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Summer Shows 2022

The society is delighted to see the majority of the Summer shows are going ahead this year after being out of action for both 2020 and 2021. A start has already been made with Tralee show and Nobber fair having been held in recent weeks amongst others.

Tullamore Show

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding the National Hereford Show 2022 at the Tullamore Show once again! The show will be held on Sunday 14th August in the same showgrounds as usual. The classes will be the same as in 2019 and 2021 with the exception that the Young Handler classes have been moved to the middle of the show instead of at the beginning. The Junior and Senior Young Handler class will be ran after the heifer championship and before the male classes begin.


The online entry system is now open. Please follow the link below to ENTER :

Closing date for Hard copy entries is the 1st of July and online entries is the 6th of July 2022!

Rules & Regulations:

Please find below a copy of important documents for exhibitors consideration. We would urge all potential exhibitors to read all of the below documentation carefully to ensure there are no disappointments in the run upto or on the day of the show.

Please note all animals entered into the Hereford classes must be registered Pedigree and be accompanied by a Pedigree Zootechnical certificate on the day of the show.

  1. Rules & Regulations which include the following;

1A. ISA general Rules for Irish Show Association Championships 2022

1B. Livestock Issues

2.Department of Agriculture Rules;

Charleville Show

The Muster Hereford branch are hosting an exciting competition this year as part of the Charleville Agricultural Show. The branch are hosting the Munster Hereford Heifer of the year and the Munster Hereford Bull of the year competitions at the show in place of the points based championship that was ran in previous years.

In total there are 16 Hereford classes on the day, these include 3 qualifier classes for both the heifer and bull of the year, the top 3 placed animals from each qualifier class will qualify for the finals of the €1,000 Munster Heifer and Bull of the year 2022.

Also, the branch are hosting Young Handler classes on the day – one class for entrants aged 18 – 12 years of age and junior class for entrants aged 12 and under. All are welcome to participate and Next Gen Herefords will be supporting this event.

All entries close strictly on 14th June & all classes can be entered via this link;

Longford Show

Longford Show is also going ahead this year with a bigger and better show planned for everyone’s entertainment. There are a total of 11 Hereford classes this year including the ‘Paul and Vincent All-Ireland Heifer Calf Championship’ and the ‘Flynn and Lynch All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship’ with prize money upto €1000 for each class.

Next Gen Herefords have also teamed up with Longford Show to hold two Young Handler classes at the show. The Junior class is free to enter for all aged 12 – 17 years and the Senior class is free to enter for all aged 18 – 25 years of age. The prizes include; 1st: €100 Grooming kit, 2nd: €75 Grooming kit & €50 Grooming kit.

All entries can be made through Longford Show. Entries close strictly on 24th June & entry forms can be found online at;

Plenty of choice

There is plenty of choice this Summer with the majority of Summer shows going ahead.

A full list of summer shows are available at;

If you would like any more information on the above shows please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or on 044 9348855.

Wishing all exhibitors the very best of luck the showing season.

Young Handlers Workshop – Virginia – Sunday 29th May!

Next Gen Herefords are delighted to be involved in the mixed breed Young Handlers Workshop which is taking place this Sunday 29th May in the Virginia Show Centre from 2 – 5pm.

The event is open to all young persons aged between 10 and 22 years of age and obviously parents/guardians/family members are welcome to attend also.


The day will kick off at 2pm with doors opening at 1.30pm and will include various workshops including;

  • Cattle clipping & grooming with Allen Shortt, 
  • Products used for animal show preparation with Bartley Finnegan from Elite Pedigree Genetics,
  • Our very own Catherine Smyth, John Smyth & Elanor Reilly will demonstrate ringcraft and the art of showing,
  • There will be a stand on future education and agri careers
  • Social media workshop
  • FRS Jim Dockery will outline the importance of animal welfare and safety when transporting animals

There will be cattle and sheep on display on the day also with several breeds participating. 

The event is promised to be a great day all round – with something for everyone. There will also be a gift bag for every participant at the end.


Entry is free but pre-registration is essential by emailing;

If you have any questions or require any more info please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or by the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook or Instagram pages.

Next Gen Herefords YH Workshop May 2022

Next Gen Herefords held a very successful workshop for young handlers last Sunday May 1st on the farm of Tullaha Herefords, Limerick.

Tommy & Maura Cregan hosted the group on the farm and welcomed everyone into their yard and home for the day.

There were 21 young persons attended on the day which was a great turn out. The group were split in two in order of age and there were two sessions running simultaneously.

The first session involved a demonstration of grooming and preparing cattle for the show ring. Garrett Behan of Clonagh Pedigree herd gave an excellent demonstration and shared his knowledge and experience on clipping, grooming, tips for removing dirt and and general trips for making a show animal look their best on the day. Garrett also shared some safety tips including tying knots and how to quickly release knots. Garrett rounded off the day with a hands on workshop on how to make halters and everyone tried their hand at the skill. Alongside Garrett, Noel Walsh from Animal Pharmacy joined the group and shared information about top products that are great for using on cattle and the benefits of such products.

The second session of the day involved two parts. Eoin Lynch gave a safety demo in the farm yard and pointed out some of the every day hazards that farmers need to be conscious of. After that, Pat Rohan of Listrolin Herefords, Kilkenny have an excellent demonstration of stock judging of some of the cows and calves at Tullaha Herefords. Pat talked through what are the key points when choosing what females to breed from and how to improve breeding female lines. Pat advised the group against the sale of their good Pedigree breeding females as they are vital to the foundation of the herd.

The day was capped off with a cuppa and a light lunch. Each participant received a slicker comb and a bar of soap to set them up for the upcoming show season!

Many thanks and appreciation are extended to Tommy & Maura Cregan for making everyone so welcome and putting in alot of time and effort in preparing for the group and having several cattle ready for grooming and stock judging.

Many thanks are extended to Garrett Behan of Clonagh Pedigrees, Noel Walsh from Animal Pharmacy, Pat Rohan of Listrolin Herefords, Eoin Lynch and Michael Barrett who were instrumental in the organising and running of the day and to all who attended and participated on the day.

We look forward to many more events this Summer!

Hereford bulls in hot demand at the Hereford Spring Sale in Nenagh

The Spring Hereford sale was held in Nenagh yesterday and what a flyer it was! The sale would usually be held on the Saturday before the Kilmallock April sale but this year the society decided to move to a Thursday to accomodate dairy farmers who would be attending the bi-weekly dairy female sale also held in Nenagh. The sale kicked off on a high with no re-runs from the first five lots as the demand was high for older bulls that are ready to work. The average sale price was €3200 which was over €300 above the average price for the same sale last year and 80% of bulls sold for over €3000.

The top of the town was bred by Noel Farrell of Brocca Herefords, Westmeath. Brocca Leo, sired by Allowdale Rambo 738 and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper dam, has a five-star replacement index along with five stars for milk, calving interval and good figures for calving ease. Leo was purchased by a Galway farmer for €4700.

Brocca Leo sold for €4700, with breeder Noel Farrell

Along way from home, Skehanore Gifted did not disappoint after his long journey from Ballydehob. This June 2020 born bull was bred by Tom & Paddy Hickey, Cork. Gifted is sired by Free Town Peerless, National Hereford Champion 2021 – a sire that is proving to be very successful for the Skehanore herd. Gifted was bred from a Balleen Plomber dam and has five stars for terminal index and carcase weight – he also has easy calving figures and was purchased for €3650 by a Laois breeder.

Skehanore Gifted sold for €3650, with breeder Paddy Hickey

There was success for Ballinveney Herefords once again during this sale. Ballinveney Dougal, born in November 2020 and bred by Rory Farrell, Tipperary, sold for €3400 to a Galway farmer. Dougal, sired by Karoonda Sampson, one of the IHBS Breed Improvement sires and bred from a GH Adams 1 Bulge dam, has a four-star terminal index.

Ballinveney Dougal sold for €3400, with breeders Brian and Daniel Farrell

The following lot catalogued; Mountwilliams Octavius was crowned Reserve Champion by judge Mr. Cathal Flynn of Rossmore Herefords, Monaghan. This November 2020 bull was bred by Aidan Farrell, Westmeath. Octavius was sired by Butlerstown Duke and bred from a Churchill Storm dam and has fours stars for both the terminal and the replacement index. Octavius was sold for €3400.

Mountwilliams Octavius sold for €3400, with breeder Aidan Farrell

Simonstown 1 Bruce, bred by Gabriel Glynn, Westmeath, sold for €3300 to fellow breeder from Clare. This May 2020 born bull was sired by Black Water Master and bred from Grousehallpoll 1 Premier dam – he has a five-star terminal index figure and five stars across the terminal index board for weight and conformation also.

Simonstown 1 Bruce sold for €3300, with breeder Gabriel Glynn

There was a big interest in bulls by farmers from the West of Ireland. Kye Ranger 920, bred by Padraig McGrath, Roscommon, was sold as lot 22 to a Clare farmer for €3250. Ranger is sired by Pulham Ranger and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper dam. This August 2020 born bull has five stars for terminal index and carcase weight.

Kye Ranger 920 sold for €3250, with breeders Padraig and Catherine McGrath

Three bulls on the day sold for €3200.

After a long journey from Monaghan to Nenagh – Glaslough Vauxhall – the first bull into the ring – did his job when he sold for €3200. Vauxhall was bred by Nigel Heatrick, Monaghan. This four-star terminal bull was sired by Clooncullane Major 343, a Trillick Hotspur son and bred from a Glaslough Pompeii dam.

Glaslough Vauxhall sold for €3200, with breeder Nigel Heatrick

The next lot into the ring also sold for €3200. Bred by Davina Lewis, Offaly – Glosterbegpoll 1 Romeo is sired by a Gageboro Morgan son and bred from a Trillick Hotspur dam. This April 2020 bull has a five-star replacement rate and was purchased by a Galway herd.

Glosterbegpoll 1 Romeo sold for €3200, with breeder Glen Lewis

There was further success for Davina Lewis and Glosterbeg Herefords when their second lot later sold for €3200 also to a West herd in Clare. Glosterbegpoll 1 Oscar, sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Glosterbeg Dave dam – has a page of stars including five stars for both the terminal and replacement index and a low calving figure.

Glosterbegpoll 1 Oscar sold for €3200, with breeder Glen Lewis

Mr. Cathal Flynn awarded the Champion of the day to Newland Dale, bred by Hugh P Murray, Westmeath. Newland Dale was awarded Reserve Junior Male Champion 2021 and has gone onto to continuously thrive since then. Dale, sired by Black Water Lad and bred from a Kilronan Hosea dam, was purchased for €3200 by a Galway farmer who also purchased Ballinveney Dougal.

Champion: Newland Dale sold for €3200 with breeder Hugh P. Murray and Judge Cathal Flynn

The final and youngest bull into the sales ring; Ardmulchan Sydney finished the sale off when he sold for €3000 to a fellow Meath breeder. Bred by Phil and Catherine Smyth, Meath; Ardmulchan Sydney is sired by Ballinveney Tiger and bred from a Church Preen Galileo dam. Sydney has five stars for the terminal index and carcase weight along with having a low calving figure.

Ardmulchan Sydney sold for €3000, with breeders Phil & Catherine Smyth and buyer Val Ledwith

Aidan Farrell of Mountwilliams Herefords, Westmeath sold his second and final bull later in the sale for €3000. Mountwilliams Oscar Wild, sired by Butlerstown Duke and bred from a Churchill Storm dam, has a four-star replacement index and an easy calving figure.

After a successful sale in Kilkenny earlier this month – there was further success for the Tipperary native, Willie Duff. Ballinalick Rory, sired by Allowdale Rory 594 and bred from a Ballyboe dam, was purchased by a Wexford breeder for €3000.

Congratulations to all breeders and the very best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks are extended to the judge; Mr. Cathal Flynn, auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, pre-sale inspector: Mr. Clive Jennings, Stewards: Mr. Darren and Mr. Conor O’Rourke, Philip and the staff of Central Auctions Nenagh and to Irish Hereford Prime for once again sponsoring this sale.

Spring Hereford Show & Sale Kilmallock

The Hereford Spring Show & Sale was held last Saturday in GVM Kilmallock.

Out of 55 bulls catalogued 32 bulls were presented for sale given that home trade has been very strong with many bulls moving off farms early this season. The average price on the day was €2750.

Mr. Albert DeCogan joined the sale to judge the show in the morning. Mr. DeCogan made no mistake when tapping forward the Champion of the day. Ballinveney Diego, bred by the Farrell family from Tipperary, was crowned champion before topping the sale when he sold for €3400 to a fellow Tipperary herd. This December 2020 born bull was sired by a Yarram star General son and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Diego has five stars for the terminal index, carcase weight and carcase conformation along with a four-star replacement index figure and is easy calving.

Champion; Ballinveney Diego, sold for €3400, with breeders; Rory, Brian and Dan Farrell and IHBS President, Adrian Bateman

Mr. Albert De Cogan made no error in choosing his reserve champion in Gageboro Vermont. Bred by John Holloway & Niall and Lisa Daly of Gageboro Herefords, Westmeath, this August 2020 born bull is sired by Haven Jackal and bred from a Gurteragh Maximus 593 dam. Gageboro Vermont sold for €3100 to a Cork farmer.

Reserve Champion: Gageboro Vermont sold for €3100, with breeder Niall Daly

There was great success for new breeders; Eamonn & Edmund Sheehan, Limerick, on their first day out with their first bull to sell. Lot 8 – Rathcannon Rocky, born May 2020, was sired by Pulham Powerhouse and bred from a Tullaha dam. Rocky has a five-star rating across both the Replacement and the Terminal index and low figures for calving. Rocky was purchased by a neighbouring herd for €3200.

Rathcannon Rocky sold for €3200, with breeder Edmund Sheehan

There was great success for JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords, Longford, on the day. Their first lot into the ring; Trillick Tim 2 sold to a Cavan dairy farmer for €3200. Tim was sired by Free Town Nevada and bred from a Grianan Firecracker dam. This September 2020 born bull was bred from one of the best breeding cows in the herd and has low calving figures.

Trillick Tim 2 sold for €3200, with breeder JJ Farrell

Trillick Buddy was the second and final lot for the herd presented for sale on the day. Another son of Freetown Nevada and bred from a Steil Gerard cow – Buddy has a five-star rating for the Terminal index and carcase conformation along with easy calving figures. Buddy was purchased by a local Limerick herd for €3000.

Trillick Buddy sold for €3000, with breeder JJ Farrell
Listrolin Morgan was first prize winner with breeder Seamus Rohan

Congratulations to all exhibitors and the best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks to judged; Mr. Albert De Cogan, the auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, In-take inspector; Mr. Clive Jennings, Steward on the day; Mr. Paddy O’Connor and all the staff at GVM Kilmallock for all their help during the sale.

Many thanks are extended to Irish Hereford Prime for their continued support of Hereford sales this Spring as they have sponsored €200 to the purchaser of each bull sold for over €2800 along with donating the value of the full sales commission from this sale towards the Irish Red Cross/ Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Upcoming Hereford Sales

  • Nenagh: Thursday April 21st – 53 Bulls – CATALOGUE
  • North Leinster Hereford Branch Bull Sale – Friday May 6th – entries online – ENTER HERE!
  • Munster Branch Hereford Bull Sale – Saturday May 14th
  • Nenagh: Saturday May 28th – Entry Form