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Virginia Young Handler Workshop May 2022

The Virginia Young Handlers Workshop was held on Sunday 29th May in the Virginia Show Centre. The day included a mixed breed involvement which was a great element to add to the workshop. All Societies involved included; Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Limousin and Charolais. There were Hereford, Charolais, Limousin and commercial cattle on display on the day along with sheep.

The event was very well supported with over 60 young people getting involved. The Virginia Show Centre was the ideal location given the facilities available there.

The agenda consisted of breaking the group into six smaller groups and rotating between six different workshop stations. The agenda for the day involved;

Alan Shortt gave a demonstration on clipping cattle – where and how to clip different animals to show off their best points.

Catherine Smyth, Elanor O’Reilly and John Smyth gave a hands on workshop on how to handle cattle, how to lead them in the showring and what is involved in getting cattle to the showring.

Every young person was given the opportunity to actually walk and handle an animal in the manner that they would be expected in the show ring but also just to get a feel for it.

The younger group were given combs and were shown how to brush up animals.

Jim Dockery from the FRS was also present and gave a demonstration on health and safety on the farm and when handling cattle. Jim also gave an engageing demo on how to change the wheel of a trailer and all the do’s and don’ts involved.

During the day there was also a demonstration on how to clip and dress sheep for the showring.

Bartley Finnegan also ran a station where he discussed and advised on what products are good to use on animals in preparation for the showring.

Niall Lynch and Shane Murphy from the Aberdeen Angus Association gave a demo on how to take good photographs of cattle to show off the animals best points and make them look their best for shows and sales. They also gave a talk on how to use Social Media to build brands and promote.

Teagasc and Dundalk IT also had a stand on the day and were discussing with young people the agricultural courses that are available in college for students after school.

Many thanks to Willie Smith, Adam Woods (the Irish Farmers Journal), Jim Harrison & the Irish Shows Association, The Virginia Show Committee, all the demonstrators, all the volunteers, all the Breed Societies involved and to each of the participants who attended the day and making it a great success.

We look forward to working with all of the above again in the future to host young breeder events.

Herefords in Hot Demand in Kilkenny once again!

The annual Kilkenny multi-breed bull sale held in early May was very successful for Herefords this year. Trade was consistently good throughout the sale with the average price resting at just over €3200 and 75% of bulls sold earned over €3000.

The Champion and top price on the day was Balleen Actavis, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. Actavis, sired by a Yarram Star General son and bred from a Balleen Achiever dam, has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index. Actavis sold for €4900.

Balleen Actavis

The second top price of the day was €4600 for Cave Court Ricky, bred by Kathleen Vaughan, Tipperary. This October 2020 bull was sired by Allowdale Advance and bred from a Gageboro Suave granddaughter. Ricky has five stars for the replacement index, four stars for the terminal index and a low calving figure.

Listrolin Morgan, bred by Pat Rohan, Kilkenny, was sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Cill Cormaic Lincoln dam. Morgan, having four stars for replacement rate and milk, was purchased for €4100.

There was success all round for Trevor Masteron of Galbally Herefords, Wexford, when he sold two lots back to back. Their first lot into the ring; Galbally Axel 1590, sired by Allowdale Rory 835 and bred from a Castledaly Gearoid dam, has five stars for both terminal index and carcase conformation. This August born bull sold for €3700.

Galyballypoll 1 Mooreside 1610 was the next lot into the ring and was purchased for €3400. Another August born bull, sired by Moorside 1 Joseph and bred from Balleen Pansy 832, this bull has a four star terminal and a four star replacement index.

Ballyraggan Whistler 1025th also sold for €3400. Whistler was bred by James Thompson, Carlow. Having five stars for both terminal index and carcase weight, Whistler was sired by Rathnollag Lucky 790 and bred from an F.H. William dam.

The Thompsons also sold Ballyraggan Warlock 1031st on the day for €3200. Warlock, sired by Kye Hulk 706 and bred from a Border Rory dam, has a four star terminal index and five stars for carcase weight.

Lot 54 into the ring also sold for €3400. Boyanna Shurock was bred by John P Farrell, Westmeath. Sired by Boyanna Waffler, a Bowmont Storm son and a Rathcor Ranger granddaughter, this November born bull has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index.

John Farrell sold a further bull who earned €3000 during the sale; Boyanna Hallmark. This December born bull was sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Hallmark has a four star replacement and a four star terminal index.

John O’Heney of Brensha Herefords, Tipperary, also sold a bull for €3400. Brensha More, sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam, has a five star replacement rate and a four star terminal index.

The next best price on the day was Mount Shannon George, bred by Nigel Cox, Roscommon. George, sired by Trillick George and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam was sold for €3300.

The next bull that sold for €3300 was Knockfin Mark, bred by the Scott family, Laois. Knockfin Mark, born October 2020 was sired by Balleen Revenue and bred from a Quinsboro Storm 6th dam.

The Scott family also sold Knockfin Insitor for €3100. This September born bull was sired by Quinsboro Storm 6th and bred from a Forteregal Hadrian dam. Insitor has a four star terminal index rating and easy calving figures.

Christy Finn of Bawngarriff Herefords, Kilkenny also exhibited and sold one bull on the day. Bawngarriff Douglas Nine was sired by Forestview Douglas and bred from a Cill Cormaic Omorga dam. With four stars for the replacement index – this bull sold for €3000.

Overall this season was a great success for Herefords with a huge demand seen consistently throughout the Spring.

Ardmulchan Supreme Crowned Champion & Sale topper in Nenagh!

The final Hereford Spring Show & Sale was held last Saturday in Nenagh and was a successful end to an already successful season for Hereford breeders. Again, Irish Hereford Prime kindly sponsored €200 to the buyer of each bull sold for €2800 and over during this sale.

With home sales being strong throughout the Spring and demand exceeding supply, only 10 of the 31 bulls were exhibited for sale on the day. Of the 10, eight of the bulls were sold and four were sold for over €3000.

Supreme by Name – Supreme by Nature! Bred by Phil & Catherine Smyth,Meath; Nenagh sale Champion was awarded to Ardmulchan Supreme by judge Mr. Adrian Bateman. This March born bull was sired by Ballinveney Tiger and bred from a Yarram Pompeii grand-dam and is a half brother to Ardmulchan Sydney, who sold for €3000 at the end of the Nenagh April sale. Ardmulchan Supreme was purchased by a breeder from Kilkenny for €3900.

Ardmulchan Supreme was crowned Champion before topping the sale at €3900, photographed with breeders; Catherine Smyth & judge Adrian Bateman

The Reserve Champion earned the second top price of the day and was also purchase by the same Kilkenny breeder. Carrick Hector, bred by Philip Lynch, Cavan, was sired by Cill Cormaic Orson and bred from a Grianan Firecracker grand-dam. Hector was purchased for €3300.

Carrick Hector was crowned Reserve Champion before selling for the second top price of €3300, photographed with breeder Philip Lynch and judge Adrian Bateman

There was success also for Glaslough Herefords by Nigel Heatrick, Monaghan. Nigel’s first lot into the ring; Glaslough Warrior, sired by a Gageboro Eugenic grandson and bred from a Ballyaville Ger dam, was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3100.

Glaslough Warrior sold for €3100, with breeder Nigel Heatrick.

The Heatrick’s second & final lot into the ring; Glaslough Wellington, also moved onto greener pastures when he sold for €2800. This December bull was sired by Ballyaville Ger and bred from Glaslough New Look.

Of the three bulls catalogued for sale from Ryanstown Herefords, only one was left for sale following good home trade for the herd. Ryanstown Copper, bred by Sean Ryan from Nenagh, sold for €3100 to a fellow Tipperary farmer. Copper was sired by Balleen Generator and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic grand-dam.

Ryanstown Copper sold for €3100, with breeder John Ryan.

There was also one heifer exhibited and sold on the day; Boyanna Sheila; sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Bowmont Storm grand-dam, was sold by Pat Lynch of Rossdelia Herefords, Clare to a Tipperary breeder.

Congratulations to all breeders and the very best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks are extended to the judge; Mr. Adrian Bateman, auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, Steward: Mr. Tommy Cregan, Philip and the staff of Central Auctions Nenagh and to Irish Hereford Prime for once again sponsoring this sale.

Hereford cross calves remain the favourites!

Hereford cross calves have remained one of the strong favourites in Irish marts this Spring and demand once again surged last week.

In Waterford Ross mart last Saturday, Hereford bull calves made from €120 upto €460 and Hereford heifers sold from €100 upto €285. For Hereford calves to make €460 at this stage of the year is a very good sign of the demand and saleability of these white head calves, especially when the tops received for continental calves was just €465 in comparison.

Herefords also saw a big lift in in Enniscorthy when Hereford bulls sold for a top price of €375. Hereford heifers sold for upto €315.

Hereford Show & Sale

Don’t miss the final Hereford Spring Show & Sale this Saturday in Central Auctions Nenagh. The show will be held at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm. There will be 31 bulls and 1 heifer offered for sale with all bulls being genotyped and sire verified.

Irish Hereford Prime are kindly sponsoring €200 towards any bull sold for over €2800!

Photo credit: Irish Hereford Prime

Young Handlers Workshop – Virginia – Sunday 29th May!

Next Gen Herefords are delighted to be involved in the mixed breed Young Handlers Workshop which is taking place this Sunday 29th May in the Virginia Show Centre from 2 – 5pm.

The event is open to all young persons aged between 10 and 22 years of age and obviously parents/guardians/family members are welcome to attend also.


The day will kick off at 2pm with doors opening at 1.30pm and will include various workshops including;

  • Cattle clipping & grooming with Allen Shortt, 
  • Products used for animal show preparation with Bartley Finnegan from Elite Pedigree Genetics,
  • Our very own Catherine Smyth, John Smyth & Elanor Reilly will demonstrate ringcraft and the art of showing,
  • There will be a stand on future education and agri careers
  • Social media workshop
  • FRS Jim Dockery will outline the importance of animal welfare and safety when transporting animals

There will be cattle and sheep on display on the day also with several breeds participating. 

The event is promised to be a great day all round – with something for everyone. There will also be a gift bag for every participant at the end.


Entry is free but pre-registration is essential by emailing;

If you have any questions or require any more info please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or by the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook or Instagram pages.