Henry Dudley, Dovea, Thurles took up the office of President of the Irish
Hereford Breed Society on Monday July 1st.
Dudley’s Lakelodge herd has since its foundation had some considerable success
both in the showring and in the sale ring including a number of exports to
Northern Ireland and the UK. The herd is
founded on carefully selected lines mainly from the well- known Kilsunny herd
of Trevor Dudley brother to Henry who lives close by. The aim is for quality rather than quantity
and to supply bulls and surplus heifers for sale to breeders and commercial
the most notable herd achievements is the export of Lakelodge Storm 2nd
a Churchill Storm son purchased from Henry by a syndicate of breeders in the
UK. He has bred exceptionally well in several of top herds there since his
departure from these shores. Prior to
export he was Champion at the Limerick and Nenagh Shows. A regular exhibitor across the country Henry
had a string of successes with Lakelodge Queen Mildred 7th when a
heifer being crowned Overall Heifer Calf Champion at Nenagh where the cream of
the crop is exhibited.
a member of the Society’s Council Mr Dudley was the Irish Hereford Breed
Society’s nominee for the Hall of Fame Award in 2015. He has voiced concerns in
relation to the difficulty in introducing new and diverse bloodlines so
necessary to Pedigree breeders given the volatility of the star system used in
Irish cattle evaluation. The situation in relation to AI bulls in particular is
creating major difficulties and confusion for participants in the BGDP scheme
stalwart member of the Irish Shows Association he has served as chairman of the
Munster Branch of the Irish Hereford Society.
His time and dedication given to the development of the Nenagh Show
knows no bounds. Nenagh is now recognised
as one of the top shows in Ireland on the Hereford calendar. The 2019 event
will once again be on August Bank holiday Monday and he is currently busily
A tireless supporter of the Irish Agricultural Show he has a deep appreciation for the work it does in striving for and achieving excellence in all aspects of country life from arts to crafts to poultry, horses and particularly to excellence in cattle production. He is very appreciative of the government support provided this year and last year to the Irish Agricultural shows many of which are struggling to survive with crippling costs.
The 2019 Munster Bull & Female of the Year
contest came to a conclusion at Cappamore Show last weekend with an increased
entry present at the finals from last year. The summer-long competition was run
on a points basis with the final placings determined on the back of the results
obtained at Tralee, Charleville, Bridgetown, Newcastlewest, Nenagh and
Cappamore shows. The contest is designed to reward consistency over the summer
show season and also to encourage Munster Branch members to exhibit at local
shows in the province. There was substantial prize money on offer to the
winners across all sections and the competition was particularly fierce during
the early qualifying stages with over 60 Hereford entries present at several of
the qualifying shows.
The 2019 Munster Junior Bull of the Year title went
to Gerry McNamara & Family from Labasheeda, Ennis, Co Clare with their bull
calf, Churchcross Hurler. This bull was a dominant force for the entire summer
and won his class at all but one of the qualifying shows to realise a
near-perfect final tally for the year-ending Munster provincial championship.
This superb young bull also took the National All-Ireland bull championship at
the National Hereford Show, Tullamore, the Slaney Foods International junior
male championship at Gorey and the overall supreme breed championship &
junior bull championship at the Longford Show & County Fair to name just a
few of his remarkable show achievements to date.
The 2019 Munster Junior Female of the Year was
awarded to Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co
Tipperary with their heifer calf, Kilsunny Lass Prim. Another familiar face in
the winner’s enclosure, this 12 month old heifer has secured seven 1st
prizes over the summer so far, most notably taking the overall junior female
championship at the Slaney Foods International Finals in Gorey in addition to
her Munster crown. This one is a full sister to Kilsunny Lass Nectar &
Kilsunny Lass Orchid who took champion and reserve at the Munster Finals in the
calf section for 2017 & 2018 respectively.
The 2019 Munster Senior Female of the Year was won
by Kilsunny Lass Orchid from Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea,
Thurles, Co Tipperary. The Kilsunny prefix is synonymous with success at
Munster level with the last three winners at both junior and senior female
level coming from the Kilsunny Hereford herd. This year’s recipient of the
senior title came in the form of the in-calf heifer, Kilsunny Lass Orchid who
took top points at every single qualifying show that she competed at and also
won 1st prize and the reserve supreme Hereford breed championship at
the Slaney Foods International Finals in Gorey as well as a total of seven 1st
prizes, three breed championships and two reserve championships too.
Well done to Colin Bourke, Tipperary, on winning the All breeds – under 17 years of age Young Handlers competition.
Well done to all the exhibitors who exhibited cattle
at the qualifying shows throughout the summer and the finals at Cappamore and
sincere congratulations to each of the winners.
Class 95: National Pedigree Registered Hereford Cow or Heifer with calf
at foot or scanned in calf Born on/between 01.07.2016 and 30.06.2017 (Sponsors:
Deverell Oil & Irish Hereford Breed Society – IHBS)
1. T & A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mount Temple,
Moate, Co. Westmeath. ‘Grianan Orange
R786’, IE361055850786, 5th September, 2016, Female, Sire: Grianan Freddy,
Dam: Grianan Orange M660.