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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

Youth Workshop Balleen Herd

A sincere thank you to Tom Brennan and Family who hosted the event at their prizewinning Balleen Herd. Sincere thanks also to the well known Leo McEnroe who provided an enlightening experience for all those in attendance young and old. Leo has a wealth of knowledge and experience built up through several generations of McEnroe cattlemen.

Those in attendance came from a wide area and their presence is much appreciated. There is no doubt that all present gained much practical knowledge and advice and will hopefully put it into practise over the coming months at shows and sales. There were excellent prizes awarded and a very good entry in the stock judging competition.

An excellent BBQ of Irish Hereford Beef burgers was provided. The burgers part the LIDL Hereford range of cuts were sponsored by Slaney Foods processors of this quality beef. Eamonn Moulds (087 677 9567) representing Slaney Foods says that sales of the Hereford beef brand continue to grow week on week and that extra quality assured Hereford sired steers and heifers are required to meet demand.

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YOUTH WORKSHOP BALLEEN HERD

A sincere thank you to Tom Brennan and Family who hosted the event at their prizewinning Balleen Herd. Sincere thanks also to the well known Leo McEnroe who provided an enlightening experience for all those in attendance young and old. Leo has a wealth of knowledge and experience built up through several generations of McEnroe cattlemen.

6Those in attendance came from a wide area and their presence is much appreciated. There is no doubt that all present gained much practical knowledge and advice and will hopefully put it into practise over the coming months at shows and sales. There were excellent prizes awarded and a very good entry in the stock judging competition.

4An excellent BBQ of Irish Hereford Beef burgers was provided. The burgers part the LIDL Hereford range of cuts were sponsored by Slaney Foods processors of this quality beef. Eamonn Moulds (087 677 9567) representing Slaney Foods says that sales of the Hereford beef brand continue to grow week on week and that extra quality assured Hereford sired steers and heifers are required to meet demand.

Demand Outstrips Supply at Breaney Herd Dispersal

Spirited bidding throughout the sale ensured a full clearance in record time with a top price of 4,100 and an overall average just a tenner under 2,500 for the cows, heifers and stock bull on offer.

Given current interest in the Hereford breed it was no surprise that there was a packed ringside from the off at Granard mart for The Breaney Hereford Herd dispersal. The herd on offer represented a lifetimes toil and endeavour by Henry and Kathleen Tynan, Breaney, Ardagh, Co Longford. Reluctantly offered for sale due to ill health and advancing years the stock have now found new homes at various destinations from south Tipperary to Donegal.

The herd carefully developed over the years through the use of the best bulls available through AI and natural service. Stock from the herd has been successfully exhibited at Society sales and at local shows and more recently direct from the farm to repeat customers. The successful Dovea AI bull Breaney Sam is possibly the best known from the herd. On offer were good honest, solid cattle offering potential to existing and new entrants to the breed.

Breaney Kim top price @ 4,100 purchaser William Kennedy
Breaney Kim top price @ 4,100 purchaser William Kennedy

The evening’s top price of 4,100 was paid for a well-made young cow Breaney Kim. Five months pregnant with her second calf she is by Ballyaville Wally a Gageboro Burly son and out of Breaney Gillian a Churchill Storm daughter. The purchaser was William Kennedy, Coolatubber, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.

Nelson McCrabbe who has in recent times been selectively putting together a nice herd Demesne, Raphoe, Co Donegal purchased an additional four females for his Ardstewart herd. These included Breaney Marisa a Gageboro Horatio daughter out of Breaney Heidi by Ballyaville Wally. The breeding goes back on the sire side to Bishophill General and Gageboro Suave two of the most successful Hereford sires to stand at Enfield AI. Mr McCrabbe took out several interested parties to secure this very promising maiden heifer at 3,700. He had earlier purchased her dam Heidi which has had three calves to date and is currently scanned seven months in calf at 2,600.Breanry Leticia an in calf heifer by Ballyaville Wally out of Churchill Storm daughter Breaney Daisy was purchased at 2,850 while the in calf Breaney Laura again by Wally out of Breaney Hilda by the homebred Breaney Don a Churchill Storm son at 2,550completed his purchases to average 2,925 for the four females.

New entrant to the breed Richard Lalor, Lisrough, Clonmel secured two females. Breaney Gillian a Churchill Storm daughter and dam of the 4,100 top priced cow Breaney Kim with her four month old heifer calf Niamh at foot by stock bull Grianan Krusader was a snip at 2,800. Mr Lalor also purchased Breaney Gina an SNS Generator 28X daughter out of Breaney Daisy scanned five months in calf at 2,550.

Other sales included Breaney Katelyn a rising four year old cow by Wally out of Breaney Dorothy to James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co Carlow at 2,500 and Breaney Leah again a Wally daughter and seven months in calf heifer at 2,500 to James Brady, Clonleam, Delvin, Co Westmeath.

The majority of cows and heifers were running with or in calf to the well-bred, three year old stock bull Grianan Krusader a bull of tremendous length and substance by Grianan Highflyer ET a GH Neon 17N son bred by T & A Fitzgerald. With several interested parties he was purchased by Peter Lalor, Mounttelier, Bohernabreena, Co Dublin when the hammer dropped at 3050.

Following the sale Society auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill stated that given the quality of stock on offer and the number of active customers his job was made very easy. He went on to state that demand for Hereford sired stock at GVM Kilmallock where he sells each Monday has reached an all-time high drawing new customers to the venue from as far away as Wexford.

The Society will offer all stock from the Lislaughtin Herd for sale on farm for the Fitzell Family at Ballylongford, Co Kerry on Saturday August the 30th at 1.00pm

 Part of the large crowd in attendance at the opening of the Breaney Dispersal by Society Auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill

Part of the large crowd in attendance at the opening of the Breaney Dispersal by Society Auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill
Last animal into the ring Stock bull Grianan Krusader sells at 3,050 to Peter Lalor
Last animal into the ring Stock bull Grianan Krusader sells at 3,050 to Peter Lalor

180th Mullingar Show

Judge: Eric Humphreys

Champion:  Baltymore Rodge 408 owner Coote Geelan

Reserve Champion: Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy owner Christine Drumm

Champion Baltymore Rodge with owner Coote Geelan
Champion Baltymore Rodge 408 with owner Coote Geelan
Reserve  Champion Mullingar Kilsunny Doreen's Ivy with owner Christine Drumm
Reserve Champion Mullingar Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy with owner Christine Drumm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hereford Cow in calf or with calf at foot.

  1. Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy, s. Ballyaville Caradock, d. Kilsunny Doreen’s Fairy. Owner: Christine Drumm
  2. Ballymartin Honey, s Gageboro Caesar, d. Ballymartin Eireann. Owner: J & J Canty
  3. Grianan Orange H 491, s. Churchill Storm, d. Grianan Ulrika. Owner: Coote Geelan
1st prizewinner Corran Hill Annabell with Colin Anderson
1st prizewinner Corran Hill Annabell with Colin Anderson

Hereford Heifer born on or between 1st Jan ’13 and 30th Sep ‘13

  1. Corran Hill Annabelle, s. Parkhill Pompeii, d. Corran Hil Tara. Owner: Colin Anderson
  2. Newland Val, s. Bowmont Storm, d. Castledaly Bid. Owner: Hugh Peter Murray
  3. Lough Rynn 1 Sadie 409, s. Kye Rodge 553, d. Lough Rynn 1 Sadie 2nd. Owner: Coote Geelan
  4. Portanob Julia, s. Ardmulchan Goodman owner: J & J Canty

Hereford Bull born on or between 1st Jan’13 and 30th Sep ‘13

  1. Baltymore Rodge 408, s. Kye Rodge 553, d. Baltymore Francis.  Owner: Coote Geelan
  2. Cavehill Storm, s. Bowmont Storm, d. Fancroft Promise. Owner: Padraig Farrell
  3. Moyclare Lunar, s. Brocca Savour, d. Moyclare Pansy 3rd. Owner: Michael Molloy
  4. Rockbrook Martin, s. Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic, d. Creaghpoll 1 Lila. Owner: Mary Finnegan
  5. Ardnagross Ray, s. Trillick Ranger, d. Ardnogross Rosie. Owner: Thomas Plunkett

Hereford Bull born after 1st Jan 2014

  1. Ardmulchan Krusader, s. Grianan Emperor, d. Ballymartin Hilary. Owner: Philip Smyth
  2. Crowenstown Charlie, s. Glaslough Esquire, d. Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy. Owner: Christine Drumm
1st prizewinner Ardmulchan Clover 610 with Catherine Smyth
1st prizewinner Ardmulchan Clover 610 with Catherine Smyth

Hereford Heifer born on or after 1st Oct 2013

  1. Ardmulchan Clover 610, s. Grianan Emperor, d. Ardmulchan Clover 456. Owner: Philip Smyth
  2. Moyclare Rose 24th, s. Brocca Saviour, d. Moyclare Rose 3rd. Owner: Michael Molloy

Report & Pics: Willie Branagan