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National Hereford Show 2021

The Irish Hereford Breed Society are delighted to be able to host a National Hereford Show 2021, in-line with Covid-19 safety advice and Government guidelines.

The show will take place on Sunday 12th September 2021 on the grounds of the Annaharvey Equestrian Centre located just outside Tullamore.

Exhibitor entries

The show will follow the same rules and classes as would normally be the case with the National Hereford Show which is generally held as part of the Tullamore show each August. All male cattle and first time calving females entered must be genotyped and each entry must be accompanied with their zootechnical certificate. Entries for the show classes will be online only and will open at the beginning of August – more information to follow.


The show will be run fully in line with the Government health & safety advice in regard to the Covid-19 situation at that time. The society are hoping to welcome visitors to spectate but it will essentially depend on the numbers allowed attend outdoor gatherings at that time. There will be an online ticketing system used for all entries at the gate whereby all tickets will have to be purchased in advance of the day – in order to gage numbers and comply with contact tracing.

The society are delighted to be able to host this event and will ensure it is organised to the highest standards of health and safety and will hopefully be rewarding for exhibitors after two summers with no shows.

Keep an eye out at for further updates.

National Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020

The Irish Hereford Breed Society and in particular the North Leinster Hereford Branch and Irish Hereford Prime are delighted with how successful the National Hereford Calf Show 2020 has turned out to be. With over 110 entries received for 11 classes and a strong show of top quality Pedigree Hereford & Hereford cross calves entered across the board.

This virtual event is the first of its kind for the Society and has been very well received and supported.


The Society were delighted to have three very capable and talented judges on board;

  • Robin Irvine – Graceland Herefords, NI
  • Adam Woods – Technical Beef Journalist & Suckler farmer
  • Nigel Owens – International Rugby Referee & Hereford Breeder, Wales

Commenting on the quality of the stock; Nigel Owens said “The animals were a credit to the breeders and some of the classes proved very hard to select a winner from”. He also commented that he hoped “all breeders got something out of it in this very difficult year”.

All three judges executed the tough task flawlessly which was no easy feat with large entries in many of the classes and are owed great thanks and appreciation.


The Society would also like to thank their generous sponsors, who kindly donated prizes despite this turbulent year and appreciate that without their kind support an event like this wouldn’t be possible;

  • Moocall
  • Allsure
  • Herdwatch
  • Dectomax
  • Irish Hereford Prime

Class Winners

  • Class 1: Heifer born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019 –Grianan Orange U 877
  • Class 2: Heifer born on or between 1st Oct 2019 & 31st December 2019 – Grianan Orange U894
  • Class 3: Heifer born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020 – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxie
  • Class 4: Heifer calf of the future born from April 1st 2020 onwards – Clonroe Imogen
  • Class 5: Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019 – Moyclare Sam
  • Class 6: Bull born on or between 1st Oct 2019 & 31st December 2019 – Rathregan Bonanza
  • Class 7: Bull born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020 – Hillock Basil
  • Class 8: Bull calf of the future born from April 1st 2020 onwards – Clondrina Poll 1 1327
  • Class 9: Dairy Beef Index – Pedigree Genotyped Bull born on or between July 1st & December 31st 2019. Criteria for judging based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef index – Moyclare Sam
  • Class 10: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female, born in 2020 – Roxy
  • Class 11: Hereford / Hereford X Replacement Heifer of the Future – Hereford sired female born on or between July 1st 2019 & June 30th 2020. Criteria for judging based 60% on appearance and 40% on Replacement index – Petra

Public Vote

The class winners from class one to eight were then put forward for a public vote on the website; to crown the four champions.

The voting poll was closed on Friday 11th December after receiving great support & a large number of votes. From there, the three judges; Robin Irvine, Adam Woods & Nigel Owens were drafted back to judge the four champions and choose the overall Supreme Male Champion and the Overall Supreme Female Champion.

Huge congratulations to the champions;

  • Moocall Senior Female Champion – Grianan Orange U 877- Born July 2019 – Sired by Grianan Parkers whose bloodlines go back to Churchill Storm – Bred by T&A Fitzgerald, Westmeath & exhibited by Padraic McKenna of Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan. 
Moocall Senior Female Champion; Grianan Orange U 877
  • Allsure Junior Female Champion – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy- Born Feb 2020 – Sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid – Bred by Edwin & Robert Jones, Longford
Allsure Junior Female Champion; Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy
  • Herdwatch Senior Male Champion – Rathregan Bonanza- Born Dec 2019 – Sired by Rathregan Suarez whose bloodlines go back to Kilsunny Goliath – Bred by Val Ledwith, Meath
Herdwatch Senior Male Champion; Rathregan Bonanza
  • Dectomax Junior Male Champion – Clondrinapoll 1 1327-  Born Sept 2020 – Sired by Panmure 1 Henry – bred by Gerard & Declan Donnelly, Clare
Dectomax Junior Male Champion; Clondrinapoll 1 1327

Supreme Male & Female Championship;

Supreme Male Champion 2020 – Rathregan Bonanza

Supreme Female Champion 2020 – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy

Supreme Male Champion; Rathregan Bonanza

Supreme Female Champion; Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy

Huge thanks are extended to everyone who supported this virtual event. As a very different type of Show from what we are all used to, it is inspiring to see so many people getting involved and making the most of the situation at hand. This year has proven to be a difficult year for everyone and although technology has played a large part in keeping communities connected – The Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime are looking forward to meeting the public at Agricultural shows very soon again!

Knockmountagh Chief wins the title of Scottish Stock Bull of the Year.

There has been great success recently for one Irish bred Hereford bull abroad.

Knockmountagh Chief, the 2013 Tullamore Show National Hereford Bull Calf Champion, has seven years later, been judged the 2020 Best Stock Bull in the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association’s herd competition.

Bred by Eamon & John McKiernan of Knockmountagh & Knockmanta Herefords, Louth; Mr. Bill Andrew of Arranview Herefords purchased Chief in 2013 after taking a shine to him at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore. Following the success of the 2013 Champion; Knockmanta 1 Handsome was purchased this year to join Chief at the Arranview Herd as Junior Stock Bull.

It is very exciting to see Irish bloodlines making waves across the water and it is exceptional for such a senior bull to be awarded this title.

We wish the McKiernans & Arranview continued success with their Louth bred bulls.

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.