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Bandon Champion sells at €2,950

Herefords experienced very good demand at Bandon given expectations, were that the most severe spring for many years has dampened demand across the country. In a week that the Co-Ops, the farm organisations and the Minister for Agriculture Mr Michael Creed have agreed an emergency plan to import fodder for hard pressed producers there is obvious agreement that there is a crisis.

Whilst late growth and fodder supplies were an issue in 2013 the extended wet period since August last and early housing added to the additional burden of cold and extremely wet ground conditions and increased dairy stock levels have on this occasion multiplied the problems.

Champion Clyda Donncha with owner Ray Cronin receiving the Appelbe Trophy from Society President and judges Pat McCarthy and son Patrick

There was a larger than usual crowd in attendance though some were there to buy on the day a number were there to measure the demand. Some buyers were anxious to secure a bull but were keen to make arrangements not to take delivery for another week or two in the hopes that ground conditions will improve. Many breeders are amenable to such an arrangement having a clear understanding of their customer’s dilemma.

The Champion Clyda Donacha was bred by John Cronin, Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Mallow whose son Ray exhibited him. Sired by the Dovea AI bull Moyclare Lieutenant (YLO) the dam Clyda Summer is a daughter to another Dovea sire Kilsunny Goliath known for his thickness and easy fleshing.  At €2,950 he achieved the day’s top price.

Reserve Champion Island View Batty with owner Christy Mullins, handler John Lynch and judges Pat McCarthy ( IHBS President) and son Patrick

The Reserve Champion Island View Batty was exhibited by Christy Mullins, Droumnacoppil, Bantry. A Skehanore Woody son out of Droumdaniel Sally 8th he unfortunately remained unsold failing to reach his reserve on the day.

Others to impress included Furaleigh Rory 1077 bred and exhibited by Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Fermoy. Ted is a regular and very successful exhibitor at Bandon and saw his Border General  V85 son sell at €2,850.

Eugene Lynch and Family, Droumdaniel, Bantry secured €2,550 the eighteen month old Droumdaniel Barovsky a son of Droumdaniel Nicola 8th and by Allowdale Exceller. Gerard alaucey, Coachford another regular exhibitor at Bandon sold his Fortregal Donnacha at €2,450. Grancorepoll 1 Tim a Grousehall I Premier son exhibited by John O’Neill, Grancore North, Clonakilty was purchased at €2,400.

Overall breeders were very satisfied with the result on the day. It is clear from discussions around the ring that purchasers are very conscious of the premium of €60/€70 available for Hereford cross calves and of the substantial premium available at slaughter on finished animals for the Certified Hereford beef Schemes. Dairy farmers anticipate that Hereford bull prices will increase as the weather improves.

A large crowd watching the judging in progress at Bandon

Strong Demand for Hereford Continues in Kilmallock

Last Friday saw the IHBS host the second of it’s Autumn Show & Sale events in Kilmallock Co. Limerick. Weather conditions were in deter form again with very heavy fog affecting many exhibitors on the morning resulting in a delayed starting time, but things weren’t long getting in to full swing once the sale started. Bulls sold to a top of €4,200 and average of €2,420 with a 93% clearance, which equates to just two bulls unsold.

The top price for a bull was paid by Mr Oliver Cullinan, Tuber Co. Clare when he purchased Padraig mcGrath’s bull at €4,200. Sired by Free Town Hotspur this bull “Kye Knight 750” had great shape and length with the figures to match scoring 5 and 4 stars on the terminal and replacement indexes. Having been entered in the Premier Sale in Tullamore and failing to meet his reserve, it’s clear that Padraig made the correct decision in holding off until Kilmallock as he made approximately a €2,000 profit from the price he refused to take the previous Saturday.

Padraig McGrath with his first prize winner of the 3rd class, Kye Knight 750, which was sold for the highest price at the sale -> €4,200.

€2,850 was the next highest price at the sale, which was achieved by two Hereford members on the day. First in to the ring was Timothy Minogue with his bull Ryle Glen Deed born Jan 2016, followed shortly by Larkin’s bull Cill Cormaic Octavia, a home bred bull born April 2016 and sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln.

20171027_142557Timothy Minogue just after making the sale of his bull Ryle Glen Deed for €2,850

The Cill Cormaic Octavia bull that sold for €2,850 with owner David Larkin and Theresa Cunningham.

Birr_7948Theresa Cunningham preparing David Larkin’s bull “Cill Cormaic Osama”. 2nd prize winner in class 2 and sold for €2,700.

Champion at the event went to Mr Tom Brennans 20 month old bull Ballen Merlin, but unfortunately failed o meet his reserve.20171027_132454Owner Tom Brennan showing his Champion Bull Ballen Merlin.

Taking home the rosette for Reserve Champion at the show was Henry Stanley’s Cullaun Popeye, sired by Kye Storm 508 and sold for €2,800. Michael O’Keffee from Newmarket Co. Cork had his Hereford Bull Calf Champion from this year’s Nenagh Show on exhibition. With a star rating 4 and 5 stars for terminal and replacement indices and sired by Trillick Best, Michael’s bull “Gurteragh Rossa 699 ET” sold for €2,800 to Donal Curtin Temple from West Limerick.

GVM Irish Hereford Society Bull Show & Sale Oct 27th 2017Ladies day in Kilmallock. Theresa Cunningham, Sinead Conry, Catherine Smyth and Susan Dudley pictured with their bulls, all of which won a rosette in their classes.

20171027_132551Ladies to the fore at GVM Kilmallock. Catherine Smyth with her bull Ardmulchan Manager sold at €2,700 and Susan Dudley with Kilsunny Nixon sold at €2,400.

Our next Hereford event is our National Calf Show which will take place Sunday November 12th at GVM Auctioneers Tullamore.

Flight of the Phoenix at Tullamore

Last weekend saw the first of our Autumn Shows being held in Tullamore. Storm Brian made conditions miserable but that wasn’t enough to keep exhibitors from attending on the day. Weather did not deter purchasers bidding to a top price of €6,600 in the bull ring while the top priced heifer sold at €4,600.

Competition was tough with many strong bulls present at the event. The interest in the Hereford breed has continued to go from strength to strength each year. This year saw the breed establish itself as one of the main breeds at many of the summer shows throughout the country with many animals who had won various rosettes and sashes throughout the year present at the sale.

A large crowd was in attendance on the day for the event in Tullamore GVM Auctioneers with a number of new and potential members hoping to make a purchase and get their Hereford herd up and running.

Michael Molloy’s bull ‘Phoenix’ from the Moyclare herd upon entering the ring, quickly caught the attention of a number of potential buyers who wished to add this smashing sire to their herd. Bidding quickly took flight reaching €5,000 in minutes when the bidding battle dropped to just two hopeful buyers. It was Michael Hoey of Lusk, Co. Dublin who came out victorious when his final bid of €6,600 proved enough to secure the 16 month old bull. Moyclare Phoenix is sired by the  David Larkin bred bull Cill Cormaic Kasper (KZP) now standing at Dovea AI and out of the home bred Moyclare Rose 22nd herself having a had a formidable show career and out of a very successful maternal line.

Hereford breeder and friend of the Molloy family, Hugh P. Murray showing Mick’s Moyclare Phoenix at the event. Sold for €6,600.

The Reserve Bull Champion on the day came from the Grianan herd of Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald. Grianan Ranger, born in August last is sired by Grianan Freddy. This solid and attractive looking bull sold for €4,000 with John Ryan from County Tipperary becoming the new owner.

Reserve Bull Champion Grianan Ranger sold for €4,000. L – R: Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald, Gene & Owen Lynch (Judges), Pat McCarthy IHBS President.

Sean & Shane Kilrane of Mohill, exhibited Drumboy Jamie who was crowned Champion bull at the event providing the first major success at a premier sale for the Co. Leitrim breeders. This bull Drumboy Jamie was on exhibition at the Irish Hereford Society’s stand at the National Ploughing Championship this year where he caught the eye of many passer-by’s. He is sired by the very successful and well know bull Kilsunny Goliath (KSG) who is well renowned for producing champions throughout the country and across water. Tom Roycroft had his eye on him since the ploughing and became the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,650.

Shane and Sean Kilrane with their Champion bull ‘Drumboy Jamie’ that sold for €3,650 in Tullamore. IHBS President Pat McCarthy presenting them with the Bank of Ireland Cup.

K & M Diffley from Co. Leitrim had a smashing bull on show on the day. Duibhgiolla Grian, a 16 month old bull sired by Gageboro Morgan, a grand son to Gageboro Eugenic and a great grand son to Churchill Storm, it’s clear to see that the bloodlines don’t lie as a price of €3,800 was secured for the bull with Gerard & James Dowdall from Scrahan, Co. Waterford becoming the new owners.

Kevin Diffley with his 1st prizewinner ‘Duibhgiolla Grian’  sold at €3,800. Also in photo are father & son Gene & Owen Lynch, who judged the competition, and IHBS President Pat McCarthy.

Michael and Sinead Conry’s bull Rathnollag Lucky 790 was purchased by long time Hereford breeder James Thompson from Ballraggan, Rathvilly for €3,200. Scoring 4 & 5 stars for both the terminal and replacement indexes along with a calving difficulty of 2.2%, this tasty looking bull should fit well in his new herd.

Sinead Conry showing her bull ‘Rathnollag Lucky 790’ which was sold for €3,200.

Demand for heifers was back a little on this event last year however the top heifers continue to make headlines with John Appelbe’s 14 month old heifer Appel 1 Joy, sired by this year’s Hereford National Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman, sold for €4,600 the highest price for a female at the event, with Fellow rebel man and new Hereford breeder Michael Dullea of Deelish Hereford’s becoming the new owner.

The heifer that attracted a lot of interest from the crowd ‘Appel 1 Joy’ bred by John Appelbe and sold for €4,600 on the day to Mr. Michael Dullea.

Trevor Dudley’s sweet looking Heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia was awarded Reserve Female Champion and went on to sell for a very satisfactory €3,400. Cavan man Philip Lynch purchased the heifer and looks forward to incorporating some Kilsunny bloodlines in to his herd.

Susan Dudley with her Reserve Champion heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia that sold for €3,400. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in centre and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

The Female Championship was awarded to Padraig McGrath’s Kye Sunshine 722 which is in-calf to his 5 star stock bull Knoxlustre Twilight, who has a calving difficulty of 3.5%. Kye Sunshine will remain in the west of Ireland with her new owner Cathal Dolan from Carrigallen, County Leitrim.

IHBS President Pat McCarthy presents Padraig McGarth with the Bank Of Ireland Cup for his Champion Heifer ‘Kye Sunshine 722’ which was sold for €2,900. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in back and wife Catherine McGrath on right.

Other heifers to catch the eye were Riverrock Katie Bea exhibited by Tony Hartnett, Rockchapel. Sired by Grianan Justice out of Riverrock Ita, she sold to James Thompson to add to his female herd at €3, 300. T & A Fitzgerald’s Grianan Prim P 779 a daughter to Grianan Freddy out of Grianan Prim J 542 sold at €3050 to Pat Shanahan, Croagh, Co Limerick.

Richard Lalor with his extremely well put together bull ‘Rathkenty Okavango’ that won the first bull class and went on to sell for €2,500. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in center and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

Huge attendance at the event. “You wouldn’t get turning a sweet in your mouth” – Quote of the day from our auctioneer Mr. Hugh Mulvihill. 

Our next Autumn Show & Sale is in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick this Friday the 27th of October.

51 bulls and 9 females including an executors sale of the Currabeg Herd for the late Owen O’Neill, Ballincollig, Co Cork .

Here’s a look at a few of the top prices on the day.


Certified Irish Hereford Beef for Lidl US Supermarket Shelves

Slaney Foods International, based in Bunclody Co. Wexford, is celebrating after landing a deal to supply premium speciality Certified Irish Hereford beef to stores in the United States. The deal, facilitated due to their relationship with Lidl Ireland, was actively supported by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

                                                                                                                                                                            Rory Fanning, Managing Director for Slaney Foods International adds:
“Our partnership with Lidl Ireland is very special in terms of the leverage to develop new markets for our product. On a weekly basis we export to Lidl Denmark and we will have lines on the shelves of Lidl in Sweden, Belgium, Slovenia, Romania Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic this summer. Our relationship grew from humble beginnings, but Lidl was quick to spot the potential to further develop one of Ireland’s premium food products, grass fed Irish beef. We’ve been very grateful for the support from Lidl, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture in helping open up the U.S. market to us and we look forward to the American consumer getting a taste of premium grass fed Irish beef.”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, commented; “This is an exciting time in the journey of Irish beef in the USA from initial access for primal cuts in 2015, to access for manufacturing beef in 2016 and the commencement of trade in manufacturing beef earlier this year. As Lidl starts the process of opening stores in the USA, today’s launch of Irish Beef to the retail market marks another key step in this journey. I would also like to pay testament to the great work being done by Slaney meats and their own focus and commitment to quality, sustainability and producing premium grass fed Irish beef.”

Bord Bia CEO Tara Mc Carthy congratulated Lidl on its confidence to bring the new taste of sustainably produced Irish beef from Slaney meats to U.S. customers.
“ I am delighted that Lidl is illustrating its confidence in sustainably produced Quality Assured Irish beef in this most tangible way.  Lidl Ireland as a verified member of Origin Green and as a significant exporter of Irish food and drink is a committed stakeholder of the Irish food industry.
The Slaney US announcement is an exciting new chapter in our relationship with the group.

The Irish Hereford Society congratulates Minister Michael Creed, Bord Bia, Lidl, Slaney Foods and all involved in this exciting new venture and wishes every success to Lidl on its entry to the US market and on its massive new headquarters in Arlington. This past Thursday, German supermarket brand ‘Lidl’ opened their first 7 stores in the Carolinas, including in North Carolina’s Kinston, Greenville, Sanford, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem, and South Carolina’s Spartanburg and Greenville. Lidl now has several new stores under construction around the Charlotte area, including in South End, Rock Hill, and Mooresville. In total, the company plans to open at least 100 stores across the East Coast by the end of 2018, creating over 5,000 new jobs.

Pictured at a recent meeting at Lidl Irelands very impressive new headquarters at Tallagh are sitting Willie Branagan, Chairman Irish Hereford Soc., Liam Casey, Comercial Director Lidl Irl, with standing L to R  Rory Fanning, Managing Director Slaney Foods Int., Larry Feeney IHBS and Enda Rabbit, IHBS.

A key component of the success of Certified Irish Beef in addition to those mentioned is the commitment and integrity of its farmer producers and also the dedication of Irish Hereford Breed Society members and cattle breeders who supply the genetics which ultimately contain the magic formula to produce great tasting beef that satisfies the taste buds.

Certified Irish Hereford Beef – Natural Cattle for Natural Beef



The final Hereford Spring sale went out with a bang as a 100% of animals were sold, with some impressive prices achieved on the day. The average price was just shy of €3,000 with a price range of €2,200 – €4,000.

Well known Hereford breeders Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald brought home the champion sash for their bull Grianan Prince. This 4 star terminal bull is bred by Grianan Freddy who produced a number of animals that were very successful around the shows last year. Local Nenagh man Michael McLoughlin became the new owner when he placed his final bid at €3,500.

Champion Grianan Prince sold for €3,500, bred by T & A Fitzgerald Mount Temple Moate. Breeder Anselm Fitzgerald, Moate, Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President) Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge).

Philip and Catherine Smyth took second place when their bull Ardmulchan Magic was crowned Reserve Champion. This bull is out of the well known UK bull Church Preen Galileo who has had a great deal of success across the water winning best bull under 2 years old and Reserve Champion at the National Show, Tenbury and Senior Male Champion at the National Calf Show in Bristol 2010.

Reserve Champion Ardmulchan Magic sold for €2,500 with breeder Catherine Smyth, Navan,  Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge) and Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President).

Roscommon man William Kennedy returned to Ballyforan with a heavy wallet as he brought home a total of €9,300 for his 3 bulls. Willie’s 16 month old bull, Feevaghmore Las Vegas was responsible for almost half the purse as he sold for €4,000 the highest price of the sale. This very stylish 16 month old sire, a son of the very successful Haven Kingpin, has a 5 star rating for both the terminal and replacement indexes’ along with an impressive calving difficulty value of 3.4%, which is lower than the breed average.

Top price bull Feevaghmore Las Vegas sold for €4,000 with breeder Willie Kennedy, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.

James Thompson from the very successful herd of Ballyraggan Herefords, Co. Carlow received the next highest price on the day for his bull Ballyraggan Pioneer 839th selling at €3,800. Sired by Ballyaville Fine Tune who is a son of Hollow Point Broker this bull scored 5 stars for terminal, docility and carcass weight.

Longford man JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords was another exhibitor who grabbed the attention of a number of buyers when it came to selling his bull Trillick Senior. This attractive sire scored 4 and 5 stars for the termianal and replacement index. Trillick Senior certainly took after his father, Free Town Hotspur who is recognised for his easy calving at 1.9%, with Trillick Senior scoring a value of 3.5%.Trillick Senior sold for €3,750 with breeder JJ Farrell, Co. Longford.

The society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matt Malone on his retirement. We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication through the years, we wish him all the best.

Presentation by IHBS Chairman Willie Branagan & President Liam Philpott to Matt Malone as a mark of appreciation by the society on the retirement of Matt Malone as GM.

An all Breed Event will be on the Saturday of the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (June 3rd).

It’s guaranteed to be a great day out with all aspects of animal showing discussed on the day.

Covering topics such as;
– Animal nutrition & health
– Healthy and safety
– Animal selection & training
– Grooming & showmanship

Starting at 10am in Tullamore mart.