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Gurteragh horned & Dominarigle polled production Sale 2021

Michael O’Keeffe held a very successful production sale of Hereford females and embryos in Kanturk mart on Saturday 5th June 2021. Michael presented 40+ Pedigree females and embryos for sale on the day from his Gurteragh horned herd and Dominarigle polled herd, including 17 Autumn calving cows, 9 in-calf heifers, 10 maiden heifers and 5 weanling heifer.

The sale was a great success with the top price of the day flying in at €4300 for a three-year-old Gurteragh Oakley 652 daughter; Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET. This smashing cow was bred from one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney 611 which was a Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney daughter. This Four Star Replacement Index cow is also in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in October.

Maiden heifer; Dominarigle 1 Rosalyn 881 ET was sold for the second top price of the day at €3300. Born in December 2019, this Four Star replacement heifer is a half sister to Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET who sold for €4300 and sired by Gurteragh Justice ET.

It was a horned heifer who topped the price for In-calf heifers when Gurteragh Marigold 816 was sold to Clare for €2800. This stylish heifer was sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 ET and bred from an F.H Noel Dam. Marigold has a Four Star Replacement rate as well as being in calf to Balleen Bonus and due this month.

Gurteragh Alexandra 693 ET was purchased by a Tipperary farmer for €2700. This five-year-old cow is a Moyclare Lieutenant daughter, due to calve in August and carrying to Gurteragh Oakley. This cow’s dam; Gurteragh Fantasy is also the dam of Gurteragh Aristocrat, who sold for €3700 at the Premier Spring Hereford Sale in Tullamore in March 2019 to a breeder in Northern Ireland.

Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in August, was sold on the day for €2550. Sired by Balleen Bonus, this super cow is a daughter of one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney and her grand dam; Corlismore 1 Sydney was the top priced cow at the Gurteragh & Dominarigle Herd Sale back in 2015.

Top price on the day for weanling heifers was €2050 for a polled heifer; Dominarigle 1 Lyra 925. Lyra was purchased by a Hereford breeder from Cork. Lyra is a daughter of Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, who sold for €2550 and sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 Et. With a Five Star Replacement Rate, Lyra was bred from a Dominarigle 1 Sydney dam.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michael on the running of a very successful sale and wish him all the best going forward. Well done and the very best of luck also to all purchasers.

€3500 tops the trade at Kilkenny May bull sale

Mervyn & Henry Parr of Tourtane Herefords, Kilkenny had a very successful day at the Kilkenny Multi-breed bull sale last Wednesday. Tourtanepoll 1 Ryan 1197, born in November 2019, was bred from Kye Harry 789. With a Four Star Terminal Index and a low calving difficulty of 2.3%, Ryan was sold to a Waterford farmer for €3500, the top price for Herefords on the day.

Tourtanepoll 1 Ryan 1197 sold for €3500.

Balleen Herefords also had great success when the hammer dropped on €3000 for Balleen Rollercoaster. Rollercoaster, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny, was born in February 2020. This young bull is a 3/4 brother of Balleen Val (now standing in Dovea AI station) and along with having a Four Star Replacement Index – has a low calving difficulty of just 1.3% on beef cows & 4% on heifers, below the average.

The average price from the Hereford bull sale was €2475 with almost all of the bulls presented for sale being sold on the day.

€3900 tops the Nenagh May Hereford Sale

The final Irish Hereford Breed Society Bull sale for Spring 2021 was held last Saturday in Nenagh mart. There were a large number of entries with 49 bulls catalogued, however the strong demand for Hereford bulls that has been seen consistently this Spring along with strong home sales left many of the bulls being sold previous to the sale.

There was over 50% clearance rate on the day & the average price paid out was just shy of €2500 at €2479.

The top of the town was earned by Moyclare Seamus, bred by Michael Molloy of Moyclare Herefords, Offaly, who sold for €3900 to a Kerry Dairy Farmer. Born October 2019, Seamus was sired by Church Hill Nigel and holds a Five Star Terminal & Five Star Replacement Index as well as having Five Stars for Carcase Weight & Carcase Conformation.

Moyclare Seamus sold for €3900.

It was a successful day for new breeder; Michael Browne, of Gortacullin Herefords, Clare, who brought out Gortacullin Donald for the breeders first day at the sales. Donald, born October 2019 & bred from Gurteragh Maximus and Balleen Molly 1015, has a 2.5% easy calving index as well as Four Star Replacement rate . Donald sold for €2700.

Gortacullin Donald sold for €2700

Kieran Noonan of Double Tree Herefords, Cork also sold Double Tree Pete for €2700 to a fellow Cork dairy farmer. Pete was born in October 2019 & is a Trillick Best son as well as being bred from a milky fertile FH Noel cow. Pete has a Five Star Terminal & Replacement Index.

Double Tree Pete sold for €2700

There was a double success for West Cork breeder; John Cahalane, of Droumgarriffe Herefords, who went home with an empty trailer after selling both of his bulls entered for sale. Lot 6 – Droumgarriffe Lucky, born August 2019 & bred from Allowdale Rory 594, has a Five Star Terminal & a Four Star Replacement index with Five stars across the board for Carcase weight & conformation. This fertility tested bull sold to a local Tipperary farmer for €2600.

Droumgarriffe Lucky sold for €2600

Garriffe 1 Miah was also sold to a Galway herd for €2600. Miah, born August 2019 & bred from Cill Cormaic Kapser & from a Kilsunny Goliath dam, has a Five Star Replacement & a Four Star Terminal Index as well as being fertility tested also.

Garriffe 1 Miah sold for €2600

The Society would like to wish all purchasers the best of luck with their bulls from all of the Society sales this Spring & wish all breeders the best of luck for the remainder of the season. The Society would also like to thank Irish Hereford Prime for their support & for sponsoring each of the Spring sales.

Why use a Hereford bull as a breeding sire?

Father and son partnership Kieran and Cathal O’Sullivan on the family farm at Mizen Head, Co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle
Father and son partnership Kieran and Cathal O’Sullivan on the family farm at Mizen Head, Co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle

First introduced into Ireland in 1775, the Hereford has become a popular breeding option on these shores because it has the temperament, quality and performance to suit Irish conditions and tastes.

It has proven to be particularly popular breed with many dairy farmers. To find out more, we spoke to Kieran O’Sullivan and his son Cathal, who farm in Goleen in south west Cork and use Hereford genetics as the beef breed of choice on their Friesian dairy herd.

ularly popular breed with many dairy farmers. To find out more, we spoke to Kieran O’Sullivan and his son Cathal, who farm in Goleen in south west Cork and use Hereford genetics as the beef breed of choice on their Friesian dairy herd.

They use Friesian genetics on half their herd to ensure that they are getting enough replacements and use Hereford sires on their remaining cows.

Easy calving

Kieran points out that Herefords are known for their easier calving, they put less strain on a dairy cow and they have a shorter gestation period than most other breeds.

“There are a lot of other good beef breeds out there but some of them are not good for the dairy cow because number one, their gestation period is too long and you’re losing days of the cow milking,” explains Kieran. “Also, you can’t be sure if you will have a calving difficulty with them. If a cow has a difficult calving, that means that the cow is affected for the rest of her lactation.”

Early maturing and high performance

Another advantage is the early maturing and high performance of Herefords on forage-based diets. With farmers looking to reduce farm costs, one way to do so is to remove the need for a second winter and subsequent housing costs on beef farms.

According to the IFJ THRIVE Programme results last autumn, 64pc of Hereford steers finished off grass compared to just 30pc for other breeds. Most strikingly 80pc of Hereford heifers were finished before the second winter. This can provide significant savings on both housing and feeding costs.

“Herefords are a good all-round breed and if they get reasonably good management from the calf stage onwards, they do quite well and they finish off easily,” adds Kieran.

“When you compare them to other beef breeds, they would finish a lot quicker. When they’re coming off the Friesian cow, they usually have a bigger frame and they come into a good mature animal. You get a combination of both things – they finish fast and also come into a good carcass weight at the end.”

High quality meat

Herefords are a popular choice due to the excellent meat eating quality they provide. Meat Technology Ireland, in conjunction with ICBF and Teagasc have been carrying out trials over the last five years looking at the effects of breed on the tenderness, flavour and juiciness of beef. The Hereford breed was ranked most consistent for both tenderness and flavour against 11 other breeds.

Great demand for calves

Hereford calves can attract great prices and Kieran points out “that demand has remained consistently high over the number of years since we started selling calves, the Hereford calf is very stable all the time. There’s always a demand for them.”

Hereford bulls produce top quality whitehead calves. Excellent calf prices have been recorded again this spring, with Hereford calves consistently making upwards of €300 per head.


Another advantage of the Hereford breed is their good temperament and their ease of management.

“They are also a very docile animal. Very easy to handle, whereas other breeds can be more highly-strung and require more management.”

He adds that they are a hardy breed that can adapt to many conditions.

A great all-rounder

In Kieran’s experience, using a Hereford bull has proven to have multiple benefits and it’s something he would recommend to other farmers.

“We breed Herefords here because of our experience over the years, from the point of view of finishing them out as cattle, they were easily managed, they were cattle that gave you a good carcass weight at the end, and they were also not hard on the dairy cow. That’s probably their biggest bonus. You have a combination of all those things.”

Final Hereford Bull Sale of the Season

The next Irish Hereford Bull sale is in Nenagh Mart this Saturday, May 15 with 49 bulls entered.

Irish Hereford Prime will be sponsoring €250 towards the buyers of each bull sold for €3000 or over!

Catalogues are available by clicking HERE or by contacting the IHBS office for a hard copy by calling 044 9348855 and/or e-mailing

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Calf Trade remains strong with no lack of demand for Hereford sired calves.

Carnaross Mart

There was close to 700 head of calves entered into Carnaross Mart’s ring for the bank holiday Monday sale held this week.

Manager Jimmy O’Reilly stated:

“The Hereford calf is proving to command a good trade and both bulls and heifers were ranging from prices of €180/head up to highs of €455/head for a strong Hereford bull.”

Bandon Mart

Speaking this week to Agriland about the trade of calves, mart manager Sean Dennehy explained:

“Hereford bulls were generally selling at €135-275/head, with prices peaking at €450/head”.

“Hereford heifer calves were selling at €110-225/head – with prices for these fetching up to €340/head”.

Ennis & Kilrush Marts

At Ennis mart on Tuesday , Martin McNamara reported that calves met a strong trade with Hereford calves making from €150/head up to €375/head.

At Kilrush Mart on Wednesday, calf prices also seemed to be holding their own with Hereford calves making from €135/head up to €365/head.

*** Above article & Photo accredited to Michael carey, Calf Trade Article, Agriland, dated 07/05/2021***

Hereford calves were up €9 /Head this week again with the average price across the board for Hereford bulls being €220 & for heifers €178 respectively – *** Declan Marren, Irish Farmers Journal online, dated 05/05/2021***