Champion at Nenagh where the cream of the crop is exhibited.

Currently a member of the Society’s Council Mr Dudley was the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s nominee for the Hall of Fame Award in 2015. He has voiced concerns in relation to the difficulty in introducing new and diverse bloodlines so necessary to Pedigree breeders given the volatility of the star system used in Irish cattle evaluation. The situation in relation to AI bulls in particular is creating major difficulties and confusion for participants in the BGDP scheme he stated. 

A stalwart member of the Irish Shows Association he has served as chairman of the Munster Branch of the Irish Hereford Society.  His time and dedication given to the development of the Nenagh Show knows no bounds.  Nenagh is now recognised as one of the top shows in Ireland on the Hereford calendar. The 2019 event will once again be on August Bank holiday Monday and he is currently busily canvassing entries.

A tireless supporter of the Irish Agricultural Show he has a deep appreciation for the work it does in striving for and achieving excellence in all aspects of country life from arts to crafts to poultry, horses and particularly to excellence in cattle production. He is very appreciative of the government support provided this year and last year to the Irish Agricultural shows many of which are struggling to survive with crippling costs.

Henry Dudley at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore on Sunday 11th August 2019 with Judge Anders Mortensen, Supreme Champion ‘Grianan Prim T854’ & exhibitor Sarah Murray and Supreme Reserve Champion ‘Churchcross Hurler’ with exhibitor Ciara McNamara & Sponsor of the class; Gemma Dunne, Agri Lloyd.
Young Handlers judge, Tommy Creegan with Senior Young Handler Champion, Conor O’Leary & Henry Dudley.

KILSUNNY & CHURCHCROSS HERDS SHARE THE SPOILS AT THE MUNSTER FINALS

The 2019 Munster Bull & Female of the Year contest came to a conclusion at Cappamore Show last weekend with an increased entry present at the finals from last year. The summer-long competition was run on a points basis with the final placings determined on the back of the results obtained at Tralee, Charleville, Bridgetown, Newcastlewest, Nenagh and Cappamore shows. The contest is designed to reward consistency over the summer show season and also to encourage Munster Branch members to exhibit at local shows in the province. There was substantial prize money on offer to the winners across all sections and the competition was particularly fierce during the early qualifying stages with over 60 Hereford entries present at several of the qualifying shows.

The 2019 Munster Junior Bull of the Year title went to Gerry McNamara & Family from Labasheeda, Ennis, Co Clare with their bull calf, Churchcross Hurler. This bull was a dominant force for the entire summer and won his class at all but one of the qualifying shows to realise a near-perfect final tally for the year-ending Munster provincial championship. This superb young bull also took the National All-Ireland bull championship at the National Hereford Show, Tullamore, the Slaney Foods International junior male championship at Gorey and the overall supreme breed championship & junior bull championship at the Longford Show & County Fair to name just a few of his remarkable show achievements to date.

2019 Munster Junior Bull of the Year ‘Churchcross Hurler’ with exhibitor Paula McNamara, Clare & Judge Daniel Lehane.
2019 Munster Junior Bull of the Year ‘Churchcross Hurler’ when he won Supreme Champion at Longford Show in July 2019 with exhibitor Paula McNamara, Clare.

The 2019 Munster Junior Female of the Year was awarded to Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co Tipperary with their heifer calf, Kilsunny Lass Prim. Another familiar face in the winner’s enclosure, this 12 month old heifer has secured seven 1st prizes over the summer so far, most notably taking the overall junior female championship at the Slaney Foods International Finals in Gorey in addition to her Munster crown. This one is a full sister to Kilsunny Lass Nectar & Kilsunny Lass Orchid who took champion and reserve at the Munster Finals in the calf section for 2017 & 2018 respectively.

2019 Munster Junior Female of the Year ‘Kilsunny Lass Prim‘, bred by Trevor Dudley, Tipperary.
1st place heifer born after the 01/07/18 & 2nd place in the Munster junior female of the year: ‘Churchcross Myrtle with exhibitor Paula McNamara, Clare.

The 2019 Munster Senior Female of the Year was won by Kilsunny Lass Orchid from Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co Tipperary. The Kilsunny prefix is synonymous with success at Munster level with the last three winners at both junior and senior female level coming from the Kilsunny Hereford herd. This year’s recipient of the senior title came in the form of the in-calf heifer, Kilsunny Lass Orchid who took top points at every single qualifying show that she competed at and also won 1st prize and the reserve supreme Hereford breed championship at the Slaney Foods International Finals in Gorey as well as a total of seven 1st prizes, three breed championships and two reserve championships too.

2019 Munster Senior Female of the Year ‘Kilsunny Lass Orchid‘ with exhibitor Susan Dudley, Tipperary.

Well done to Colin Bourke, Tipperary, on winning the All breeds – under 17 years of age Young Handlers competition.

Young Handler champion, Colin Bourke, Tipperary,

Well done to all the exhibitors who exhibited cattle at the qualifying shows throughout the summer and the finals at Cappamore and sincere congratulations to each of the winners.

Tullow Agricultural Show 2019

Tullow Show society held their 71st Agricultural Show last Sunday, 18th August 2019.

Judge: Terence O’Brien.

Overall Champion: ‘Kilsunny Lass Orchid’, Trevor Dudley, Tipperary.

Champion ‘Kilsunny Lass Orchid’ with exhibitor Edward Dudley , Tipperary and Judge Terence O’Brien.

Reserve Champion: ‘Clonroe Deirdre’, John Jones, Wexford.

Reserve Champion: ‘Clonroe deirdre’ with young handler Conor Jones, Wexford & Judge Terence O’Brien.

Best Hereford Cow or Heifer in calf or calf at foot.

1. John Jones, Pallas, Gorey, Co. Wexford. ‘Clonroe Deirdre’, 01/09/2014, Sire: Baltymore Ginger, Dam: Clonroe Josie.

2. Mervyn Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Grianan Orange 589’, 03/03/11, Sire: Grianan Highflyer, Dam: Grianan Orange 409.

3. Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. ‘Dunsinane Mass 1st’, 23/09/14, Sire: Glaslough Kentucky, Dam: Dunsinane Jess.

Reserve Champion & Best Hereford Cow: ‘Clonroe deirdre’ with young handler Conor Jones, Wexford & Judge Terence O’Brien.

Best Bull born after 01/07/2018:

1. John Jones, Pallas, Gorey, Co. Wexford. ‘Clonroe Hercules’, 06/07/18, Sire: Kye Harry, Dam: Clonroe Elizabeth.

2. Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. ‘Dinsinane Delroy’, 09/08/18, Sire: Cill Cormaic Napoleon, Dam: Balleen Emma 630.

Best bull born after 01/07/18: ‘Clonroe Hercules’ with Young handler Padraig Jones, Wexford & Judge Terence O’Brien.

Best Heifer born after 01/07/18:

1. Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. ‘Kilsunny Lass Prim’, 03/08/18, Sire: Glaslough Judge, Dam: Kilsunny Lass Glitter.

2. John Jones, Pallas, Gorey, Co. Wexford. ‘Clonroe Hazel’, 06/10/18, Sire: Steil Gerard, Dam: Clonroe Jackie.

3. Mervyn Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Tourtane Poll 1 Jasmine’, 05/09/18, Sire: Glaslough Napoleon, Dam: Tourtane Poll 1 Maisie.

4. John Jones, Pallas, Gorey, Co. Wexford. ‘Clonroe Hope’, 12/11/18, Sire: Kye Harry, Dam: Clonroe Deirdre.

Best Heifer born after 01/07/18: ‘Kilsunny Lass Prim‘ with exhibitor Edward Dudley, Tipperary & Judge Terence O’Brien.

Best Hereford Heifer born on or after 01/07/17 to 30/06/18 – St. Mullins Cup:

1. Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. ‘Kilsunny Lass Orchid’, 23/07/17, Sire: Glaslough Judge, Dam: Kilsunny Lass Glitter.

2. Mervyn Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Tourtane Poll 1 Sunshine’, 14/07/17, Sire: Gageboro Morgan, Dam: Tourtane Poll 1 Zara 930.

Champion & 1st place best Hereford heifer born on or after 01/07/17 – 30/06/18: ‘Kilsunny Lass Orchid’ with exhibitor Edward Dudley , Tipperary and Judge Terence O’Brien.

Young Stockperson Children 17 years old and younger exhibiting Hereford calves born on or after 01/07/18:

1. Conor Jones, Co. Wexford.

2. Padraig Jones, Co. Wexford.

Young Handlers: Padraig Jones, Wexford & Conor Jones, Wexford with Judge Terence O’Brien.

Both Conor & Padraig went on to win 1st & 2nd place Interbreed Young Handlers.

Interbreed Young Handlers 1st & 2nd place winners: Padraig & Conor Jones, Wexford.

Ballinamore Agricultural Show 2019

The weather stayed sunny and a fine crowd turned out for Ballinamore Agricultural Show on Tuesday 13th August.

Judge: Tom Fitzgerald – Grianan Herefords, Co. Westmeath.

Champion: “Hillock 1 Hannah” – Mark Hyland, Co. Leitrim.

Champion – ‘Hillock 1 Hannah’ with breeder Mark Hyland, who also won 1st in her heifer class at Tullamore show last week.

Reserve Champion: “Aughakil 1 Pancake” – Avril Crowe, Co. Cavan

Reserve Champion: ‘Aughakil 1 Pancake’ with exhibitor Avril Crowe.

Class 1: Hereford Cow

1. Sean Kilrane, Drumboy, Mohill, Co. Leitrim – “Drumboy Clodagh”.

2. Brian & Eamon Duignan, Cornafean, Co.Cavan.

3. Paul Bohan, Gortfada, Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

1st Place winning Cow – ‘Drumboy Clodagh’ with breeder Shane Kilraine.

Class 2: Hereford Heifer born before 1st September 2018

  1. Mark Hyland, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim – “Hillock 1 Hannah”

2. Avril Crowe, Curraun, Mohill, Co. Leitrim – “Kilsunny Doreen’s Omega”.

3. Mark Hyland, Corrawallen, Co.Leitrim – “Hillockpoll 1 Dorothy”.

Stephen & Avril Crowe with 2nd place heifer born before 1st Sept 18 – ‘Kilsunny Doreen’s Omega‘ & Reserve Champion ‘Aughakil 1 pancake’.

Class 3: Hereford bull calf born in 2019

  1. Sean Kilrane, Drumboy, Mohill, Co.Leitrim.

2. Paddy Farrell, Ballinwing, Co. Leitrim.

3. Brian & Eamon Duignan, Cornafean, Co. Cavan.

Class 4: Hereford Heifer born in 2019

1. Sean Kilrane, Drumboy, Mohill.

Class 5: Hereford, male or female born 1st September-31st December 2018.

  1. Avril Crowe, Curraun, Mohill – “Aughakil 1 Pancake”

2. Mark Hyland, Corrawallen, Co.Leitrim

3. John McGovern, Drumcong, Co.leitrim

Ballymartle Herd Dispersal Sale – Sat 28th Sept 2019.

Ballymartle Herd in Kinsale, Co.Cork, will be dispersed on Saturday 28th September in Bandon Mart.

This will be a unique opportunity to acquire quality Polled and Horned stock.

For sale on the day there will be;

3 Top Quality Stock Bulls: 2 X Solpoll & 1 Dernaroy Bull.

Solitude 1 Marshall.

Dernaroy was crowned bull of the Year NI.

45 Cows – many with cows at foot born July onwards & many in calf again.

Young Herd – includes first calvers, 18 Quality Young Bulls & 15 Supreme Young heifers.

This sale is a great chance for Hereford breeders, giving all breeders access to acquire top quality registered pedigree Hereford cows, heifers, Young bulls and stock bulls.

For more information contact the Society through.

The Catalogue will be available shortly from the Society.