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4 x €2,000 Irish Hereford Travel Bursaries to New Zealand

Win 1 of 4 places to represent Ireland in the Young Breeders’ Competition at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020 with the Irish Hereford Breed Society, in collaboration with Slaney Foods International and LIDL Ireland.

4 lucky young Hereford breeders will be selected to act as ambassadors for the Irish Hereford Breed and compete against young handlers from across the globe during the World Conference in New Zealand.

Henry Dudley, President of the Irish Hereford Breed Society said, “This is an invaluable opportunity for young Irish Hereford Breeders to attend the World Hereford Conference and compete against other Hereford breeders from around the world.  The conference is a direct link to hundreds of Hereford breeders world-wide and will definitely be an unforgettable experience for the 4 winners of these travel bursaries.”

Interested candidates need to submit an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST APPLICATION FORM which can be obtained by contacting us on (044) 9348855 or by emailing This application form needs to be completed and returned by no later than Thursday 18th July, at 11:59 pm.


  • Aged 18 to 30 years by 1st March 2020.
  • A paid up IHBS member or immediate family member of same.
  • Keen to learn and have a sense of professionalism.

The 10 qualifiers to go ahead to the next 4 stages of the competition, will be announced on: 23rd July 2019.

  • Attend an IHBS Show/Judging Workshop on the 27th/ 29th July 2019.
  • Participate in a Stock Showing/Judging Competition.
  • Create a short 3-5 minute presentation on the Hereford Breed.
  • Attend the National Ploughing Championships on the 18th September where all candidates will be interviewed and the final 4 winners will be announced.

For further details, please read the Terms and Conditions.

In the meantime, regular updates will be posted on our website and on our Facebook page. #irishherefordbursary.

Check out the World Hereford Conference website on or their Facebook page at nzwhc2020.

Bandon Champion sells at €2,950

Herefords experienced very good demand at Bandon given expectations, were that the most severe spring for many years has dampened demand across the country. In a week that the Co-Ops, the farm organisations and the Minister for Agriculture Mr Michael Creed have agreed an emergency plan to import fodder for hard pressed producers there is obvious agreement that there is a crisis.

Whilst late growth and fodder supplies were an issue in 2013 the extended wet period since August last and early housing added to the additional burden of cold and extremely wet ground conditions and increased dairy stock levels have on this occasion multiplied the problems.

Champion Clyda Donncha with owner Ray Cronin receiving the Appelbe Trophy from Society President and judges Pat McCarthy and son Patrick

There was a larger than usual crowd in attendance though some were there to buy on the day a number were there to measure the demand. Some buyers were anxious to secure a bull but were keen to make arrangements not to take delivery for another week or two in the hopes that ground conditions will improve. Many breeders are amenable to such an arrangement having a clear understanding of their customer’s dilemma.

The Champion Clyda Donacha was bred by John Cronin, Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Mallow whose son Ray exhibited him. Sired by the Dovea AI bull Moyclare Lieutenant (YLO) the dam Clyda Summer is a daughter to another Dovea sire Kilsunny Goliath known for his thickness and easy fleshing.  At €2,950 he achieved the day’s top price.

Reserve Champion Island View Batty with owner Christy Mullins, handler John Lynch and judges Pat McCarthy ( IHBS President) and son Patrick

The Reserve Champion Island View Batty was exhibited by Christy Mullins, Droumnacoppil, Bantry. A Skehanore Woody son out of Droumdaniel Sally 8th he unfortunately remained unsold failing to reach his reserve on the day.

Others to impress included Furaleigh Rory 1077 bred and exhibited by Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Fermoy. Ted is a regular and very successful exhibitor at Bandon and saw his Border General  V85 son sell at €2,850.

Eugene Lynch and Family, Droumdaniel, Bantry secured €2,550 the eighteen month old Droumdaniel Barovsky a son of Droumdaniel Nicola 8th and by Allowdale Exceller. Gerard alaucey, Coachford another regular exhibitor at Bandon sold his Fortregal Donnacha at €2,450. Grancorepoll 1 Tim a Grousehall I Premier son exhibited by John O’Neill, Grancore North, Clonakilty was purchased at €2,400.

Overall breeders were very satisfied with the result on the day. It is clear from discussions around the ring that purchasers are very conscious of the premium of €60/€70 available for Hereford cross calves and of the substantial premium available at slaughter on finished animals for the Certified Hereford beef Schemes. Dairy farmers anticipate that Hereford bull prices will increase as the weather improves.

A large crowd watching the judging in progress at Bandon

Strong Demand for Hereford Continues in Kilmallock

Last Friday saw the IHBS host the second of it’s Autumn Show & Sale events in Kilmallock Co. Limerick. Weather conditions were in deter form again with very heavy fog affecting many exhibitors on the morning resulting in a delayed starting time, but things weren’t long getting in to full swing once the sale started. Bulls sold to a top of €4,200 and average of €2,420 with a 93% clearance, which equates to just two bulls unsold.

The top price for a bull was paid by Mr Oliver Cullinan, Tuber Co. Clare when he purchased Padraig mcGrath’s bull at €4,200. Sired by Free Town Hotspur this bull “Kye Knight 750” had great shape and length with the figures to match scoring 5 and 4 stars on the terminal and replacement indexes. Having been entered in the Premier Sale in Tullamore and failing to meet his reserve, it’s clear that Padraig made the correct decision in holding off until Kilmallock as he made approximately a €2,000 profit from the price he refused to take the previous Saturday.

Padraig McGrath with his first prize winner of the 3rd class, Kye Knight 750, which was sold for the highest price at the sale -> €4,200.

€2,850 was the next highest price at the sale, which was achieved by two Hereford members on the day. First in to the ring was Timothy Minogue with his bull Ryle Glen Deed born Jan 2016, followed shortly by Larkin’s bull Cill Cormaic Octavia, a home bred bull born April 2016 and sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln.

20171027_142557Timothy Minogue just after making the sale of his bull Ryle Glen Deed for €2,850

The Cill Cormaic Octavia bull that sold for €2,850 with owner David Larkin and Theresa Cunningham.

Birr_7948Theresa Cunningham preparing David Larkin’s bull “Cill Cormaic Osama”. 2nd prize winner in class 2 and sold for €2,700.

Champion at the event went to Mr Tom Brennans 20 month old bull Ballen Merlin, but unfortunately failed o meet his reserve.20171027_132454Owner Tom Brennan showing his Champion Bull Ballen Merlin.

Taking home the rosette for Reserve Champion at the show was Henry Stanley’s Cullaun Popeye, sired by Kye Storm 508 and sold for €2,800. Michael O’Keffee from Newmarket Co. Cork had his Hereford Bull Calf Champion from this year’s Nenagh Show on exhibition. With a star rating 4 and 5 stars for terminal and replacement indices and sired by Trillick Best, Michael’s bull “Gurteragh Rossa 699 ET” sold for €2,800 to Donal Curtin Temple from West Limerick.

GVM Irish Hereford Society Bull Show & Sale Oct 27th 2017Ladies day in Kilmallock. Theresa Cunningham, Sinead Conry, Catherine Smyth and Susan Dudley pictured with their bulls, all of which won a rosette in their classes.

20171027_132551Ladies to the fore at GVM Kilmallock. Catherine Smyth with her bull Ardmulchan Manager sold at €2,700 and Susan Dudley with Kilsunny Nixon sold at €2,400.

Our next Hereford event is our National Calf Show which will take place Sunday November 12th at GVM Auctioneers Tullamore.

Flight of the Phoenix at Tullamore

Last weekend saw the first of our Autumn Shows being held in Tullamore. Storm Brian made conditions miserable but that wasn’t enough to keep exhibitors from attending on the day. Weather did not deter purchasers bidding to a top price of €6,600 in the bull ring while the top priced heifer sold at €4,600.

Competition was tough with many strong bulls present at the event. The interest in the Hereford breed has continued to go from strength to strength each year. This year saw the breed establish itself as one of the main breeds at many of the summer shows throughout the country with many animals who had won various rosettes and sashes throughout the year present at the sale.

A large crowd was in attendance on the day for the event in Tullamore GVM Auctioneers with a number of new and potential members hoping to make a purchase and get their Hereford herd up and running.

Michael Molloy’s bull ‘Phoenix’ from the Moyclare herd upon entering the ring, quickly caught the attention of a number of potential buyers who wished to add this smashing sire to their herd. Bidding quickly took flight reaching €5,000 in minutes when the bidding battle dropped to just two hopeful buyers. It was Michael Hoey of Lusk, Co. Dublin who came out victorious when his final bid of €6,600 proved enough to secure the 16 month old bull. Moyclare Phoenix is sired by the  David Larkin bred bull Cill Cormaic Kasper (KZP) now standing at Dovea AI and out of the home bred Moyclare Rose 22nd herself having a had a formidable show career and out of a very successful maternal line.

Hereford breeder and friend of the Molloy family, Hugh P. Murray showing Mick’s Moyclare Phoenix at the event. Sold for €6,600.

The Reserve Bull Champion on the day came from the Grianan herd of Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald. Grianan Ranger, born in August last is sired by Grianan Freddy. This solid and attractive looking bull sold for €4,000 with John Ryan from County Tipperary becoming the new owner.

Reserve Bull Champion Grianan Ranger sold for €4,000. L – R: Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald, Gene & Owen Lynch (Judges), Pat McCarthy IHBS President.

Sean & Shane Kilrane of Mohill, exhibited Drumboy Jamie who was crowned Champion bull at the event providing the first major success at a premier sale for the Co. Leitrim breeders. This bull Drumboy Jamie was on exhibition at the Irish Hereford Society’s stand at the National Ploughing Championship this year where he caught the eye of many passer-by’s. He is sired by the very successful and well know bull Kilsunny Goliath (KSG) who is well renowned for producing champions throughout the country and across water. Tom Roycroft had his eye on him since the ploughing and became the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,650.

Shane and Sean Kilrane with their Champion bull ‘Drumboy Jamie’ that sold for €3,650 in Tullamore. IHBS President Pat McCarthy presenting them with the Bank of Ireland Cup.

K & M Diffley from Co. Leitrim had a smashing bull on show on the day. Duibhgiolla Grian, a 16 month old bull sired by Gageboro Morgan, a grand son to Gageboro Eugenic and a great grand son to Churchill Storm, it’s clear to see that the bloodlines don’t lie as a price of €3,800 was secured for the bull with Gerard & James Dowdall from Scrahan, Co. Waterford becoming the new owners.

Kevin Diffley with his 1st prizewinner ‘Duibhgiolla Grian’  sold at €3,800. Also in photo are father & son Gene & Owen Lynch, who judged the competition, and IHBS President Pat McCarthy.

Michael and Sinead Conry’s bull Rathnollag Lucky 790 was purchased by long time Hereford breeder James Thompson from Ballraggan, Rathvilly for €3,200. Scoring 4 & 5 stars for both the terminal and replacement indexes along with a calving difficulty of 2.2%, this tasty looking bull should fit well in his new herd.

Sinead Conry showing her bull ‘Rathnollag Lucky 790’ which was sold for €3,200.

Demand for heifers was back a little on this event last year however the top heifers continue to make headlines with John Appelbe’s 14 month old heifer Appel 1 Joy, sired by this year’s Hereford National Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman, sold for €4,600 the highest price for a female at the event, with Fellow rebel man and new Hereford breeder Michael Dullea of Deelish Hereford’s becoming the new owner.

The heifer that attracted a lot of interest from the crowd ‘Appel 1 Joy’ bred by John Appelbe and sold for €4,600 on the day to Mr. Michael Dullea.

Trevor Dudley’s sweet looking Heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia was awarded Reserve Female Champion and went on to sell for a very satisfactory €3,400. Cavan man Philip Lynch purchased the heifer and looks forward to incorporating some Kilsunny bloodlines in to his herd.

Susan Dudley with her Reserve Champion heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia that sold for €3,400. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in centre and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

The Female Championship was awarded to Padraig McGrath’s Kye Sunshine 722 which is in-calf to his 5 star stock bull Knoxlustre Twilight, who has a calving difficulty of 3.5%. Kye Sunshine will remain in the west of Ireland with her new owner Cathal Dolan from Carrigallen, County Leitrim.

IHBS President Pat McCarthy presents Padraig McGarth with the Bank Of Ireland Cup for his Champion Heifer ‘Kye Sunshine 722’ which was sold for €2,900. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in back and wife Catherine McGrath on right.

Other heifers to catch the eye were Riverrock Katie Bea exhibited by Tony Hartnett, Rockchapel. Sired by Grianan Justice out of Riverrock Ita, she sold to James Thompson to add to his female herd at €3, 300. T & A Fitzgerald’s Grianan Prim P 779 a daughter to Grianan Freddy out of Grianan Prim J 542 sold at €3050 to Pat Shanahan, Croagh, Co Limerick.

Richard Lalor with his extremely well put together bull ‘Rathkenty Okavango’ that won the first bull class and went on to sell for €2,500. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in center and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

Huge attendance at the event. “You wouldn’t get turning a sweet in your mouth” – Quote of the day from our auctioneer Mr. Hugh Mulvihill. 

Our next Autumn Show & Sale is in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick this Friday the 27th of October.

51 bulls and 9 females including an executors sale of the Currabeg Herd for the late Owen O’Neill, Ballincollig, Co Cork .

Here’s a look at a few of the top prices on the day.


DUALLA SHOW 27th Aug 2017

Judge: Mr. Nigel Heatrick, Annareagh, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan


Supreme Hereford Champion: Kilsunny Lass Matilda, Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Overall Supreme Hereford Champion, Kilsunny Lass Matilda

Kilsunny Lass Matilda collected her second supreme championship in as many weeks at the 2017 Dualla Show, following on from taking the top spot at Cappamore Show just one week prior. This senior yearling heifer has claimed a remarkable nine 1st prize wins this season as well as major championships at the Slaney Foods International Finals at Gorey in June and the 2017 Senior Munster Female of the Year title earlier this month.


Reserve Supreme Hereford Champion: Grianan Orange 589, H&M Parr, Clogh, Castelcomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Reserve Hereford Champion, Grianan Orange 589 with Mervyn Parr

The father and son team of Henry & Mervyn Parr took reserve championship honours with their mature cow, Grianan Orange 589. This one was purchased at the Irish Hereford Premier Autumn Sale some years ago and has compiled an impressive record of wins in the intervening years. She was shown with an Autumn born bull calf at foot.


Class Results:

Bull calf born in 2017

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

Kilsunny Noble, 21.01.17, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Fluffy

2nd: Pat Murray, Clonakenny, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary


Heifer calf born in 2017

1st: Herberry Herefords, c/o Veronica Brennan & Ray Hut, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Herberry 1 Lucy Lou, 12.01.17, Dendor 1 Kohinoor PP, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641

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

Kilsunny Doreen’s Nina, 06.02.17, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Doreen’s Jasmin

3rdDavina Lewis, Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly


Bull calf between 01.07.2016 – 31.12.2016

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

Kilsunny Nicholas, 21.09.16, Kilsunny Kingston, Kilsunny Lass Flo

2nd: Herberry Herefords, c/o Veronica Brennan & Ray Hut, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Herberry 1 Alfred, 01.11.16, Zulu, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641

3rd: Herberry Herefords, c/o Veronica Brennan & Ray Hut, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Herberry 1 Care Bear, 04.11.16, Zulu, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641


Heifer calf born after 01.07.2016 – 31.12.2016

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

Kilsunny Lass Nectar, 02.07.16, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Primrose

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

Kilsunny Lass Nadia, 02.10.16, Cill Cormaic Marcel, Kilsunny Lass Josslyn


Senior heifer born between 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2016

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

Kilsunny Lass Matilda, 19.11.15, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Gem

2nd: H&M Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Tourtane Advent, 08.12.15, Kilsunny Goliath, Grianan Orange 589

3rd: H&M Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny


Cow, in milk or in-calf or in-calf heifer

1st: H&M Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Grianan Orange 589, 03.03.11, Grianan Highflyer, Grianan Orange

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

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

3rd: Davina Lewis, Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly

Tourtanepoll 1 Sally, 29.03.14, Kilsunny Goliath, Tourtanepoll 1 Diamond


Best All-Traditional Breeds Breeding Heifer Championship (open to pedigree heifers from the Aberdeen-Angus, Hereford & Shorthorn breeds)

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

Kilsunny Lass Matilda, 19.11.15, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Gem
Kilsunny Lass Matilda secured 1st prize in the all-breeds class of pedigree females, from a combined entry of 11 heifers, between each of the three traditional breeds.


Best Pair

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

Kilsunny Lass Nectar & Kilsunny Lass Nadia

2nd: Herberry Herefords, c/o Veronica Brennan & Ray Hut, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Herberry 1 Alfred & Herberry 1 Care Bear

3rd: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Kilsunny Noble & Kilsunny Doreen’s Nina


Report & Photos: Edward Dudley