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Irish Herefords Head East to Russia

This week the first consignment in 2017 of pedigree in-calf Hereford heifers destined for Russia departed these shores.

In-calf pedigree Hereford heifers being loaded for Russian export at Hubert Maxwell & Co Export facility

A specially selected group of in-calf heifers of diverse pedigree from herds across the country including eight eighteen to twenty month old bulls brought together by Hubert Maxwell, Livestock exporters have been in quarantine for the past month. All health requirements being fully completed to the satisfaction of the importers the signal to move was received.

Pedigree Hereford bulls ready for loading with exporter Michael Maxwell

The luxury transport for the Hereford consignment to their new home is provided by a Lithuanian company with extensive experience of cattle transport across Europe. The journey will take one week including rest breaks on the route through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belarus to the final destination just 180km west of Moscow.

The Russian Hereford breeders who have purchased the cattle came to Ireland in January last to visit a number of farms and see the quality of animal available and were extremely satisfied with the standard.

Svetlana Koss who hails from Moscow has co-ordinated the project on this occasion said she was extremely pleased with both the quality of the cattle and with how the current project has worked out. A further consignment this time of over 100 in-calf Hereford heifers arrived almost immediately at the quarantine facility replacing those heading for Rosslare.

The testing at quarantine is quiet extensive but Svetlana is with Michael Maxwell confident that this further consignment will again go through without any major hitch.

Irish Hereford Society chairman Willie Branagan was very pleased with the progress to date on this export order and is confident of further similar orders including maiden heifers later this spring. The Hereford cattle exported will allow the expansion and rebuilding of the beef cattle population in Russia which has huge possibilities for development into the future he said.

Hubert Maxwell and Family loading pedigree Hereford heifers for Russian export

Another group of six for apartment four on the luxury transport truck

Lithuanian Transport company ready to set out for for Rosslare Ferry to France
Luxury travel for Hereford heifers across Europe to Russia

Slaney Foods International the Major Hereford Sponsor at Gorey Agricultural Show

Last week Slaney Foods International, The Irish Hereford Society and Gorey Agricultural Show launched the 2017 Hereford Cattle Classes.   Hereford cattle have a long tradition in Co Wexford and have been exhibited at the Gorey show for many, many years.  Last year the Hereford classes received a major boost with significant sponsorship from the very successful Wexford Firm Slaney Foods International.  This year Gorey Agricultural Show is hoping for even bigger classes.

Prizemoney runs to an impressive €2,500 provided through the generous sponsorship of Slaney Foods and Gorey Agricultural Show Society.  Last year’s show saw a huge turnout in the Hereford classes, with some travelling from as far as Kerry.  Gorey Agricultural Show is very grateful for the support of the Hereford Breeders and Slaney Foods International.

The expanded range of classes will include classes for cows, in-calf heifers and a range of male and female calf classes.  At the launch, this week, Eamonn Moulds Procurement Manager at Slaney Foods International which currently has major contracts for Hereford beef, stated that the company is very pleased to support this expanded local event and to be associated with the South Leinster Branch of the Irish Hereford Breed Society and the Gorey Agricultural Show Society, which holds its 158th event this year.

The Irish Hereford Society welcomed the support of Slaney Foods for this expanded event. Slaney Foods contracts are a very important outlet for Irish Hereford beef in a challenging time for beef producers.  The Hereford is fortunate he said that it meets the ideal carcase specification currently required by a discerning market

Mervyn Parr (PH: 087 663 6665), Chairman of the South Leinster Branch of the Irish Hereford Breed Society said that Hereford breeders from far and wide would be approached to give their support to the event. Given the event takes place on the 17th of June next breeders will soon be selecting their animals in anticipation of forwarding their entries. For further information please contact: Show Secretary Stella Jones – 087 908 2670.Back L to R: Larry Feeney (Secretary – IHBS), Eamonn Moulds (Procurement Manager -Slaney Foods), Aidan Jones (Owner of Hereford Pedigree Bull), Michael Lacey (Site Owner), David Grandy (Treasurer – Gorey Agricultural Show), Henry Parr (Hereford Breeder), Mervyn Parr (Chairman South Leinster Hereford Branch), Enda Rabbitte (IHBS), John & Norah Jones (Hereford Breeders), Willie Branagan (Chairman – IHBS)

Front L to R:       Stella Jones (Secretary – Gorey Agricultural Show), Padraig Jones, Conor Jones, Orlagh Hall

Corrin Mart Calf Promotion

Champion bull calf pictured below at the Hereford Calf Promotion in Corrin Mart, which sold for €265 with Michael Morrisson, Ted Sullivan & Pat McCarthy, Hereford Society, owner Matthew Hurley, Youghal & Billy Lane, Hereford Society.

Photo O’Gorman Photography


Photo O’Gorman Photography

Champion heifer cald pictured above at the Hereford Calf Promotion in Corrin Mart, which sold for €245 with buyer David Meade, Nohoval, Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council, owner Tony Beecher, Ballyhooly & Billy Lane, Hereford Society.

Top price of €3,550 at Kilmallock

Out of the 53 bulls entered in to the Kilmallock show & sale, a total of 30 arrived on the day, with only 9 being unsold resulting in a clearance rate of over 70%. The sale had a price range of €2,000 – €3,550 and working out at an average of €2,880.

Retired bank manager Eamon McKiernan, who is originally from Cavan but lives in Louth received the top price on the day for his 5 star terminal bull Knockmountagh Fionn, who is from Ireland’s easiest calving Hereford sire Cill Cormaic Kasper. Mr Joe Kett put on a good show when he entered a bidding battle with a fellow spectator and came out triumphant when he placed his last offer of €3,550 to become the new owner.

Top price bull at €3,550 Knockmountagh Fionn with owner John McKiernan and purchaser Jodie Kett

Declan Donnelly from Ennis and Ted O’Sullivan from Fermoy were next in line as they shared second highest price for their bull’s Clondrina 1171st and Furaleigh Kobe 1049 when they sold at €3,200 a piece.

Clondrina 1171st sold at €3,200 with owner Declan Donnelly

Furaleigh Kobe 1049 sold at €3,200 with owner Ted O’Sullivan

Padraig McGrath and Dermot Whelton secured the third highest price of the day when their bull’s Kye Gerard 727 (1st place class 3) and Hazel Grove Braxton (2nd place class 3) made €3,000 each.

Padraigh McGrath with his bull Kye Gererd 727 that sold for €3,000 scoring 5 stars for Terminal & 4 stars for Replacement

Owners Keith and Dermot Whelton with their 5 star replacement bull Hazel Grove Braxton sold for €3,000

Mullaghdoo Arthur €2,800 with owner Basil Arnold

The society would like to wish all purchasers the best of luck with their new bulls, we hope they serve them well.

We look forward to our next sale in Nenagh on Saturday the 20th of May.