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Mullaghdoo Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale

The Mullaghdoo Hereford herd dispersal sale was held in GVM Carrigallen on Monday 19th September at 7pm.

The herd belongs to Basil Arnold from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan – who has been a Hereford member since 2008. The herd is well known throughout with Basil attending and exhibiting at several shows over the years and Premier Society sales.

There were 41 lots of cattle for sale including; 29 lots of Hereford females, eight young Hereford bulls and one stock bull for sale.

The trade was lively given the time of year and there were plenty of customers both ringside and online. There were just a few lots left unsold, some of which were sold on farm after the sale.

The top price during the sale was for a first calver; Mullaghdoopoll 1 Bessie, bred from Panmure 1 Henry and in-calf again to Fisher 1 Profile. This 2019 cow has a full page of stars aswell as style. The cow was purchased by Hereford breeder, Gerry McNamara from Clare for €5050.

Lot 14 sold for €5050

The next top price from the sale was €4100 for a maiden heifer; Mullaghdoopoll 1 Florence. This 2021 born heifer was also sired by Panmure 1 Henry and bred from a Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET dam. This heifer has a five-star replacement rate along with five stars for milk, carcase weight and carcase conformation.

Lot 22 sold for €4100

David Wilson from Lisrace Herefords in Northern Ireland purchased the next top priced lot for €3900. Lot 10, Mullaghdoo Lucy, was a Kye Rodge sired cow in-calf to Balleen Wayfair with a four-month-old bull calf at foot, Mullaghdoo Robin, also sired by Balleen Wayfair. David Wilson also bought the top priced combined lot when he purchased lot 7 for €2500 which was a Glaslough Esquire sired cow, scanned four and a half months in calf and then went on to purchase this cow’s bull calf; Mullaghdoo Hector for €3200. Hector is a Balleen Wayfair son with five stars for both the terminal index and carcase weight.

Lot 37, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Finnian was also a top seller earning €3550. This 2021 bull was sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star and bred from Panmure 1 Henry dam who sold earlier in the sale for €5050. This young bull has both a five star replacement index and five star terminal index.

We wish Basil & his family a very happy retirement & continued good health going forward.

Meet the Young Breeders – Week 5: Conor O’Rourke

This week we met with young Hereford breeder; Conor O’Rourke from Ardlahan Herefords, Co. Limerick. Conor is 12 years old and a pupil at Kildimo National School. Conor has a passion for Hurling, Football & of course Hereford cattle. Conor is rearing a Hereford cross calf for the Irish Hereford Calf rearing Programme.

Ardlahan Herefords

Ardlahan Herefords started in 1997 when Paddy, Conor’s grandfather, bought three maiden heifers from Tom Hannon of Hannonstown Herefords. Conor & his brother Noah are now 3rd generation Hereford breeders & the herd has now built up to 12 Pedigree breeding cows.

The Farm & Herefords

Conor purchased his first Pedigree registered Hereford heifer this year from John O’Connor of Clouncagh Herefords. The heifer has calved down since with twins last August gone & Conor is excited to see the calves grow into potential breeding stock going forward. Conor will spend time online checking out bulls to cross with the Ardlahan cows and knows the names and star evaluations of almost every Hereford bull in AI. The O’Rourke’s also rear 50 Hereford cross heifer calves each year which Conor is highly involved in.

Conor was a big help during the National Hereford Show this year and was delighted with his day at the show.

Love of GAA

Along with breeding Herefords, Conor loves anything GAA and his beloved Limerick team. Conor travels to all the Limerick matches – he was in Croke Park when Limerick won in 2018 and he hasn’t missed a match since.

We wish Conor well on his journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting Conor, Noah & their calf in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.

Irish National Hereford Calf Show 2022

The Irish Hereford Breed Society and the North Leinster Hereford Branch are delighted to be able to host the National Hereford Calf Show 2022 on Saturday 19th November in GVM Tullamore at 9.30am.

Pease note changes have been made to the ages of the classes

Online entries only:

Entries this year will be fully online using the same system as last year. Entries open on Wednesday 5th October and will close at midnight on Friday 11th November. Entries can only be submitted via this link; https://itsplainsailing.com/org/ihbs#event-33291

Classes/Prizes & Entry Fee:


Class 1: Heifer calf born on or between 1st September & 31st October 2021.

Class 2: Heifer calf born on or between 1st November & 31st December 2021.

Class 3: Heifer calf born on or between 1st January & 28th February 2022.

Class 4: Heifer calf born on or between 1st March & 30th April 2022.

Class 5: Heifer calf of the future born from May 1st 2022 onwards.

Senior Female Champion – Class1 & 2.

Junior Female Champion – Classes 3, 4 & 5.

Overall Female Champion.

Class 6: Dairy Beef Index Class consisting of the Highest DBI merit Genotyped bulls entered in the show. Automatic entry.

Class 7: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female not weighing over 450kg on the day of show. (Prize money: 1st – €200 2nd – €120, 3rd – €80, 4th – €50, 5th – €50)

Class 8: Bull calf born on or between 1st September & 31st October 2021.

Class 9: Bull calf born on or between 1st November & 31st December 2021.

Class 10: Bull calf born on or between 1st January & 28th February 2022.

Class 11: Bull calf born on or between 1st March & 30th April 2022.

Class 12: Bull calf of the future born from May 1st 2022 onwards.

Senior Male Champion – Classes 8 & 9.

Junior Male Champion – Classes 10, 11 & 12.

Overall Male Champion.

Prizes for classes 1 – 5 & 8 – 12 as follows: 1st– €120, 2nd – €80, 3rd – €50, 4th – €25, 5th – €25. Entry fee: €15

Rules:

All animals entered will be weighed on the morning of the show;
Pedigree heifers in excess of 1.5kg/day + 40 kg birth weight and
bulls in excess of 1.7 kg/day + 45 kg birth weight are not eligible for showing on the day

Commercial calves over 450kgs on the day are not eligible for showing and must have HE or HEX on their Card.

2022 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition – Winners!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime organised the annual Hereford calendar competition once again this year and it turned out to be a great success all round.

The competition is now closed and the winners have been finalised and officially announced on the IHBS Facebook page. The public have voted and we are delighted to announce & extend Congratulations to all the 1st & 2nd prize winners of the individual categories & the Overall Winner of the 2022 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition!

Overall Winner & Category 2 Winner – The HEX Factor: “Don’t tell me I look a little Moo-dy today” by Cillian Murphy, Mayo

Category 1

1st Place: Herefords The Natural Choice – “Can a girl just eat in peace” by Michael Power, Tipperary

2nd Place: Herefords The Natural Choice – “Keeping it Traditional” by Sean Brett, Tipperary

Category 2

1st Place: The HEX Factor –“Don’t tell me I look a little Moo-dy today” by Cillian Murphy, Mayo

2nd Place: The HEX Factor – “Seeing Double” by Sharon Rothwell, Wicklow

Category 3

1st Place: Prime Beef – “Summer Treats” by Theola Heatrick, Monaghan

2nd Place: Prime Beef – “Prime Beef” by Annmarie Dunne, Kilkenny

Category 4

1st Place: Hereford an Environmentally Sustainable Breed – “Two of a kind” by Sean Brett, Tipperary

2nd Place: Hereford an Environmentally Sustainable Breed – “Happy Valentines” by Eoin Lynch, Cork

Congratulations to all the finalists & massive thanks & appreciation to all who entered photos and supported the competition.

All shortlisted entries that were presented for the public vote will now be compiled into a calendar which will go on sale in aid of Hooves4Hospice next month. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar in the post when they are ready and they will be available to the public to purchase from irishherefordprime.com.

Meet the Young Breeders – Week 4: John Cregan

John Cregan is 8 years old and is a second class student in Scoil Mhuire National School in Broadford Co. Limerick. John lives with his parents; Tommy and Maura Cregan, his brother Peadar and his sisters Ellie and Molly. The family run the Tullaha Hereford herd which was established by Johns Great grandfather, James Neenan in 1971.

John Cregan with his HEX Bull calf

John started going to shows at very young age with his late Grandfather John Neenan and he began to show cattle himself in the young handler class for the first time in 2022, winning several red rosettes across the Summer.

John was very successful in the show ring during Summer 2022

John loves all things farming but he has a special love for Herefords. John knows the breeding of many of the Herefords on the farm and keeps a watchful eye over new born calves especially. Herefords are an ideal breed for young John given they’re so docile and easy to handle.

Johns’ favourite past times include playing GAA, Showing Hereford cattle and supporting the Limerick hurlers. John had some very difficult decisions to make this summer as he would have to decide between going to a show on a Sunday or going to watch Limerick on their way to win 3 in a row. As a result of some good decision making, he ended up having a very successful summer both in the show ring and in Croke Park.

Johns’ chosen charity is The Jack and Jill foundation. Jack and Jill is a nationwide charity providing in-home nursing care and respite support for children up to the age of 6 with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay. This may include children with brain injury, genetic diagnosis, cerebral palsy, and undiagnosed conditions. Another Key part of the service is end of life care for all children up to the age of 6, irrespective of diagnosis.

John’s Hereford cross bull calf

We wish John well on his journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting them and in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.