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Next Gen Herefords Youth Competition 2022 continues to be a success!

Next Gen Herefords held their second annual Youth Competition in GVM Tullamore on Friday 18th November as part of the Hereford event incorporating the National Hereford Calf Show & the Genetic Gems.

The weekend kicked off on Friday 18th November with the Next Gen Herefords Youth Competition which saw 42 young handlers competing in three age categories; Junior, Intermediate & Senior. The event incorporated a Young Handlers Competition whereby each young handler showed an animal. The competition was judged by Mr. Sean McEnroe from Liss Angus, Meath. There was also an IMF scanning demo during the evening and an informative talk and demo from local veterinary surgeon; Janet Lewis. Many thanks to the facilitators for giving up their time and sharing their expertise with the groups. Many thanks also to the Deverell family for supplying cattle for the IMF scanning demo.

Competition winners;


1st: Aveen Curtin

Judge Sean McEnroe with Aveen Curtin

2nd: Aine Heffernan

Judge Sean McEnroe with Aine Heffernan

3rd: John Cregan

Judge Sean McEnroe with John Creegan


1st: Saoirse Kenny

Judge Sean McEnroe with Saoirse Kenny

2nd: Clodagh McCaffrey

Judge Sean McEnroe with Clodagh McCaffrey

3rd: Liam O’Reilly

Judge Sean McEnroe with Liam O’Reilly


1st: Mark Hyland

Judge Sean McEnroe with Mark Hyland

2nd: Neil Twomey

Judge Sean McEnroe with Neil Twomey

3rd: Brian Duignan

Brian Duignan


As with all great events there were great sponsors behind this competition. Many thanks are extended to Clippers Ireland who sponsored an Egro Pro Cattle Clippers which was awarded to the Senior first Prize winner and the a Dual Motor Blower which was awarded to first prize winner in the Intermediate section. Clippers Ireland also provided four handy trimmers which were awarded to second and third prize winners in the Intermediate and Senior section.

Another generous sponsor of the event was Animal Farmacy who sponsored three Junior Showkits to the first, second and third prize winners of the Junior group.

To ensure each competitor received a token for participating, each Senior entrant received a voucher for AI Breed Improvement straws, each Intermediate entrant received a Metal Halter and each Junior entrant received merchandise from Farm Wardrobe.

Guess the Weight

There was a Guess the Weight draw held on the night also. Many thanks to Niall & Lisa Daly for providing and weighing two cattle for this activity. There were three separate draws held for the Intermediate group, the Senior group and the General Public.

Congratulations to the winners; Joint Intermediate winners, Tara Drumm & Anna Losty, Senior winner, Kieran Power and Eoghan O’Connor also. Each winner received a nose clip and clipper blades as provided by Clippers Ireland also. The combined weight of the two cattle was 920kgs.

Irish Hereford Charity Calf Rearing Programme

To cap the evening off, there was a parade of Hereford cross calves that are being reared by Hereford breeders across the country in aid of local charities. The calves were a credit to their young handlers as they were in top condition and turned out extremely well. These calves are a great advertisement for what the Hereford cross calf bred from a dairy cow can do for the farmer on the ground. Each of the calves returned home with their rearer after the event where they will be kept until next Autumn and sold in their local marts for their chosen charities. There will be continued updates on the Next Gen Herefords social media channels as the stories of these Hereford cross cattle progress.

Hereford Heifer Raffle

The Next Gen Herefords committee held their raffle at 3pm on Saturday – just ahead of the Genetic Gems Sale.

Congratulations to the winners;

1st Prize: Hereford Heifer donated by Lynch Family – James Thompson

2nd Prize: Balleen Embryo sponsored by Tom Brennan – Tom Eaton

3rd Prize: Dinner for two at FIRE Steakhouse & Bar sponsored by Irish Hereford Prime – Marian O’Herlihy

Thanks to all who supported the raffle and purchased tickets on the day and in the run upto the weekend in Tullamore. Thanks also to the Lynch family of Droumdaniel Herefords, Cork, Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords & Irish Hereford Prime for sponsoring these amazing prizes. The total amount of money raised from the raffle has been totted up and is a staggering €5300!

The Next Gen Herefords Committee are shocked and humbled by this figure and the amount raised and wish to extend their gratitude and appreciation. Given the large amount of money raised the committee are delighted to make two charitable donations to two very worthy causes; they will be donating €750 to the Air Ambulance Service and €750 to Cancer Research in Ireland. Many thanks again!

National Hereford Calf Show

The following day, Saturday 19th November saw the hosting of the National Hereford Calf Show. This show was hugely supported with 100 calves catalogued and nearly 90 exhibiting on the day. There was good competition across all classes which made for an interesting show for breeders and a tough job for the judges; Mr. Steve Edwards from the UK judged the Pedigree Hereford classes and Mr. Nigel Heatrick from Glaslough Herefords, Monaghan judged the DBI & Commercial class. There was hot contest for the Overall Female and the Overall Male Championship but in the end North Leinster took home both titles. Phil & Catherine Smyth from Meath won the Moocall Senior Female Championship and the Overall Female Championship with Ardmulchan Clover 938. Michael Molloy from Offaly won the Dectomax Junior Hereford Male Champion & the Overall Male Champion with Moyclare Vidal 2.

Supreme Female Champion Ardmulchan Clover 938 with breeder Catherine Smyth & IHBS President Adrian Bateman
Supreme Male Champion: Moylcare Vidal 2 with breeder Michael Molloy, Judge Steve Edwards & IHBs President Adrian Bateman

Genetic Gems

The weekend was closed off with the Genetic Gems sale which saw new records broken as Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette, by Matthew Goulding, sold for €22000 to Cork breeder Kieran Mariga of Lighthouse Herefords. The hammer fell at €11000 for the half share with the breeder and purchaser later agreeing to sell both shares of Ravette for €22000, smashing the 2021 record of €9000. The majority of the lots on the day were sold and there were excellent prices achieved with the average price resting at €6070.

Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette sold for €22000

Thank you to all the volunteers & organisers, to GVM Tullamore for facilitating the event, to the DAFM for facilitating the movement certs, to Willie McElroy for taking the photos, the judges on both days; Mr. Sean McEnroe, Mr. Steve Edwards and Mr. Nigel Heatrick, to John Lynch for facilitating over the weekend, to the Deverell family & Daly family for providing cattle, to all the generous sponsors, to all the exhibitors who attended, to all the spectators, to Irish Hereford Prime for providing vouchers, facilitating cattle for the various activities & also providing practical support during the event and to the Next Gen Herefords Committee for making the youth event happen successfully; Sinead Conry, Catherine Smyth, Michael Barrett & Eoin Lynch!

Congratulations also to all young handlers, calf show exhibitors and sellers and purchasers of the Genetics Gems.

We look forward to hosting more events & activities in the New Year & meeting everyone again soon!

€5,500 Coralstown Hurricane Tops Tullamore Premier sale

On October 15th, The Irish Hereford Autumn premier show and sale took place at GVM Tullamore. Phillip and Laura Vincent, owners of the well renowned Pulham Hereford herd in South Norfolk, were tasked with the tough job of presiding over the judging at the Premier Hereford show.
A fantastic atmosphere resulted from the commendably high quality of stock turned out on the day, which made the judging very challenging for the English pair, securing the male and female championships even more prized for the breeders.

The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to say a huge thank you to Irish Hereford Prime for continuing to support the sale by providing €250 to the purchasers of each bull that sold for €3,000 or more.

The first class of the day was for bulls born between the 29th of October 2020 and the 28th of February 2021. The top spot in this class went to Coralstown Hurricane, who later went on to be crowned Male Champion. Coralstown Hurricane, bred by Enda and Colin Burke of Coralstown Herefords, Co. Westmeath also topped the trade selling to Country Crest Farms for €5,500. It was a day to remember for the father and son duo as it was their first time exhibiting at a premier sale. This bull was sired by Trillick George & was bred from a Trillick Snazzy dam.

Second prize in this class went to Michael and Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Co. Roscommon, the father and daughter duo kicked off the sale in good fashion with their January 2021 born bull Rathnollag Buster. Buster being one of the first bulls into the ring started the sale with a bang. Sired by Trillick Hotspur & bred from a Castleroberts Stephanie dam, the hammer fell for Buster at €3,400.

The second class of the day went to Griananpoll 1 Vegas for T&A Fitzgerald of Grianan Herefords in Co.Westmeath. They had a very successful day, taking home a total of €7,000 for their two bulls. Born in March 2021, Griananpoll 1 Vegas was the first bull to reach €4,000 after winning his class earlier that morning. Vegas is 5-star replacement and 4-star for carcase weight. He is sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine ET and is going back to a Dendor 1 Greta 31st dam. Vegas was purchased by a pedigree breeder in Northern Ireland. The Fitzgeralds other bull at the sale, Grianan Wildfire sold for €3,000. Wildfire is sired by Pute Nascar N13 and is going back to a Grianan Cooperobin 712 dam.

Alan Gibbons of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon with Mullaghey 1 Tom 4 secured second place in Class 2. Mullaghey 1 Tom 4 is sired by Knockglass Donald and was bred from a Grousehallpoll 1 Premier ET dam. Tom 4 went on to sell for €3,000 in the ring. Third in the class went to Ardstewart Gunner owned by Nelson and Wade McCrabbe from Co. Donegal and later sold for €3,000.

The third class of the day was for bulls born between the 26th of June and the 30th of September 2021. Taking top spot in this class was Eamon and John Mc Kiernan with their bull Knockmanta 1 Major 2. Major 2 went one step further and was also tapped out as reserve male champion. This July born 2021 bull was sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star and is out of a Knockmanta 1 Jessica 3 dam. The hammer fell at €3,000 for Major 2 who boasted a 5- star replacement and 4- star terminal index.

Hitting €4,000 was the youngest bull in the sale Mountwilliams Pogba for Aidan Farrell of Mountwilliams Herefords in Co. Westmeath. Pogba is a September 2021 born bull, sired by Butlerstown Duke and going back to a Mountwilliams Iris ET dam. Pogba boasts 5-stars for replacement and has a calving ease figure that is lower than the breed average.


Class one in the female section went to Loughglas 1 Wanda for Nigel Heatrick Co. Monaghan. This November 2020 born heifer was sired by Clooncullane Major 343 and went on to sell for €2,800. Second in the class went to Kye Rosie 933, a Pullham Ranger daughter for Padraig McGrath, and later went on to sell for €2,650. Third in the class went to Nigel Heatrick with Glasslough Wendy, Wendy was a July 2020 heifer and sold for €2,400.

The second heifer class of the day saw Lios Breacpoll 1 Patricia placed first in her class and was also tapped out as female champion on the day. This stylish heifer was bred by John and Enda Flynn from Newtownforbes, Co. Longford. Patricia is a July 2021 born heifer, sired by Fabb 1 Northern star going back to a Grianan Orange T868 cow. Patricia went on to make the highest female price of the day at €4,900.
Second place and reserve champion went to Kye Ger 965 from Padraig Mc Grath, Elphin Co Roscommon. The September 2021 heifer is sired by Pulham Ranger and out of a Kye Ger 749 dam. The hammer fell at €2,700 for Ger 965.Third in the class went to Aughakil 1 Pumpkin from Kenton Crowe Co. Leitrim who later went on to sell for €2,450

Crowenstown Prettymaid 3 was also a top attraction as she sold for the second highest price of the day at €3,300 to a Cork herd. Bred by the Drumm family of Delvin Co. Westmeath, the February 2021 heifer was sired by Mawarra Sentimental ET1 HYF and bred from an Allowdale Prettymaid 557 daughter. Prettymaid 3 has a 5-star rating for replacement, carcass weight, carcass confirmation, daughter milk and daughter calving interval.
Congratulations to all buyers and sellers on a remarkably successful sale. Many thanks to the stewards on the day, the judges Philip and Laura Vincent, the auctioneer Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, the photographer Ms. Shannon Kinahan, the staff of GVM Tullamore and Irish Hereford Prime.

Autumn Kilmallock sale sees strong trade.

The Irish Hereford Society Autumn Show & Sale took place in Kilmallock on Friday October 21st. Of the 28 bulls catalogued for the sale, 20 were exhibited and 15 of those sold to new homes. There was a great atmosphere around the mart with buyers travelling long distances to secure their new purchases.

Mr. John Appelbe of Appel Herefords, Co. Cork, took on the task of judging the pre-sale show. The Champion of the show went to lot 20 Balleen Account owned by Tom Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. Account is sired by Cill Cormaic Quade and goes back to a Towra Brilliant sired cow. Account was later sold in the sale for €3,400.

The top price of the day went to lot 14 for Kyepoll 1 1 Nevin 944, bred by Padraig McGrath of Kye Herefords, Elphin Co. Roscommon. Nevin 944, sired by Fisher 1 Profile, has a 5-star terminal index and 5-star carcass weight index. After a flurry of bids, Nevin 944 went on to sell for €3,750. From the same pen, Lot 8 Kye Ranger 939 sold for €3,300. This February 2021 born bull was sired by Pulham Ranger and bred from a Free Town Hotspur dam.

The second top price of the day was €3,500 for the Reserve Champion; Farney Triumph. This September 2021 born bull was sired by Gageboro Morgan and boosts 5-stars on replacement and daughter’s milk. Triumph was bred by John and Mary Johnson of Farney Herefords, Co. Tipperary.

Michael & Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon, exhibited Rathnollag Lad 91 who is sired by Pulham Powerhouse and goes back to Kye Rina 711. This October 2020 bull got the sale underway where he went on to sell for €3,200. Lad 91 boosts 4-star Replacement and 5-star Terminal indexes.

Lot 22 Ballinveney Empire for Rory Farrell of Ballinveney Herefords, Co. Tipperary went on to sell for €3,100. Empire was a July 2021 born bull and was sired by Ballinveney Nigel and goes back to a homebred Ballinveney Trudy dam. Empire has double 5-stars for the Replacement and Terminal indexes.

Well done to all exhibitors and we wish all purchasers the best of luck. The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to thank Judge John Appelbe and Auctioneer John Gaffney for all their work on the day and Irish Hereford Prime for their practical and financial contributions to the sale also.

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.