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The final Hereford Spring sale went out with a bang as a 100% of animals were sold, with some impressive prices achieved on the day. The average price was just shy of €3,000 with a price range of €2,200 – €4,000.

Well known Hereford breeders Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald brought home the champion sash for their bull Grianan Prince. This 4 star terminal bull is bred by Grianan Freddy who produced a number of animals that were very successful around the shows last year. Local Nenagh man Michael McLoughlin became the new owner when he placed his final bid at €3,500.

Champion Grianan Prince sold for €3,500, bred by T & A Fitzgerald Mount Temple Moate. Breeder Anselm Fitzgerald, Moate, Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President) Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge).

Philip and Catherine Smyth took second place when their bull Ardmulchan Magic was crowned Reserve Champion. This bull is out of the well known UK bull Church Preen Galileo who has had a great deal of success across the water winning best bull under 2 years old and Reserve Champion at the National Show, Tenbury and Senior Male Champion at the National Calf Show in Bristol 2010.

Reserve Champion Ardmulchan Magic sold for €2,500 with breeder Catherine Smyth, Navan,  Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge) and Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President).

Roscommon man William Kennedy returned to Ballyforan with a heavy wallet as he brought home a total of €9,300 for his 3 bulls. Willie’s 16 month old bull, Feevaghmore Las Vegas was responsible for almost half the purse as he sold for €4,000 the highest price of the sale. This very stylish 16 month old sire, a son of the very successful Haven Kingpin, has a 5 star rating for both the terminal and replacement indexes’ along with an impressive calving difficulty value of 3.4%, which is lower than the breed average.

Top price bull Feevaghmore Las Vegas sold for €4,000 with breeder Willie Kennedy, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.

James Thompson from the very successful herd of Ballyraggan Herefords, Co. Carlow received the next highest price on the day for his bull Ballyraggan Pioneer 839th selling at €3,800. Sired by Ballyaville Fine Tune who is a son of Hollow Point Broker this bull scored 5 stars for terminal, docility and carcass weight.

Longford man JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords was another exhibitor who grabbed the attention of a number of buyers when it came to selling his bull Trillick Senior. This attractive sire scored 4 and 5 stars for the termianal and replacement index. Trillick Senior certainly took after his father, Free Town Hotspur who is recognised for his easy calving at 1.9%, with Trillick Senior scoring a value of 3.5%.Trillick Senior sold for €3,750 with breeder JJ Farrell, Co. Longford.

The society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matt Malone on his retirement. We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication through the years, we wish him all the best.

Presentation by IHBS Chairman Willie Branagan & President Liam Philpott to Matt Malone as a mark of appreciation by the society on the retirement of Matt Malone as GM.

An all Breed Event will be on the Saturday of the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (June 3rd).

It’s guaranteed to be a great day out with all aspects of animal showing discussed on the day.

Covering topics such as;
– Animal nutrition & health
– Healthy and safety
– Animal selection & training
– Grooming & showmanship

Starting at 10am in Tullamore mart.

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

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.


A successful day was had at the Hereford Spring Show & Sale in Nenagh on Saturday the 8th of April. Home sales continue to be the farmers preferred method of doing business, leading to 21 bulls arriving on the day which was about half the amount registered in the catalogue (41 bulls- 2 heifers). The glorious weather brought out a big crowd and Hugh Mulvihill did the rest as his charismatic sense of humor had buyers in good form and digging deep into their pockets resulting in a average of €3,100 being achieved on the day with a price range from €2,350-3,700 along with a 95% clearance rate.

Our judge for the day, Mr. Adrian Bateman from Co. Cork did an excellent job on grading the 4 classes, leaving our exhibitors happy with the results they achieved.

Padraig McGrath’s winner of class 4, Kye Harry 734 won champion bull on the day and sold for €3,600, and will now serve John Jones in Co. Wexford. Frank Harrington’s F.H. Star took the rosette for Reserve Champion, wih Barney O’Sullivan from Co. Wicklow becoming the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,400. However, it was Rory Farrell from Nenagh who gained the most interest from the crowd when his bull Ballinveney Superstar reached the €3,700 mark, with Nelson McCrabbe becoming the new owner all the way from the hills in Donegal.

Padraig McGrath with his Champion bull Kye Harry 734 sold at €3,600. Judge Mr. Adrian Batman.

Reserve Champion F.H. Star by Frank Harrington sold at €3,400.

Rory Farrell and family with their top priced bull Ballinveney Superstar who sold for €3,700.

Working back from the remaining classes we had Philip Smyth and his bull Ardmulchan Lunar winning class 1 and selling for €3,650 to Patrick Lane from Co. Limerick.

Catherine Smyth showing her Class 1 winner Ardmulchan Lunar.

John Canty won the second class with his bull Portanob Brutus selling at €3,000 with Michael Mulcahy from Nenagh becoming the new owner.

John Canty with his second class winner Portabob Brutus.

Finally, the winner of the 3rd class goes to Nigel Heatrick who can’t seem to enter a competiton without winning something at the minute. His bull Glaslough Red Rum sold for €3,050 and now resides in the Garden of Ireland with James Kavanagh in Co. Wicklow.

Nigel Heatrick with Glaslough Red Rum, winner of class 3.

Huge thanks to all who participated and helped out on the day, we hope to see you all at our Kilmallock show on Friday the 21st April. Pictures of other top priced bulls on the day are attached below for you interest.

Nigel Heatrick with Glaslough Ruler who placed 3rd in Class 4 sold at €3,550 to Coolacurragh Farms in Co. Laois.

2nd place in Class 2, Kilkeary Simba by Tom Fogarty sold for €3,500 to Patrick Hayes Co. Limerick.

Kye King 733 by Padraig McGrath sold at €3,400 to Patrick McMahon from Co. Clare.

Rory Farrell’s Ballinveney Scholar made €3,400 who will now head to Glenaveigh Farm Co. Tipperary.

Declan Lavin’s Forestview Laurence placed 4th in Class 4 and sold for €3,400 to Henry Stanley Co. Tipperary. 

Noel Allen came 3rd in the 1st Class with his bull Gurtlabawnpoll 1 Jake selling at €3,000 to Thos Casey Co. Tipperary.