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Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020

The North Leinster Hereford Branch are delighted to unveil the schedule for the Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020. This event promises to be an event like no other, with the best of Hereford genetics being showcased from the pedigree, commercial & dairy herd.

There are very generous prizes up for grabs for those lucky enough to win, thanks to generous sponsors; HerdwatchMoocall – Allsure – Dectomax & Irish Hereford Prime.

Entries open 7th October & can be uploaded via the website;

Schedule of Classes;

Class 1: Heifer born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019.

Class 2: Heifer born on or between 1st October 2019 & 31st December 2019

Class 3: Heifer born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020

Class 4: Heifer Calf of the Future born from April 1st 2020 onwards

Moocall Senior Female Champion – Classes 1 & 2

Allsure Junior Female Champion – Classes 3 & 4

Overall Female Champion

Class 5: Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019

Class 6: Bull born on or between 1st October 2019 & 31st December 2019

Class 7: Bull born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020

Class 8: Bull Calf of the Future born from April 1st 2020 onwards

Herdwatch Senior Male Champion – Classes 5 & 6

Dectomax Junior Male Champion – Classes 7 & 8

Overall Male Champion

>>>Classes with a Difference<<<

Class 9: Dairy Beef Index – Pedigree Genotyped Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 31st December 2019. Criteria for judging will be based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef Index (October 2020 Evaluations)

Class 10: Commercial Hereford Sired Calf, male or female, born in 2020

Class 11: Hereford / Hereford X Replacement Heifer of the Future – Hereford Sired female born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th June 2020. Criteria for judging will be based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef Index (October 2020 Evaluations)

Rules of Entry;

To enter any of the classes listed above, the exhibitor must submit 3 pictures;

A Side View, A Rear View & A Front View.

All animals must be unhaltered and grooming is prohibited in photographs.

No professional photography allowed.

No entry Fee.

Exhibitors will be asked to submit the; animal’s name, tag number, DOB, class number, owners name & contact details.

Entries in Class 10 & 11 may be subject to random DNA testing by Irish Hereford Prime.

In the interest of fairness, competitors are asked to please refrain from posting their pictures on social media until the judging process is completed and the results have been released – Failure to observe these requests will mean omission from the competition.

Entries close 26th October.

Class winners will be announced online on  21st November.


For further enquiries please contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society on 044 9348855 and or

Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020 Schedule & Entry Requirements.

Eoin Lynch, shares an insight into breeding Herefords in New Zealand.

Eoin Lynch of Droumdaniel Herefords in Cork, along with; Michael Barrett, Sinead Conry, & Katie Brady, travelled to New Zealand in March 2020 to represent Ireland as Team Captain and compete in the Young Breeders Competition at the World Hereford Conference against teams from around the World, while being kindly sponsored by Slaney Foods International. Read Eoin’s account of the experience below.

For myself it was the element of not knowing what was ahead of us for each day of the trip is what made the journey so exciting and memorable. With each sunny morning came a different herd to visit, more people to meet and a new experience every day.

In the first leg of our journey, Katie, Sinead and I toured the north Island accompanied by other Hereford enthusiasts from America, Canada, UK, Europe and the southern hemisphere. Together we visited many herds and got an insight into the New Zealand way of farming Herefords. The acreage farmed by many of the breeders in the north was well over one thousand and herds of breeding cows running up to seven hundred in some cases. With little rainfall throughout the year making it difficult for many crops to grow, much of the land was predominantly farmed for the dairy industry making it a major target market for most Hereford breeders in the north. Like many dairy farmers do at home here in Ireland, the dairy farmers in New Zealand also calve their heifers at two years of age and this has encouraged many of the Hereford breeders to do likewise as they felt the breeding values that their bulls carried would match the breeding values of their customers herd. The key traits these breeders were targeting included a low birthweight calf and a short gestation pregnancy.

Chief Eoin at Te Puia Maori Village.
Eoin presenting Brian Clements from Matapouri Herefords with a token of gratitude for welcoming the group onto his farm and giving a guided tour.

In recent years there was a significant number of Hereford breeders transitioned from breeding horned Herefords to breeding polled Herefords. This was greatly influenced by recent regulations in the country forbidding the disbudding of cattle without veterinary assistance. I thought there was a significant difference between the type of Herefords that the horned and polled breeders were producing across the country and when I put the question to one particular breeder of how they found the transition they responded with “we find ourselves trying to breed polled Herefords that have all the characteristics of a horned Hereford”.

We didn’t get to see any horned Herefords until we flew to the South Island. Although there were many dairy farmers on the south island, there was many more commercial herds in the area that had the Hereford breeders targeting a different market. The Hereford breeders selling bulls to the commercial farmers put a major emphasis towards producing Hereford’s with a large eye muscle area, high intramuscular fat and rib fat cover. With estimated breeding values or EBV’s being of high importance with most breeders, each year the breeders would scan their cattle for eye muscle area, intermuscular fat and rib fat, record this information and would then allocate an accurate EBV to each animal in the herd. The conference organized a live demonstration of recording these EBV’s for us. Three heifers that were of the same age and upbringing were weighed to determine their live weight gain and were then scanned for eye muscle area, rib fat and intramuscular fat by an ultrasound technician. Although the three heifers were similar in weight, the scan determined that two of the heifers had a significantly larger eye muscle area and greater intramuscular fat and rib fat cover which was not evident by visual inspection. The result indicated that one heifer performed poorly in each of the scans and therefore would not be retained in the herd for breeding. Their goal was to produce Herefords that require a low input for them to thrive and mature.

Eoin watching the live demo of Ultrasound scanning for desired traits.

The young breeder’s competition itself was a great way for each of the countries representatives to showcase the different approach we each had when faced with tasks. There was many 6:00 am starts to the week and many action-packed days but it was all a great build up to the main event at Wanaka Show. I was delighted to rank 8th in the stock judging and 9th best herdsperson with very little between the 36 of us. There was a lot to be learned by watching the other teams perform throughout the week and it certainly gave me some tricks that will be useful for farming here at home.

Group of Young Breeders from around the world at the Wanaka A&P Show grounds.
Sinead, Michael & Eoin preparing a heifer for the Wanaka Show .
Michael & Eoin butchering as part of the Young Breeders Competition modules.

Our last point of call before our journey home was to the visit Pute Nascar N13 in the Silverstream Herd. An animal I would consider to be an excellent example of the modern Hereford. He had a good balance of muscle and softness that’s rare to find. Nascar has a terrific carcase and would score well with the grading system used here in Ireland, he stood strong on all fours as he paraded himself around the field with a proud locomotion. We also viewed the up and coming young bulls in the Silverstream herd and there was a quality bunch of uniform bull’s present out of Gay Olympus H105, the very same sire as Pute Nascar N13 himself.   

Pute Nascar N13.

Looking back at the journey I feel team Ireland have did extremely well to be competing at the same level as our fellow experienced competitors. We made some great friends and contacts from all around the world that will stand to us in the years to come. I would like to say a special thanks to Slaney Foods International, members of the Irish Hereford Society and to all those who played a part in getting us out there. There were many months of planning and a lot of work put into running events in the build up that all contributed greatly to the experience.

Young Breeders ready for the Gala Dinner. in Queenstown.

Hereford Photo Competition Winner 2020

Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime are delighted to announce & extend a Huge Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬; Aidan Wrynne with his entry into 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒐𝒓𝒚 3; 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒐𝒔𝒔 – “𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒂𝒊𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒐𝒈”!

A huge well done to the 5 other finalists and Category winners;

Category 1: Show Time -“Blood Red” – David Dolan

Category 2: Cheeky Chappies – Joseph lawrence

Category 4: The WhiteHead Cross – “When lunch costs you an arm and a leg” – Karina McLoughlin

Category 5: Cooking Time: “There will be no scraps left tonight” – Orla O’Dea.

Category 6: Why Herefords (Video Category) – Ross Bateman.

Massive thanks & appreciation to all who entered photos & videos and supported the competition the standard of entries was extremely high!

Coming up very soon is the North Leinster Hereford Branch Virtual Calf Show 2020 so stay tuned for more info!

Hereford Photo Competition 2020 Category Winners & Finalists

The public have voted & we are delighted to announce the Winners of each of the 6 categories of the 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 are:

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟭 – 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: “𝐵𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑅𝑒𝑑” – David Dolan.

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟮 – 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗲𝘀: Joseph Lawrence.

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟑- 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝘀𝘀: “𝐻𝑎𝑖𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑜𝑔” – Aidan Wrynne.

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟰 – 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 – “𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑜𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑟𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎 𝑙𝑒𝑔!” -Karina McLoughlin

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟱 – 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: “𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑝𝑠 𝑙𝑒𝑓𝑡 𝑡𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡”– Orla O’Dea

𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝟲 (Video Category) – 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻

Congratulations to all 6 winners & a huge well done to all entrants on setting the bar so high!

Now that the public have cast their votes for choosing the category winners, these 6 category winners will now enter the final stage of the Competition & 1 of them will win the Overall prize.

An independent panel of judges are currently working away behind the scenes and will announce the overall winner this 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟏𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝙎𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page .

Hereford Photo Competition 2020 is open to public vote!

2020 Hereford Photo Competition 

After the tough task of shortlisting entries for our independent Judge, Jeff Harvey – the Public Voting is now underway for the 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 – head over to Irish Hereford Facebook Page & cast your vote by liking the photo of your choice.

The photo with the most 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄𝐒 overall for each category will be crowned the Category Winner & will be in with a chance of winning the Overall Prize!

Each Category of the competition has been posted singly on Facebook to ensure each entrant gets a fair chance at the public vote.  

Everyone is welcome to vote &  Voting ends 14th September.

Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.

Well done & a huge thanks to all who entered the competition – the very best of luck to the remaining entries!

The Shortlisted entries are as follows;

Category 1: Show Time.

“Grianan Orange U 877 showing how it’s done” – Padraic McKenna, Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan.
“Blood Red” – David Dolan, Goldenred Herefords, Offaly
Nathaniel Shaw, Sessiagh Herefords , Tyrone.

Category 2 – Cheecky Chappies

“Few of the pedigree calves” – Lauren Curry , Amagh
“Is breakfast ready yet Mammy? ” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Calf Whisperer” – Niamh Bourke, Tipperary
“Boss Baby” – Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary
“Caoimhe age 4 delighted with her new calf Ginger” – Frances Byrne, Offaly
Joseph Lawrence , Wicklow

Category 3 – The Boss

“Stock Bull to our Pedigree herd” – Gurteragh Aristocrat 758 : Lauren Curry, Armagh
“Green Grass, Blue skys and one very handsome boss” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Hair of the Dog” – Aidan Wrynne, Leitrim
“Trevor is on heat detection this morning!” – Imelda Kinsella, Kilkenny
“Happy couple” – Hannah Murphy, Kilkenny
“Cool Dudes x2” – Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary.

Category 4 – The WhiteHead Cross

“A dose of Vitamin Bee!” – Theresa O’Leary, Cork
“Bedtime kisses” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Mona Lisa” – Mary Blennerhassett, Limerick
“THE HEX FACTOR” – Kerry Fylnn, Rossmore Herefords, Monaghan
“Have you anything nice for us?” – Jesse Deverell, Offaly
“Sisters Caoimhe age 4 & Grainne age 1 happily looking at their uncle Michael’s whitehead cattle” – Frances Byrne, Offaly
“Happy heads” – Edward Roe, Tipperary.
“Two is Better than One!” – Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Cork
“When lunch costs you an arm and a leg!” – Karina McLoughlin, Roscommon
“A Prime Boy” – Liam Corcoran, Tipperary

Category 5 – Cooking Time

“Marble on slate” – John Lynch, Droumdaniel Herefords, Cork
“Hand Selected 28 day dry aged Hereford strip- loin steaks. Hand selected and supplied by H.Murray” – Shane King, Westmeath
“There will be no scraps left tonight” – Orla O’Dea, Tipperary

Category 6 – Why Herefords?

This Category was a video entry only category and the judge has shortlisted 2 videos for the public vote. These are as follows & can be found on the Irish Hereford Facebook Page entited “Category 6 – Why Hereford” (There are 2 individual Posts).

Entrant: Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Riverstock, Co. Cork.

Entrant: Lar Fitzharris,Clonmines, Co. Wexford.

Remember – Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.