The Irish Hereford Breed Society and in particular the North Leinster Branch are delighted to be able to announce that they will (in-line with covid-19 guidelines and safety advice) host a National Calf Show 2021 on Saturday 20th November 2021 in GVM Tullamore at 9am. After a very successful virtual calf show in 2020, the branch are looking forward to hosting cattle and seeing breeders out and about once again.
All animals entered will be weighed on the morning of the show; Pedigree heifers in excess of 1.5kg/day + 40 kg birth weight and bulls in excess of 1.7 kg/day + 45 kg birth weight are not eligible for showing on the day
Commercial calves over 450kgs on the day are not eligible for showing and must have HE or HEX on their Card.
The National Hereford Show 2021 was held last Sunday on the grounds of the Annaharvey Equestrian Centre, Tullamore. The event was somewhat different from the usual National show which is generally held as part of the Tullamore show but that didn’t take from the event in the slightest. After a tough year & a half for everyone alike – the Society were determined to make a go of a near normal National Show 2021 to enable breeders showcase their stock & to view animals belonging to other breeders as well as giving breeders a chance to get out and about and meet each other again. The show was a huge success all round with over 90 of the 110 cattle catalogued exhibiting on the day.
The society and the wider membership were delighted that Mr. Robin Irvine & Mr. James Irvine of Graceland Herefords, Armagh, accepted the role of judging at the show. Mr. James Irvine judged the Junior & Senior Young Handler classes and did so with great commitment, attention & patience. James gave each young handler a word of advice and encouragement after the class which was very positive for the young handlers going forward especially after a long time with no showring to practice in.
Mr. Robin Irvine judged the cattle classes thereafter. Robin is no stranger to the National show having judged the show previously on several occasions. As always, Robin gave great attention to each animal in each class while moving along at a nice pace – no easy task with some very large classes including 16 in one of the heifer classes. Huge thanks and credit are extended to the Irvines for taking on the job an executing it flawlessly.
Of course after one missed year without crowning a National Champion – it is so special to be able to announce that we have a National Hereford Supreme Champion 2021!
National Pedigree Registered Hereford Supreme Champion
Tom & Paddy Hickey, Skehanore, Ballydehob, Co. Cork. Free Town Peerless, Uk301210501145, 2017-05-27, Sire: Mara Humorous, Dam: Free Town Benign
National Pedigree Registered Hereford Reserve Champion
Raymond & Veronica Vere Hunt, Ballyherberry Farm, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. HERBERRY 1 LUCY RAY ET, 372226228450705, 2020-11-19, Sire: DENDOR 1 KOHINOOR PP, Dam: GOULDINGPOLL 1 LUCY 641
National Pedigree Registered Hereford Male Champion
Champion: Tom & Paddy Hickey, Skehanore, Ballydehob, Co. Cork. Free Town Peerless, Uk301210501145, 2017-05-27, Sire: Mara Humorous, Dam: Free Town Benign
Reserve Champion: Alan Gibbons, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Rockbrook 1 Drover, 372214556370260, 2020-03-31, Sire: Solpoll 1 Handsome, Dam: Rockbrook 1 May
National Pedigree Registered Hereford Female Champion
Champion: Raymond & Veronica Vere Hunt, Ballyherberry Farm, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. HERBERRY 1 LUCY RAY ET, 372226228450705, 2020-11-19, Sire: DENDOR 1 KOHINOOR PP, Dam: GOULDINGPOLL 1 LUCY 641
The Society would like to take this opportunity to extend an appreciative thank you to all who volunteered, exhibited, attended & supported the National Hereford Show 2021 & all who helped make it the huge success it turned out to be. Many thanks also to Tricia Kennedy for taking the photos & videos.
Well done & congratulations to all exhibitors on the day – without them there could have been no show!
The Society would also like to extend a huge thank you to the owners of the Annaharvey Equestrian Centre for the use of their fantastic facility & the DAFM, in particular; Declan Murray & Sean Lawlor of Offaly DVO, for their support & help in the run upto & on the day of the show also.
Looking forward to getting back to Tullamore 2022!
The Next Gen Hereford youth group visited the ICBF Tully Beef Centre last Saturday 4th September. The group met at 10am and were welcomed by Niall Kilrane.
Niall is a full time employee at the Beef centre and is involved in the research that is carried out there. Niall gave a full tour of the working farm and detailed the research being carried out there and the results seen so far. Tully is the largest single site for collection of growth, feed efficiency, carcase, methane production and meat eating quality data. There are 267 Hereford sired animals involved in the research so far and there are 41 Hereford sires represented. In order for the most accurate results to be generated – all stock are put through a 70 day cycle on the farm and each Pedigree sire being researched must be represented by at least 10 progeny from different farms, different types of cows and varying backgrounds to be able to decide on bull performance.
Research & Results
ICBF run the WHPR programme (Whole Herd Performance Recording) which has currently been revamped. The new WHPR will focus on weighing only animals aged 0 -150 days of age and weighing and scoring animals aged 151 – 365 days of age. The weighing can be carried out at the same time as the BEEP inspections which will eliminate the €45 call out charge payable to ICBF. The cost thereafter is €5 per animal weighed and just one annual visit is required. This revamped version of the WHPR is more attractive to breeders in that it has been made more accessible and can be completed as part of a BEEP visit also.
The next programme is Gene Ireland. There has been a six-fold increase in the number of bulls tested per year over seven years. The more bulls that are tested the better and more accurate the data will be. Since 2015, the Dairy Beef Index has increased from a value of €23 to a value of €45 which is very positive. The advantage of the Hereford here is that the Hereford already has the market share and the distinctive white face is a huge marketing benefit.
Meat Eating Quality Evaluations
Meat eating quality is also a major research under going in Tully over five years in partnership with Teagasc. The trial involves assessing 5500 animals for tenderness, flavour & juiciness by a trained tasting panel. From the research carried out – ICBF can now determine that Tenderness has the highest heritability meaning that genetics can directly affect the tenderness of beef. The good news for Herefords is that the research carried out has shown that Herefords have ranked at the top of the table across all breeds for tenderness with a result of 85% satisfactory as well as ranking very high for both flavour and juiciness.
ICBF also measure how much methane cattle emit while housed indoors as part of the ‘Rumen Predict’ Programme. The research is carried out using an the GreenFeed Systems installed in the cattle shed. Each animal is fitted with an RFID ear tag which allows the GreenFeed to identify animals individually. As the animal approaches the GreenFeed, a small amount of feed is dropped to both attract and keep the animal positioned at the machine. Feed is dropped every 30 seconds over a 3 minute period with animal access to the machine evenly spread over the day. While the animal is feeding, the GreenFeed estimates methane emissions by extracting the air surrounding the animal’s head and filtering it by a sensor which determines the amount of methane the animal emits in between feeding. As traits, both feed efficiency and methane production are related and it has been shown that cattle which are more feed efficient emit less methane which is positive for both the farmer and the environment.
Many thanks to Niall for welcoming the group to Tully and giving a great tour!
The National Hereford Show 2021 is on tomorrow and included in the show is the all important Young Handler classes. The Junior Young handler class is open to all young persons aged 12 – 17 and the Senior class is open to all young persons aged 18 – 25. The entries are remaining open until the time of the classes at 10 am tomorrow and any young person who is attending the show and would like to enter but doesn’t have an animal can enquire with any of the stewards and a suitable animal can be sourced. The society would like to wish all young handlers the very best of luck.
The group are hoping to hold an event for young persons as part of the Premier Autumn Hereford sale in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 16th October – watch this space for more details to follow shortly.
The Irish Hereford Breed Society are delighted to be able to host a National Hereford Show for 2021. After a traumatic year for many , it was so important to the Society to even attempt to host a semi-normal show for breeders to show off their stock and to crown a National Champion 2021.
The show will be held next Sunday 12th September on the grounds of the Annaharvey Equestrian Centre, Tullamore. The show will begin at 10am, kicking off with the Young Handler classes of which entries will remain open until the day of the show for any young person who wishes to take part on the day. There are 110 entries for the cattle classes.
The event is fully ticketed to ensure compliance with numbers and contact tracing. All tickets are free but MUST be pre-booked via www.itsplainsailing.com/entrytickets . Tickets will be scanned at the gate on entry to the show.
Covid-19 Safety guidelines
All spectators & exhibitors must maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.
Masks must be worn at all times indoors including in the cattle tents.
Exhibitors ONLY are permitted to enter the cattle tents.
There is ample parking on site. Stewards will be there on site to assist parking and attendees are advised to follow the signs.
Guidelines for Exhibitors
All cattle must be TB tested free & be entered from an unrestricted herd.
All cattle must be moved to the show officially via agfood.ie or DAFM movement form & a compliance certificate must be generated & printed off – the show number is: S772.
Please ensure movement compliance certificates are printed off and presented on entry to the show along with valid ID – anyone having issues generating movement certs please contact Louise in the IHBS office.
Department of Agriculture officials will be on site on the day to help with collecting forms & to oversee the show.
All zootechnical certificates must also be presented on the morning of the show.
Exhibitors are allowed on site from 7am and should arrive no later than 11am.
There will be tents for cattle to be stalled – masks must be worn in the tents & in all indoor areas at all times. Exhibitors only are allowed in the tents.
There will be no power washing or drying facilities provided. There will be no supply of power on the day. Exhibitors are welcome to bring petrol generators if they wish.
The cattle will be tied on grass and there will be no straw bedding allowed on site at all. Exhibitors are welcome to bring cow mats if they wish.
The show will start at 10am with young handler classes – young handler classes entry will open until the day of the show with free entry.
Social distancing must be adhered to at all times.
Catalogues & exhibitor numbers will be available on the morning from the cabin where movement compliance certs will be handled.
Looking forward to meeting everyone out and about and wishing everyone the very best of luck on the day.