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Irish National Hereford Calf Show 2019

The Irish National Calf show was held last Sunday 10th November in GVM Tullamore. There was a good show of spectators travelling from across the country to view the classes with nearly 100 entries of top quality stock. This year, the North Leinster Branch spruced up the show with revamped classes.

The Young Handlers got the proceedings underway at 10am with Padraig Farrell of Cavehill Herefords, inspecting their stockmanship skills. Padraig also judged the Commercial class.

Judging the Pedigree classes at this show was Miss Non Thorne from Studdolph Herefords in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Non and her parents; George & Ionwy, have been breeding herefords since 1946. The Thorne family are no strangers to the show ring having won several awards over the years including herd of the year. Non made the 4 hour boat journey with her father, George, to be a part of this event & the Society were only delighted to welcome them both to Tullamore.

Judge, Non Thorne, being presented with a gift from John Canty on behalf of the North Leinster Branch.

Male Championship:

Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Mighty. 372214625741668, 10th Nov 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Mighty

Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: ‘Appel 1 Mighty’ with breeder John Appelbe, Cork & Judge Non Throne.

Reserve Supreme Male Champion & Junior Male Champion: JJ Farrell – Trillick Chesney, 372213272092133, 15th Apr 19, Glaslough Rooney, Cill Cormaic Kaz.

Reserve Supreme Champion & Junior Male Champion: ‘Trillick Chesney‘ with breeder Ciaran Farrell, Longford.

Reserve Senior Male Champion: Michael & Grainne Farrell -Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock, 372218952750169, 15th Oct 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Castledaly Roisin.

Reserve Senior Male Champion: ‘Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock’ with Hugh P. Murray & Breeder Michael Farrell, Westmeath.

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Kodak Moment ET, 372226228410404, 1st Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Herberry 1 Kodak Moment Et‘ with breeder Veronica Brennan, Tipperary.

FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIP:

Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: Michael Dullea – Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167, 372226275080167, 29th Oct 18, Solitude 1 Marshall, Appel 1 Dolly 2.

Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: ‘Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167‘ with exhibitor Michael Dullea, Cork.

Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald -Griananpoll 1 Orange T863, 372223154920863, 6th Nov 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Grianan Orange R786.

Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange T863’ with breeder Dara Fitzgerald, Westmeath.

Junior Female Champion: Mary Pat Dinneen- Dunworley Ivy, 372219778831047, 1st Feb 19, F.H. William, Dunworley Krystle

Junior Female Champion: ‘Dunworley Ivy’ with breeder Mary Pat Dinneen, Cork.

Reserve Junior Female Champion: Michael Molloy – Moyclare Rose 45th, 372223914620467, 23rd May 19, Freetown Nadal, Moyclare Rose 10th.

Reserve Junior Female Champion: ‘Moyclare Rose 45th‘ with breeder Michael Molloy, Offaly.

Class Results:

Class 1: Young Handler — Under 14 on the day of the show.

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beattie — Farm Wardrobe.

1.  Tara Drumm

2. Colin Bourke

3. Elisa Drumm

4. Dara Fitzgerald

5. John O’Dwyer

6. Liam O’Dwyer

7. Oisin Whelan

8. Dylan Smith

1st place Junior Young Handler- Tara Drumm with Judge Padraig Farrell.

Class 2: Young Handler — Under 21 & over 14 on the day of the show

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beattie — Farm Wardrobe.

1. Sarah Murray

2. PJ Moloney

3. Mark Hyland

4. Conor Jones

5. Padraig Jones  

1st Place Senior Young Handler – Sarah Murray with class sponsor Alison Beattie.
Young Handler & Commerical Judge, Padraig Farrell, being presented with a gift from Isabella Canty on behalf of the North Leinster Branch.

Class 3: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Sponsor: Hugh Mulvihill (Auctioneer) & GVM.

1. Michael Dullea – Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167, 372226275080167, 29th Oct 18, Solitude 1 Marshall, Appel 1 Dolly 2.

2. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Griananpoll 1 Orange T863, 372223154920863, 6th Nov 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Grianan Orange R786.

3. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Grianan Orange T860, 372223154980860, 29th Sep 18, Bowmont Storm A584, Grianan Dominique.

4. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 004, 372214481621004, 5th Nov 18, Corlismorepoll 1 Lad, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 524.

5. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Orlena, 372222238110376, 7th Nov 18, Black Water Lad, Keenagh Maddy.

1st place in class 3, Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: ‘Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167‘ with exhibitor Michael Dullea, Cork.
2nd Place in Class 3, Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Reserve Senior Female Champion: ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange T863’ with breeder Dara Fitzgerald., Westmeath.

 Class 4: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.

Sponsor: Greenvale Animal Feeds

1. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Lucy Superstar, 372226228480402, 8th Jan 19, SMH Euro 30E, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

 2. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Kylie, 372216014610845, 2nd Dec 18, Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, Knockmanta 1 Beauty.

3.  Sean McKiernan – Corlismore Oyster 009, 372214481671009, 16th Nov 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Corlismore Oyster 597.

4. Michael Dullea – Deelish 1 Irresistible, 372214011960788, 1st Dec 18, Dendor 1 Kohinoor PP, Tanavalla Jemma.

5. Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald – Grianan Orange T864, 372223154930864, 15th Nov 18, Grianan Parker, Grianan Orange N692.

1st Place in class 4: ‘Herberry 1 Lucy Superstar’ with Young Handler Colin Bourke, Tipperary.

Class 5: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society

1. Mary Pat Dinneen – Dunworley Ivy, 372219778831047, 1st Feb 19, F.H. William, Dunworley Krystle

2. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Saffron Lucy ET, 372226228440407, 3rd Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

3. Sean McKiernan – Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette 1022, 372214806871022, 9th Mar 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette.

4. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Ruby 020, 372214481621020, 3rd Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Dendor 1 Ruby 27th.

5. Christine Drumm – Crowenstown Prettymaid 2, 372223810210009, 2nd Mar 19, Cill Cormaic Kasper, Allowdale Prettymaid 557.

1st Place in Class 5 & Junior Female Champion: ‘Dunworley Ivy’ with breeder Mary Pat Dinneen, Cork.

Class 6: Heifer Calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.

Sponsor:  Hereford Prime

1. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Georgina, 372216014650857, 17th Mar 19, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Knockmanta 1 Jackie 2.

2. John Jones – Clonroe Holly, 372222730241828, 9th Apr 19, Kilsunny Goliath, Clonroe Fiadh.

3. Michael & Ciaran Kinahan – Airhill Rapunzal, 372214494991307, 29th Apr 19, Cill Cormaic Napoleon, Airhill Korea.

4. John Jones – Airhill Rufus, 372214494971313, 5th May 19, Trillick Paul, Airhill Koba.

1st Place in Class 6: ‘Knockmanta 1 Georgina’ with breeder John McKiernan, Louth.
3rd Place in Class 6: ‘Airhill Rapunzal‘ with Handler Sarah Murray.

 Class 7: Heifer Calf of the future, born from May 15th 2019 onwards.

Sponsor:  Progressive Genetics

1. Michael Molloy – Moyclare Rose 45th, 372223914620467, 23rd May 19, Freetown Nadal, Moyclare Rose 10th.

Heifer Calf of the Future: ‘Moyclare Rose 45th’ with breeder Michael Molloy, Offaly.

Class 8: Commercial Hereford sired calf, Male or Female not weighing over 450kg.

Sponsor: Hereford Prime

1. Hugh P Murray – Panda, 372212246290214, 10th Feb 19, Romany 1 Lawbreaker, IE182026730288

2. Ivan Jones – ——, 372219868550416, 6th Apr 19, IE301207220987, IE361116760219.

3. Hugh P Murray – Fluffy, 372212246220216, 18th Feb 19, Normanton 1 Laertes, IE301096610146

4. Philip Smyth – Oreo, 372214429580845, 13th May 19, Church Preen Galileo, IE121007620515.

Commercial Champion: ‘Panda’, with breeder Hugh P. Murray, Westmeath.
Commercial Champion ‘Panda’ & 3rd place Commercial ‘Fluffy’ with breeders Hugh P & Kerrie Murray.

Class 9: Bull Calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Sponsor: Lakeland Dairies

1. John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Mighty, 372214625741668, 10th Nov 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Mighty

2. Michael & Grainne Farrell – Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock, 372218952750169, 15th Oct 18, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Castledaly Roisin.

3. Sean McKiernan – Corlismore Punch 994, 372214481690994, 16th Sep 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Corlismore Oyster 758.

4. Michael Molloy – Moyclare Romeo, 372223914670455, 1st Nov 18, Church Hill Nigel, Moyclare Rose 23rd.

5. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Bruno, 372222238150371, 20th Oct 18, Keenagh L-Jay, Lislaughtin Alma 9.

1st Place in Class 9, Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: ‘Appel 1 Mighty’ with breeder John Appelbe, Cork & Judge Non Throne.
2nd Place in Class 9, Reserve Senior Male Champion: ‘Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock’ with Hugh P. Murray & Breeder Michael Farrell, Westmeath.

Class 10: Bull Calf born on or between 15th November & 14th January 2019.

Sponsor: Slaney Meats

1. Sinead Conry – Rathnollag Ted, 372219265960842, 15th Dec 18, Trillick George, Castleroberts Stephanie 220.

2. Mark Hyland – Hillockpoll 1 Buster, 372214824480534, 15th Dec 18, Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, Hillockpoll 1 Michaela

3. Eamon & John McKiernan – Knockmanta 1 Handsome, 372216014630847, 20th Dec 18, Fabb 1 Northern Star, Knockmanta 1 Ethel.

4. John Farrell – Boyanna Storm, 372213068251073, 12th Dec 18, Boyanna Rambler, Boyanna Mollie.

5. Sarah Murray -Shiloh-Farm Foreman, 372215248660564, 4th Dec 18, Shiloh-Farm Dynamite, Shiloh-Farm Adorable Lady ET.

1st Place in Class 10 – ‘Rathnollag Ted’ with breeder Sinead Conry, Westmeath.
2nd Place in Class 10: ‘Hillockpoll 1 Buster’ , bred by Mark Hyland, Leitrim.
4th Place in Class 10: ‘Boyanna Storm’ with breeder John Farrell.

Class 11: Bull Calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Sponsor:  Animax

1. Raymond Vere Hunt & Veronica Brennan – Herberry 1 Kodak Moment ET, 372226228410404, 1st Feb 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

2. John & Beatrice Appelbe – Appel 1 Shergar, 372214625751685, 25th Feb 19, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1 Faith.

3. Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Pierre, 372219778781804, 20th Feb 19, Clooncullane King 322, Kilsunny Lass Josslyn

1st Place in Class 11, Reserve Junior Male Champion: Herberry 1 Kodak Moment Et‘ with breeder Veronica Brennan, Tipperary.

Class 12: Bull Calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.

Sponsor: Dovea Genetics

1. JJ Farrell – Trillick Chesney, 372213272092133, 15th Apr 19, Glaslough Rooney, Cill Cormaic Kaz.

2. Sean McKiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Henry 033, 372214481671033, 20th Apr 19, Panmure 1 Henry, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 574.

3. Elisa Drumm – Crowenstown De Bromhead, 372223810230010, 19th Apr 19, Allowdale Ribstone 436 ET, Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy.

4. Noel Whelan – Ballynaltybay Bruno, 372212162630864, 25th Mar 19, Cill Cormaic Kasper, Kilsunny Doreens Nico.

5. John Jones – Airhill Riley, 372214494921300, 18th Apr 19, Cill Cormaic Napoleon, Airhill Iris.

1st Place in Class 11, Reserve Supreme Champion & Junior Male Champion: ‘Trillick Chesney‘ with breeder Ciaran Farrell, Longford.

Class 13: Bull Calf of the future, born from May 15th 2019 onwards.

Sponsor:  ABP

1. Edwin & Robert Jones – Keenagh Pedro, 372222238190391, 3rd Jul 19, Keenagh L-Jay, Keenagh Lavender.

Bull Calf of the Future: ‘Keenagh Pedro’, bred by Edwin & Robert Jones, Longford.

Our team of Young Handlers; Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie were also out in force on Sunday from early morning as they washed, dried, clipped, groomed & dressed animals for all breeders who wanted an extra hand.
Each of the team also led animals in both the Show for themselves and other exhibitors. The team are now gearing up for their travels down under where they will represent Ireland in the Young Handlers competition at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next March 2020.

Young Handlers; Michael Barrett, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Eoin Lynch.

A massive congratulations also to our Young Handler; Sinead Conry, Rathnollag Herefords in Roscommon, on being crowned Macra na Feirme ‘Queen of the Land 2019’, last Sunday also in the Bridge House, Tullamore.

Sinead Conry showcasing her ‘Queen of the Land’ Sash with ‘Rathnollag Ted’ who won first prize in class 10

Well done to John O’Dwyer, Scarragh Herefords, Tipperary, on winning the People’s Commercial Champion when he correctly judged the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Commercial winners as per Padraig Farrell’s judgement. John won a box of meat which was kindly sponsored by Irish Hereford Prime.

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & Many thanks to all the generous sponsors, who make this show possible; Farm Wardrobe, ABP, Animax, Dovea Genetics, Greenvale Animal Feeds, GVM Marts, Hereford Prime, Hugh Mulvihill Auctioneer, Lakeland Dairies, Progressive Genetics & Slaney Foods International.

Upcoming Events.

The Premier Spring Show & Sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 28th March 2020. Entries close 1 month before the date of Sale.







Irish Young Handlers working hard at the Premier Autumn Show & Sale 2019

Our team of Young Handlers; Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie were busy bees last Saturday at our Premier Autumn Hereford Show & Sale in GVM Tullamore. The team were on hand from early morning as they washed, dried, clipped, groomed & dressed animals right upto and beyond the start of the Premier Autumn Hereford Show.
Each of the team also led animals in both the Show & Sale for various breeders. The Young Handlers undertook this challenge by themselves and each of them performed admirably. All 4 Young Handlers pulled in as a team and worked hard until the very end and presented all cattle with great taste, showcasing their skills & talents while lending a helping hand.


The Society would like to thank all breeders who supported our Young Handlers – this experience is invaluable to the team ahead of competing in the Young Handlers competition at the World Hereford Conference in March 2020 where they will compete against teams from USA, Australia, UK, Sweden, New Zealand & Denmark! The teams will complete in various tasks such as clipping, preparing & grooming for showing, stock judging & leading cattle in the show ring.

Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie will be on hand at the National Hereford Calf Show on Sunday 10th November in GVM Tullamore to wash, dry, clip, groom & dress all calves for any breeders who wishes to avail of the service. They are also available to lead calves in the showring. For more information please contact the Society.

Entries for the calf show close next Wednesday 30th October so get your entry forms from our website: https://herefordmarketing.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/calf-show-2019-entry-form.pdf or by contacting the Society Office on 044 9348855.

National Hereford Calf Show Launch at the NPC 2019: Tennyson Eger, (Hereford Prime), Hugh P. Murray, Michael Molloy, Henry Dudley (IHBS President), Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman), Evelyn McKiernan, Pat McCarthy, Niall O’Mahony (Hereford Prime Chairman), Gary McKiernan, Tom Brennan & Martin Murphy.

Full Sale report to follow!

Premier Autumn Show & Sale in Tullamore with a helping hand!

The Premier Autumn Show and Sale will take place on Saturday 19th October in GVM Tullamore with a large number of quality stock for sale including; 41 bulls & 25 heifers, all of which have been inspected. The show will begin at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm.

This year, there is a new development afoot for the Premier sale; our team of 4 Young Irish breeders who will represent Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020 are hosting a grooming station in GVM Tullamore on the morning of the show and sale. Eoin, Katie, Michael & Sinead will be on hand to dress and groom cattle for any breeder that wishes to avail of the service. The team will be available to wash, dry, clip, brush & apply soap and other products from early that morning.

Eoin Lynch, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Michael Barrett at the the NPC 2019.

This idea was initiated by the team who are using initiative & drive to prepare for the Young Breeders Competition that they will compete in as part of the Conference. The Irish team will compete against teams from across the globe including; Australia, Denmark, Sweden, USA, UK and New Zealand, where each team will be responsible for preparing cattle for showing and leading them in the show ring. There will also be clipping & stock judging competitions for each team.

With the showing season well wrapped up and few opportunities left to practice their skills, Eoin, Katie, Michael & Sinead feel this is an opportunity not to be missed on their part to improve their skills and gain as much practice dressing & preparing cattle for showing as possible as well as being an opportunity for breeders to avail of a helping hand.

The Young Breeders will also be on hand to lead any animals during the show ànd/or sale and help in any way possible during the day.

The catalogue for this sale is now available (below) on our homepage & the Catalogues page of our website. There will be a Sale preview published on http://www.showstock.ie and all breeders are welcome to add photos or videos of their cattle to this preview by sending them onto ShowStock either through their Facebook page, e-mailing showstockie@gmail.com or texting them on via Whats App on 0894715249 or you can send them onto the Society and we will forward them on.

Also at this sale, Certified Irish Hereford Prime are kindly sponsoring the buyers of the top five highest priced bulls at the sale with a €200 voucher towards the purchase of their bull. 

Don’t forget Kilmallock Show and Sale will also take place the following Friday 25th October; show starts at 11am & sale will begin at 1pm with a total of 46 bulls entered. Certified Irish Hereford Prime are also kindly sponsoring the buyers of the top five highest priced bulls at this sale with a €200 voucher towards the purchase of their bull. 

Irish Hereford Travel Bursary to New Zealand Winners 2019.

The finale of our Travel Bursary competition was held last Wednesday 18th September with each of the 10 finalists sitting an earnest interview with Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme. Thomas questioned the Young Breeders on their knowledge of the Hereford breed, the challenges facing the breed and how would they promote the breed in New Zealand as well as to dairy farmers at home. The interviews carried out over a microphone on front of a large public audience which was no easy task for our 10 candidates but that did not phase any of them. Each candidate spoke clearly and competently and gave very thoughful and knowledgeable answers. Across all stages of the competition; each of the 10 finalists showcased their talent, competency & enthusiasm which drove the standard very high and left a very fine line between all 10 competitors, leaving it no easy task to choose just 4 winners.  Each candidate should be very proud of themselves.  Their effort in completing all the stages of this competition is commendable.

Katie Brady, Mark Stewart, Sinead Conry, Michael Barrett, Clodagh Lynch, Eoin Lynch, Louise Callan (IHBS Breed Development Officer), Henry Dudley (IHBS President), Marika Mahon (Slaney Foods), James Thompson, Ross Bateman, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Catherine Smyth, Thomas Duffy (Macra na Feirme President), Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman).


The Irish Hereford Travel Bursary winners, who  will represent Ireland at World Hereford Conference Young Breeders Competition in New Zealand in March 2020 are;

Eoin Lynch, Co. Cork.

Michael Barrett, Co. Cork

Sinead Conry, Co. Roscommon.

Katie Brady, Co. Cavan.


Reserve Winners: Clodagh Lynch, Co. Cork & Catherine Smyth, Co. Meath.

The Society is delighted to have such competent young breeders coming on stream which are more than capable to sustain the future of the Hereford Breed. The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped out with the competition including Grianan Herefords & Bandon Mart who facilitated the workshops; Grianan Herefords & Gurteragh Herefords who provided cattle and Anselm Fitzgerald & Peter O’Connell who demonstrated cattle dressing and showing skills. A huge thanks also to Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme, for carrying out & interviews. Finally we would like to thank our sponsors Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland without whom this competition would not be possible. We wish all our Young Breeders the greatest of success going forward and look forward to working with them in the future.

4 Young breeders who will represent Ireland at WHC2020 in New Zealand: Eoin Lynch, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Michael Barrett.

Travel Bursary to New Zealand – Candidate Synopsis.

With the finale of our Travel Bursary competition happening this coming week, our 10 finalists are busy preparing for an interview with Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme on Wednesday 18th September at the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow. The interviews will kick off at 11.30am sharp in the Hereford stand; stand 190. Thereafter, a team of 4 delegates will be chosen to attend the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020 and compete in the Young Handlers Competition. The winners will be announced at 3pm on Wednesday 18th September. The best of luck to all 10 candidates.

Catherine Smyth.
I am the third generation of hereford breeders at Ardmulchan. My grandfather Thomas established the herd in 1933. The herds first stockbull was Allenstown Capper who was purchased at the Allenstown dispersal sale.
I have been breeding & showing herefords from a very young age. My dad Phil gave me a heifer calf for my 6th birthday and the addiction started then. Her first heifer calf Ardmulchan Dolly 376 was Overall Champion at Trim Show in 2009 which was the first year I showed cattle by myself. 
At the moment I am about the enter into my 3rd year studying Agriculture at DKIT/Ballyhaise. At home we have about 25 pedigree cows and just as many commercial suckler cows. All progeny from the commercial herd is finished for slaughter in the Hereford beef scheme at Kepak Clonee. We also buy in some continental weanlings and stores, and these are finished aswell. There is a strong market for pedigree bulls which are sold mainly into dairy herd in the area and some at the bull sales. We operate a small tillage enterprise to provide sufficient winter forage and lower meal expenses. In my spare time I enjoy playing football with my local club Seneschalstown
.”

Clodagh Lynch.

I am 19 years old and I live on my family farm in Bantry, Co. Cork. We farm a herd of 40 pedigree Hereford cows. We calve our cows from July to October so that our bulls are 15-18 months when sold for breeding. We cull a number of under-performing cows each year and keep some of the heifers as replacements, while selling the remaining ones to interested customers. I was also elected P.R.O. of the West Cork Hereford Breeders Club three years ago. I am a second year “Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship” student in University College Cork. This course is a blend of both business and science and gives me a great understanding of the food supply chain as well as important marketing techniques. When I’m not working, I enjoy playing trad music and attending agricultural shows with my family.

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan.

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan grew up on a family farm breeding pedigree Hereford cattle in Co Limerick. Hannah’s passion for Herefords was fostered by her grandmother Catherine, and today they have a herd of 20 suckler cows. They aim to breed easy calving, docile and milky animals, using high genetic principles and AI. Hannah is a keen advocate of technology to highlight the value of the Hereford breed and uses their farm website, www.toryhillherefords.com to promote the breed. Having spent time working for the UN and three years working for the BBC, Hannah returned home in 2017 to take up the running of the family farm and a position with the Irish Farmers Journal as a news correspondent.  Aside from her passion for the Hereford breed, Hannah has a strong interest in the welfare of farmers and families in rural Ireland, and has teamed up with Pieta House and the Rape Crisis Centre in the mid-west, to run a farm charity bake sale and nature walk in aid of both charities on her family farm which was held on Saturday 7th September. 

James Thompson.

“My name is James Thompson and I am from County Carlow and our family farm resides on the border of Carlow, Wicklow & Kildare. Herefords have been the main breed on our farm since our herd prefix was first register in 1938 & always will remain the mainstay our farm. Other breeds have come and gone over the years but the Hereford breed animal has always out lasted any newcomers to our farm. We run a predominately pedigree herd of around 50 cows & 10 Sucklers which are Hereford crosses which are ran with my parents Hazel & James Thompson. At this time I have a full time job off farm but work every evening, morning & weekends on the farm. I am lucky enough that my day job still allows me to be involved in agriculture in some small part as I work as a spare parts representative in an a agricultural dealership. However it is cattle breeding that I enjoy the most. There is no better sense of achievement that picking a heifer or cow from a field, selecting your bull to use, watching here calve and the calf thrive right through to the point of sale and doing well. It is a long and slow process but I think that is what makes it all the more satisfying and gives the greater sense of achievement.”

Mark Stewart.

“I am from Drum in Co Monaghan. I Am after completing my Leaving Cert and I am just beginning to study Ag Science in Galway. We have beef, dairy and Poultry on our farm.I started Herefords up on my farm myself.I bought my first heifer when I was 12 years old.I used all my savings and help from my family to buy my first heifer.I have expanded to 8 cows and I hope to expand more now since I am finished school.I done all the work with the Herefords as my father had very little time to help.I do prepare all my bulls for the local bull sales I wash groom and train my bulls for the sales.Any practices that have to be carried out with the purebreds for example tagging, dehorning, dosing, registering I do all these jobs myself.I managed to work with the Herefords as well as working at school.We have a Polled and a Horned Herd.I do work on the farm over the summers and any holidays I have.I have a great interest in Soccer and Badminton.My team and I finished second in the All Ireland badminton competition.We were the current Ulster Champions.On the soccer front I got called up to the senior team for cootehill harps at the age of 15 while I was only playing u15s at this stage.”

Michael Barrett.

Occupation: Maths and Geography Teacher.

Current Studies: Level 6 Certificate in Agriculture in Salesian Agriculture College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick.

Hobbies/ Interests: Farming, Hurling, Football, Athletics, Macra na feirme, Debating, Tag Rugby, Showing cattle.

Home Farm: The home farm consists of a dairy herd made up of 90 pedigree Friesian and Dairy Shorthorns cows, a flock of 55 breeding ewes and a pedigree Hereford herd made up of 15 breeding females. 

Gurtaleen Herefords: In 1983, the seed was sat for the ‘Gurtaleen Hereford’ herd. When my parents, JJ AND Mary got married in 1981 they decided on setting up a pedigree registered herd of Herefords. They purchased their first Hereford from D.P O’Leary’s ‘Greenstream herd’ in Castlelyons, Co. Cork. After the cow failed to go in calf they decided to get embryos off the cow. Nine months later along came ‘Gurtaleen Helen’. Thirty-six years on the Gurtaleen Herd now stands with fifteen breeding Hereford females. ‘Carrigroe Fiddle’ was purchased off Frank and John Appelbe, Clonakilty and this bull went on to win eighteen championships in one year. Other bulls that were herd sires in Gurtaleen were ‘Gageboro Renown’ which was purchased off Mr. John Holloway and ‘Grianan Corneal’ which was purchased off Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald’s ‘Grianan Herd’, Moate, Co. Westmeath. Our most recent Hereford bulls were sourced from Tom and Paddy Hickey’s Skehnore Herd – ‘Skehnore Rebel’ and ‘Skehnore Whistler’. All these bulls had the full qualities of the horned Hereford breed which are their docile nature, high fertility, short gestation length, easy of calving and the ideal carcass weight fit for the market requirements. Females in the herd consist of bloodlines from top Hereford herds around the country including Liam Philpot’s ‘Allowdale herd’, Christy Finn’s ‘Bawngarriff herd’, Flor and Brenda Long’s ‘Inniscarra Herd’ and John and Frank Appelbe’s ‘Carrigroe Herd’. Throughout the years A.I has been used to improve the genetics within the herd. Sires used on the herd include Freetown Fortune, Trillick Best, Woodview Sargent and Trillick Hotspur. Bulls are sold for breeding at mart sales or privately at home in the Spring time, with many going to big dairy herds throughout Cork and beyond. Females are retained within the herd and surplus females are sold for breeding. Young stock from the herd are exhibited at many summer shows throughout Munster. “

Sinead Conry.

“I bought my first pure Hereford heifers in October 2016 Since then I have purchased a further 8 female as well as adding to my breeding stock by retaining all the heifers born to my cows, Recently i imported my first cow from England so as to diversify my blood lines. I also show bulls and heifers at a number of shows in Roscommon and local counties at which I have won a number of competitions, I also show Herefords for padraig and Catherine McGrath of kye Hereford. I was invited to show Herefords for Laura and Philip Vincent at Tenbury show in England. I am a third year student in TUD studying environmental health science . When I graduate I plan to combine a career in environmental inspections with farming. I have a keen interest in the challenges facing farmers at a time where resistance to meat production and consumption is increasing and wants to develop a sustainable environmentally friendly farming enterprise centered on Herefords.”

Eoin Lynch.

“I grew up on the family farm just a few miles outside a town called Bantry in West Cork. Along with my father, mother, brother and sister we breed 40 pedigree cows on the farm with 35 of them being Hereford. We calf down the majority of the cows in the autumn and rear the calves until they are roughly 18 months old so we could have up to 120 cattle on the farm at times. We have counted ourselves lucky in recent years as we have managed to sell 85% of the bulls out of the yard with a strong number of repeat customers coming back to us but we do enjoy taking a few bulls to our local bull sale in Bandon which runs in April of each year. I graduated from Cork Institute of Technology last year with a BSc Hons in Instrument Engineering. Following this I moved on to my current career where I am working as an Instrumentation and Automation Engineer for Irving Oil in Whitegate Co. Cork. I drive the 145 mile round trip to work and home quite often as I like to check up on the cattle and do a few jobs on the farm in the evenings. I follow most sports but I particularly used to enjoy playing football and hurling for the Bantry Blues but it was only very brief career as I was forced into early retirement due to a plague of injuries. I spent most of last winter running up mountains and cycling the roads around West Cork training for adventure races while many of my summer weekends are spent exhibiting cattle at shows around Cork.”

Ross Bateman.

“I’m 26 years old and I currently work as a Digital Marketing Executive for an IT company in Cork called PFH Technology Group. I’m a 3rd generation farmer at my home farm at Slieveroe. Hereford cattle have been farmed at home since my grandfather Harvey Bateman first bred them in 1971. My father Adrian continued with the breed and over the years they have been at the heart of our farm. Since I was 12 years old, I have been showing cattle. My first year showing, we brought out an October-born Kilronan Leader heifer calf called Slieveroe Doreen. I showed Doreen in every show we went to, winning the Interbreed Young Handlers Competition at Cork Show and the West Cork Hereford Club Championship also – the bug had truly bitten. That year, she was shown with her herd mate Slieveroe Damien Duff – named after our favourite Irish soccer player. At the moment, I’m trying to build a house at home on the farm with my partner Sarah but when I’m not working or farming, I can be found in the stands at Turner Cross supporting Cork City FC having been a season ticket holder for the last 10 years. I also play rugby with Bandon RFC as a prop forward although I’ve been told I’m NOT the next Cian Healy or Tadgh Furlong!”

Katie Brady.

“My name is katie brady I come from bailieborough in co Cavan. I’m 18 years old and I am just after finishing my leaving cert I hope to study agriculture science next year . My father started our pedigree herd of Herefords in 2005. I started showing commercial cattle in 2014 and last summer was my first year to show pedigree Herefords. We also have pedigree Simmentals and sheep on our farm. I would like to travel to New Zealand to see the different ways of farming and maybe learn a few things that I can use within my own herd.”