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National Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020

The Irish Hereford Breed Society and in particular the North Leinster Hereford Branch and Irish Hereford Prime are delighted with how successful the National Hereford Calf Show 2020 has turned out to be. With over 110 entries received for 11 classes and a strong show of top quality Pedigree Hereford & Hereford cross calves entered across the board.

This virtual event is the first of its kind for the Society and has been very well received and supported.

Judges

The Society were delighted to have three very capable and talented judges on board;

  • Robin Irvine – Graceland Herefords, NI
  • Adam Woods – Technical Beef Journalist & Suckler farmer
  • Nigel Owens – International Rugby Referee & Hereford Breeder, Wales

Commenting on the quality of the stock; Nigel Owens said “The animals were a credit to the breeders and some of the classes proved very hard to select a winner from”. He also commented that he hoped “all breeders got something out of it in this very difficult year”.

All three judges executed the tough task flawlessly which was no easy feat with large entries in many of the classes and are owed great thanks and appreciation.

Sponsors

The Society would also like to thank their generous sponsors, who kindly donated prizes despite this turbulent year and appreciate that without their kind support an event like this wouldn’t be possible;

  • Moocall
  • Allsure
  • Herdwatch
  • Dectomax
  • Irish Hereford Prime

Class Winners

  • Class 1: Heifer born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019 –Grianan Orange U 877
  • Class 2: Heifer born on or between 1st Oct 2019 & 31st December 2019 – Grianan Orange U894
  • Class 3: Heifer born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020 – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxie
  • Class 4: Heifer calf of the future born from April 1st 2020 onwards – Clonroe Imogen
  • Class 5: Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019 – Moyclare Sam
  • Class 6: Bull born on or between 1st Oct 2019 & 31st December 2019 – Rathregan Bonanza
  • Class 7: Bull born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020 – Hillock Basil
  • Class 8: Bull calf of the future born from April 1st 2020 onwards – Clondrina Poll 1 1327
  • Class 9: Dairy Beef Index – Pedigree Genotyped Bull born on or between July 1st & December 31st 2019. Criteria for judging based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef index – Moyclare Sam
  • Class 10: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female, born in 2020 – Roxy
  • Class 11: Hereford / Hereford X Replacement Heifer of the Future – Hereford sired female born on or between July 1st 2019 & June 30th 2020. Criteria for judging based 60% on appearance and 40% on Replacement index – Petra

Public Vote

The class winners from class one to eight were then put forward for a public vote on the website; nationalherefordcalfshow.ie to crown the four champions.

The voting poll was closed on Friday 11th December after receiving great support & a large number of votes. From there, the three judges; Robin Irvine, Adam Woods & Nigel Owens were drafted back to judge the four champions and choose the overall Supreme Male Champion and the Overall Supreme Female Champion.

Huge congratulations to the champions;

  • Moocall Senior Female Champion – Grianan Orange U 877- Born July 2019 – Sired by Grianan Parkers whose bloodlines go back to Churchill Storm – Bred by T&A Fitzgerald, Westmeath & exhibited by Padraic McKenna of Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan. 
Moocall Senior Female Champion; Grianan Orange U 877
  • Allsure Junior Female Champion – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy- Born Feb 2020 – Sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid – Bred by Edwin & Robert Jones, Longford
Allsure Junior Female Champion; Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy
  • Herdwatch Senior Male Champion – Rathregan Bonanza- Born Dec 2019 – Sired by Rathregan Suarez whose bloodlines go back to Kilsunny Goliath – Bred by Val Ledwith, Meath
Herdwatch Senior Male Champion; Rathregan Bonanza
  • Dectomax Junior Male Champion – Clondrinapoll 1 1327-  Born Sept 2020 – Sired by Panmure 1 Henry – bred by Gerard & Declan Donnelly, Clare
Dectomax Junior Male Champion; Clondrinapoll 1 1327

Supreme Male & Female Championship;

Supreme Male Champion 2020 – Rathregan Bonanza

Supreme Female Champion 2020 – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy

Supreme Male Champion; Rathregan Bonanza

Supreme Female Champion; Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy

Huge thanks are extended to everyone who supported this virtual event. As a very different type of Show from what we are all used to, it is inspiring to see so many people getting involved and making the most of the situation at hand. This year has proven to be a difficult year for everyone and although technology has played a large part in keeping communities connected – The Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime are looking forward to meeting the public at Agricultural shows very soon again!

Knockmountagh Chief wins the title of Scottish Stock Bull of the Year.

There has been great success recently for one Irish bred Hereford bull abroad.

Knockmountagh Chief, the 2013 Tullamore Show National Hereford Bull Calf Champion, has seven years later, been judged the 2020 Best Stock Bull in the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association’s herd competition.

Bred by Eamon & John McKiernan of Knockmountagh & Knockmanta Herefords, Louth; Mr. Bill Andrew of Arranview Herefords purchased Chief in 2013 after taking a shine to him at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore. Following the success of the 2013 Champion; Knockmanta 1 Handsome was purchased this year to join Chief at the Arranview Herd as Junior Stock Bull.

It is very exciting to see Irish bloodlines making waves across the water and it is exceptional for such a senior bull to be awarded this title.

We wish the McKiernans & Arranview continued success with their Louth bred bulls.

13th Annual Commercial Hereford Cross Show & Sale

𝟏𝟑𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 & 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐞 will take place in Newport Mart in Co. Tipperary on Saturday 10th October at 12 noon.

Hereford X Store Steers, Heifers, Cows & Weanlings will be exhibited & sold on the day.

Irish Hereford Prime Producers will be in attendance.

Bidding is available online – contact Newport Mart in advance of the Sale on 061 378121.

 

Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020

The North Leinster Hereford Branch are delighted to unveil the schedule for the Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020. This event promises to be an event like no other, with the best of Hereford genetics being showcased from the pedigree, commercial & dairy herd.

There are very generous prizes up for grabs for those lucky enough to win, thanks to generous sponsors; HerdwatchMoocall – Allsure – Dectomax & Irish Hereford Prime.

Entries open 7th October & can be uploaded via the website; nationalherefordcalfshow.ie.

Schedule of Classes;

Class 1: Heifer born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019.

Class 2: Heifer born on or between 1st October 2019 & 31st December 2019

Class 3: Heifer born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020

Class 4: Heifer Calf of the Future born from April 1st 2020 onwards

Moocall Senior Female Champion – Classes 1 & 2

Allsure Junior Female Champion – Classes 3 & 4

Overall Female Champion

Class 5: Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th September 2019

Class 6: Bull born on or between 1st October 2019 & 31st December 2019

Class 7: Bull born on or between 1st January 2020 & 31st March 2020

Class 8: Bull Calf of the Future born from April 1st 2020 onwards

Herdwatch Senior Male Champion – Classes 5 & 6

Dectomax Junior Male Champion – Classes 7 & 8

Overall Male Champion

>>>Classes with a Difference<<<

Class 9: Dairy Beef Index – Pedigree Genotyped Bull born on or between 1st July 2019 & 31st December 2019. Criteria for judging will be based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef Index (October 2020 Evaluations)

Class 10: Commercial Hereford Sired Calf, male or female, born in 2020

Class 11: Hereford / Hereford X Replacement Heifer of the Future – Hereford Sired female born on or between 1st July 2019 & 30th June 2020. Criteria for judging will be based 60% on appearance and 40% on Dairy Beef Index (October 2020 Evaluations)

Rules of Entry;

To enter any of the classes listed above, the exhibitor must submit 3 pictures;

A Side View, A Rear View & A Front View.

All animals must be unhaltered and grooming is prohibited in photographs.

No professional photography allowed.

No entry Fee.

Exhibitors will be asked to submit the; animal’s name, tag number, DOB, class number, owners name & contact details.

Entries in Class 10 & 11 may be subject to random DNA testing by Irish Hereford Prime.

In the interest of fairness, competitors are asked to please refrain from posting their pictures on social media until the judging process is completed and the results have been released – Failure to observe these requests will mean omission from the competition.

Entries close 26th October.

Class winners will be announced online on  21st November.

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For further enquiries please contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society on 044 9348855 and or irishhereford@gmail.com

Irish Hereford Virtual Calf Show 2020 Schedule & Entry Requirements.

Carrick Winter Fair 2019

A great Show and Sale was had at the Annual Carrick -on-Shannon Winter Fair last week on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th November. Top price from the sale was an amazing € 10,000 secured for Junior Belguin Blue Champion Heifer Calf which from a Mayo herd. The Hereford class is ever growing at the fair and encouraged quality stock to the exhibition this year again.

Lot 83 was crowned Champion HEX Heifer, weighing in at 650kgs. This prime heifer was owned by Seamus Neary from Kilkenny and sold for €1720.

Champion HEX Heifer with owner, Seamus Neary, handler, Sean McGarry, Sinead Conry & Sponsor Padraig McGrath of Kye Herefords, Roscommon.

Lot 84, owned by Ivan Glenn; secured 2nd place in the class. This quality HEX heifer weighed 644kgs and sold for a solid €2100.

2nd place winner: Lot 84 belonging to Ivan Glenn with Sinead Conry & Sponsor Padraig McGrath

A busy day was had also by one of our Young Handlers; Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon, who took on the joint task of judging the Young Stock Person Class. Sinead and her collegue, Nicola Farrell, executed the job excellently.

Sinead & Nicola judging the stockpersons skills.

Many thanks to Padraig & Catherine McGrath of Kye Herefords, Roscommon, for sponsoring the Hereford Cross class.

Upcoming Events.

The Premier Spring Show & Sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 28th March 2020. Entries close 1 month before the date of Sale.