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NATIONAL HEREFORD CALF SHOW

Judge: Mr. Andrew Hughes (UK)

The inaugural National Hereford Calf Show was held this past Saturday at the GVM Arena, Tullamore. This is a new event for the 2014 show calendar and was supported by over 40 exhibitors from all corners of Ireland resulting in a final entry of in excess of 80 calves. The spectator area was full to capacity with visitors from all over Ireland in attendance. It was also a pleasure to welcome additional visitors from Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Denmark. A special thank you is extended to all the sponsors who supported the event and made it possible.

The show attracted a number of calves that had enjoyed a significant amount of success during the summer show season as well as many animals making their debut on the show circuit. As a result, the quality and standard of calves in each class was superb and the event was a spectacular showcase of Irish Herefords and a great exhibition of Hereford cattle.

The day kicked off with the young stockperson classes. This section was judged by Irish Hereford Breed Society President Ivor Deverell. Each young handler was judged on their ability to show and parade their animal and was also evaluated on their knowledge of the breed and their calf. The junior section was won by Sarah Murray with Leah Mullen coming in second position. The senior section was won by Catherine Smyth with Ciaran Kinahan and Colin Anderson taking second and third prize respectively. Each of the young handlers were presented with a rosette and special medal many of them were back in action in the show ring later in the day leading calves in the main show classes.

Winners Young Handler Competitions - On Left Age 14 -21 - 1st, Catherine Smyth with Ardmulchan Clover 610 and Under 14- 1st, Sarah Murray with Grianan Nobleman
Winners Young Handler Competitions – On Left Age 14 -21 – 1st, Catherine Smyth with Ardmulchan Clover 610 and Under 14- 1st, Sarah Murray with Grianan Nobleman

The female section comprised of four classes and fielded a very strong entry of top quality young heifers. The overall Female Championship was awarded to the winner of the senior heifer calf class Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 exhibited by Matthew Goulding. This quality heifer is no stranger to success having previously placed as the Reserve All Ireland Heifer Calf of the Year at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore last August in addition to winning many more prizes on the Munster show circuit. Judge Andrew Hughes described his Female Champion as “an extremely well balanced and correct young heifer” and had no hesitation in placing her at the top of the championship line-up.

Champion Heifer Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 with owner Matthew Goulding and judge Andrew Hughes UK.
Champion Heifer Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 with owner Matthew Goulding and judge Andrew Hughes UK.

The Reserve Female Champion came from the Corlismore Polled Herefords of Sean McKiernan with the young calf Corlismore Poll 1 Lady 748. Lady 748 took 1st prize in the keenly contested senior 2014 born class. The judge complimented this heifer on her “size for age” and she fought off stiff competition from many of the older heifers to take the Reserve Female championship.

 Reserve Champion Heifer Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748 with Gary McKiernan and judge Andrew Hughes UK.
Reserve Champion Heifer Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748 with Gary McKiernan and judge Andrew Hughes UK.

Other 1st prize winners on the day included the 2014 National Hereford Show Female Champion, Knockmountagh Cindy exhibited by John & Eamon McKiernan, who won the junior Autumn 2013 class. The youngest calf of the entire show, Gageboro Niamh 2, won the junior class in the female section for breeders Niall Daly & Lisa Holloway.

1st Prizewinner Knockmountagh Cindy with owner Eamonn McKiernan.
1st Prizewinner Knockmountagh Cindy with owner Eamonn McKiernan.
1st Prizewinner Gageboro Niamh 2nd with Niall Daly
1st Prizewinner Gageboro Niamh 2nd with Niall Daly

The male section was particularly well supported with a large entry in each of the four classes with one class attracting an entry of 23 bulls, 18 of which were present on the day. The Male Championship was awarded to Eamon & John McKiernan with the winner of the first bull class of the day – Knockmountagh Master. This bull was a prolific winner of many prizes during the summer circuit and capped off a tremendous year for his owners by taking home the overall Male Championship. Judge Andrew Hughes was praised his Champion for his “strength and power” and added that he was a very deserving champion of the show.

Male Champion Knockmountagh Master with John McKiernan
Male Champion Knockmountagh Master with John McKiernan

The Reserve Male championship was won by Moyclare Mariner for owner Michael Molloy. This superbly fleshed young calf has also enjoyed much success on the summer show circuit and is sired by the noted stock bull Brocca Saviour. The Judge also commented on the exceptional muscling of the bull for his age.

Reserve Male Champion Moyclare Mariner with owner Michael Molloy and jdge Andrew Hughes UK
Reserve Male Champion Moyclare Mariner with owner Michael Molloy and jdge Andrew Hughes UK

The senior 2014 born bull calf class was won by Sean McKiernan’s Colismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 who is sired by the former two-time National Hereford Show Champion Grianan Firecracker. The last of the show classes was won by Rossmore Kestrel for owner Cathal Flynn. This bull deserves particular recognition as he fought off stiff competition from a large number of quality bull calves in what Judge Andrew Hughes described as the show’s “most difficult class to judge”.

1st Prizewinner Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 with Gary McKiernan
1st Prizewinner Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 with Gary McKiernan
1st Prizewinner Rossmore Kestrel with owner Cathal Flynn
1st Prizewinner Rossmore Kestrel with owner Cathal Flynn

Female Section:

Class 1: Heifer born between 01.09.2013 – 31.10.2013

1st: Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Gouldinpoll 1 Duchess 591, born: 12.09.13, sire: Remitall 1 Supreduty, dam: Dorepoll 1 Duchess 525

2nd: Brian & Eamonn Duignan, Shancor, Cornafean, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Esta 734, born: 29.09.13, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Corlismorepoll 1 Sharon Esta

3rd: Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co. Meath – Ardmulchan Clover 610, born: 16.10.13, sire: Grianan Emperor, dam: Ardmulchan Clover 456

4th: John O’ Connor, Ballykennedy Hse, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick – Clouncagh Joanne 4, born: 12.09.13, sire: Dieulacresse Hector, dam: Cloughcagh Breage Blossom.

Class 2: Heifer born between 01.11.2013 – 31.12.2013

1st: Eamonn & John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth – Knockmountagh Cindy, born: 16.11.2013, sire: Parkhill Pompeii, dam: Knockmountagh Cathy.

2nd: Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmount, Co. Offaly – Moyclare Rose 24, born: 26.11.2013, sire: Brocca Saviour, dam: Moyclare Rose 3.

3rd: Edwin Jones, Riverside, Kenagh, Co. Longford – Lislaughtin Alma 9, born: 09.12.2013, sire: Grianan Gaffer, dam: Lislaughtin Jessica 11

4th: JJ Farrell, Trillick-A-Temple, Longford, Co. Longford – Trillick Barbie, born: 06.11.2013, sire: Free Town Hotspur, dam: Trillick Honey.

Class 3: Heifer born between 01.01.2014 – 28.02.2014

1st: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748, born: 20.01.2014, sire: Corlismore Pompeii, dam: Udel 1 R51 Unwed Lady

2nd: Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare – Clondrina 1152, born: 29.01.2014, sire: Balleen Gilbert, dam: Clondrin 633

3rd: Ruth Good, Coolkirky, Riverstick, Co. Cork – Lislaughtin Almala 10, born: 04.02.2014, sire: Grianan Gaffer, dam: Lislaughtin Jessica 15

4th: John Neenan, Tullaha, Broadford, Charleville, Co. Limerick – Tullaha Lily, born: 12.01.2014, sire: Newstar Hercules, dam: Tullaha Delia.

Class 4: Heifer born after 01.03.2014

1st: Niall Daly & Lisa Holloway, Horseleap, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Gageboro Niamh 2, born: 24.04.2014, sire: Gageboro Kipling, dam: Tullamaine Fethard.

2nd: James V Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – Ballyraggan Thyme 798, born: 14.04.2014, sire: Killoe Blazer, dam: Ballyraggan Lavendar 567

3rd: Thomas Plunkett, Castletown-Finea, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – Ardnagross Patty, born: 17.03.2014, sire: Trillick Blazer, dam: Ardnagross Ruth

4th: Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Co, Monaghan – Rossmore Dolly, born: 06.04.2014, sire: Grianan King Kong, dam: Tattygare Maggie.

 Male Section 

Class 5: Bull born between 01.09.2013 – 31.10.2013

1st: Eamonn & John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth – Knockmountagh Master, born: 15.09.2013, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Knockmountagh Carmel.

2nd: T&A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mount Temple, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Grianan Neon, born: 10.09.2013, sire: Grianan Highfyler, dam: Grianan Orange K581

3rd: Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Dendor 1 Last Chance, born: 28.09.2013, sire: Solpoll 1 Gillbert, dam: Dendor 1 Greta 8

4th: H&M Parr, Tourtane, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny – Tourtane Jake, born: 23.10.2013, sire: Kilsunny Goliath, dam: Grianan Orange K589

Class 6: Bull born between 01.11.2013 – 31.12.2013

1st: Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmount, Co. Offaly – Moyclare Mariner, born: 03.11.2013, sire: Brocca Saviour, dam: Moyclare Dora.

2nd: T&A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mount Temple, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Grianan Nobleman, born: 17.11.2013, sire: Bowmount Storm, Grianan Dominique.

3rd: Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare – Clondrina 1138, born: 06.12.2013, sire: Balleen Gilbert, dam: Clondrina 881

4th: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 740, born: 11.11.2013, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Colismorepoll 1 Sara

Class 7: Bull born between 01.01.2014 – 28.02.2014

1st: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747, born: 18.01.2014, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 524.

2nd: Hugh P Murray, Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath – Newland Goss, born: 13.02.2014, sire: Castledaly Jeff, dam: Castleday Brid.

3rd: Edwin Jones, Riverside, Kenagh, Co. Longford – Keenaghpoll 1 Jupiter, born: 28.02.2014, sire: Kilsunny Goliath, dam: Keenaghpoll 1 Fiona.

4th: Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co. Meath – Ardmulchan Krusader, born: 02.01.2014, sire: Grianan Emperor, dam: Ballymartin Hillary.

Class 8: Hereford Bull born after 01.03.2014

1st: Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Co, Monaghan – Rossmore Kestrel, born: 02.03.2014, sire: Grianan King Kong, dam: Rossmore Blossom.

2nd: Basil Arnold, Mullaghdoo, Kileshardra, Co. Cavan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite, born: 24.03.2014, sire: Gouldinpoll 1 Superduty, dam: Mullaghdoo Rosetta.

3rd: James V Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – Ballyraggan Mentor 792, born: 07.03.2014, sire: Woodview Ernest, dam: Ballyraggan Dot 565.

4th: Michael Farrell, Kilcleagh, Castledaly, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Castledaly Messi, born: 17.03.2014, sire: Bowmont Vancouver, dam: Castledaly Eliza.

Report and Gallery photos by: Edward Dudley

Photos Prizewinners: Helena Murray

Winners of Slaney Foods Carcass Weight Guessing at NPC

From left:  Eddie McCabe – Manager Lidl Enniscorthy, Eamonn Moulds – Procurement Manager Slaney Foods International, Angela Armstrong Navan Co. Meath (Winner), Pat Lawlor (Winner) and Anne Lawlor Ballymore-Eustace, Co. Kildare, Marie McGrath, Clashmore, Co. Waterford (Winner), Denis Brennan – Livestock Procurement Slaney Foods International, David and Kieron McGrath, Betty Deacon – Farm Liaison Officer Slaney Foods International, Larry Feeney – Secretary Irish Hereford Breed Society
From left: Eddie McCabe – Manager Lidl Enniscorthy, Eamonn Moulds – Procurement Manager Slaney Foods International, Angela Armstrong Navan Co. Meath (Winner), Pat Lawlor (Winner) and Anne Lawlor Ballymore-Eustace, Co. Kildare, Marie McGrath, Clashmore, Co. Waterford (Winner), Denis Brennan – Livestock Procurement Slaney Foods International, David and Kieron McGrath, Betty Deacon – Farm Liaison Officer Slaney Foods International, Larry Feeney – Secretary Irish Hereford Breed Society

SLANEY FOODS INTERNATIONAL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF COMPETITION HELD AT THE NPC 2014

 Between the 23rd and 25th September, Slaney Foods International participated in the National Ploughing Championships on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Stand.  Centre stage on the Slaney display was the award winning Hereford Beef Selection which has proved to be a major success in Lidl Ireland and represents one of the successful partnerships now in place between Lidl and Irish farmers.

During this event, Slaney Foods held a competition where participants had to guess the Carcase Weight of a Hereford Steer Born in April 2013.  The draw created a lot of interest among those who visited the Stand. On Friday 26th September, the Carcase weight of the 17.5 month old Hereford sired steer bred by John Canty, Kildallkey, Trim and exhibited at the NPC was confirmed at Slaney Foods as 407 kgs.

The 3 Lucky winners of this competition were Marie McGrath from Clashmore, Co. Waterford, Angela Armstrong from Navan, Co. Meath and Pat Lawlor from Ballymore-Eustace, Co. Kildare.  On the 15th October each winner was presented with a Lidl Voucher worth €500 at Slaney Foods in Bunclody, Co. Wexford.  These vouchers were sponsored by The Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lidl and Slaney Foods International. A huge thank you to all who took part in this competition and congratulations once again to the 3 winners!

The 17.5 month old Hereford sired steer which had a slaughter weight of 407kgs. The steer was bred by John Canty, Kildalkey, Trim, Co Meath
The 17.5 month old Hereford sired steer exhibited on the Hereford stand at the NPC. On Friday 26th September his slaughter weight of 407kgs. was confirmed by Slaney Foods International at Bunclody, Co Wexford. The steer was bred by John Canty, Kildalkey, Trim, Co Meath

 

Hereford Competition Winners cannot resist “a LIDL bit of Magic”

Nicholas O'Connor left and James O'Connor 2nd from right receive their prize of a €400 LIDLshopping voucher from  John McDonnell Slaney Foods, and Larry Feeney Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd.
Nicholas O’Connor left and James O’Connor 2nd from right receive their prize of a €400 LIDLshopping voucher from John McDonnell Slaney Foods, and Larry Feeney Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd.

Over the past three months the Irish Hereford Breed Society has in association with partners Slaney Foods run a major competition to attract additional suppliers and cattle to its certified Irish Hereford Beef program.

The project has been extremely successful in its object of attracting top class beef farmers and quality assured Hereford sired steers and heifers for the fast growing “Irish Hereford Beef” range at major supermarket chain LIDL.

The latest and final winner in the current competition is Wexford man Nicholas O’Connor of Spring Farm Drumgoold. Nicholas who farms with son James runs a substantial autumn calving dairy herd of 175 cows. Approximately 40% are mated to Friesian/Holstein bulls for replacements with the remainder to Hereford. Some Hereford sired calves are sold off at about eight weeks with the heifer calves more often than not making similar or better prices than the bull calves according to James. The remainder are retained for finishing on farm and taken through to slaughter.

Unusually for nowadays no camera is used to supervise calving since calving does not provide any major difficulties. Ease of calving is a given with the majority of the herds cows calving down without assistance of any kind. If one is due to calve at bedtime one might wait on for completion of the event otherwise its early to bed etc.

All winners of the competition to date had the choice of a €500 Hereford bull purchase voucher or a €400 LIDL shopping voucher. Without exception all winners have chosen to experience “a Lidl bit of Magic” selecting the €400 LIDL voucher as their prize. Shoppers at the fast growing chain have the opportunity to purchase top quality products including Irish Hereford Beef. Take the opportunity to visit a store near you and purchase one of the many cuts of Irish Hereford Beef available including the new mini Irish Hereford Burgers just added to the range which are scrumptious.

Additional supplies of steers and heifers are required to meet the continuing expansion in demand. Call Slaney Foods today at Eamonn on 087/677 9567or John at 087/269 5119

“A LIDL bit of Magic” for Lorraine on her Birthday

The last thing Lorraine Connolly, Ballylarkin, Freshford expected on her birthday was a call from Slaney Foods, Wexford to tell her she was the winner of their April Slaney/ Hereford/ LIDL competition. Offered the choice of a 500 Euro Hereford bull purchase voucher or a 400 Euro LIDL shopping voucher she quickly choose the LIDL voucher.

With four fast growing sons plus husband Paudie to cater for Lorraine had no hesitation in her selection. “Whether shopping at LIDL or keeping Herefords your money goes further” stated the obviously delighted winner. A chef by profession in addition to her farming enterprise Lorraine is very conscious of quality food and in particular quality beef.

Quality Hereford sired calves are purchased each year usually at Thurles Co-op mart and taken to slaughter at two years or less. Quality grass and silage are an integral part of the diet. Sons Padraig (who has just had a trial for the under 14’s), Connor, Mark and Cian all aspiring Kilkenny county hurlers who are also keen John Deere fans were looking forward to silage making on May 16th which is two weeks earlier than in 2013 and looks a bumper crop.

The competition is part of a campaign to attract additional suppliers of quality assured Hereford sired steers and heifers for the very successful Slaney/Hereford beef program at Slaney Foods and continues throughout May and June.

Delighted with “a LIDL bit of magic” on her birthday Lorraine is looking forward to her shopping spree at LIDL which she says will definitely include the purchase of a supply of “Deluxe” Irish Hereford Beef which has been a top seller since its launch as part of the LIDL “Deluxe” range.

 

The April Slaney/LIDL/Hereford competition winner Lorraine Connolly Ballylarkin, Freshford with sons Mark, Cian, Padraig and Connor receives her €400 LIDL Shopping Voucher from John McDonald, Slaney Foods & Larry Feeney IHBS. Photo by Pat Moore

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