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Irish Hereford have a brand new look!

Irish Hereford have a NEW LOOK.

Our refreshed new logo will from now on be appearing on our Irish Hereford merchandise selection which is available by clicking the below link and is supplied direct from Farm Wardrobe.

Watch this space for new items of merchandise that will be coming on stream in the near future!

Thinking of something special for Christmas? It is just around the corner so why not give them something you know they would love at https://farm-wardrobe.com/breed-societies/irish-hereford-breed-society.

Many thanks to Alison and the team at the Farm Wardrobe for all their help & hard work in designing this logo & supplying the merchandise to all our breeders and beyond!

Don’t forget our final Show for the year – National Calf Show will be held on Sunday 10th November at 10am in GVM Tullamore! This is a show not to be missed as breeders exhibit their quality Hereford & Commercial calves on the day. The Farm Wardrobe have also kindly sponsored two very special belt buckles for the winner of the Junior Young Handler class and the winner of the Senior Young handler class. Entries close tomorrow; Saturday 2nd November at 6pm so don’t miss out! Best of luck to all exhibitors!

Autumn Show & Sale in Kilmallock 2019

Judge: Coote Geelan.

The final Autumn Show & Sale took place in GVM Kilmallock last Friday 25th October. A number of double entered bulls which were sold the previous week in Tullamore along with a number of private sales led to a total of 30 bulls appearing on the day out of the cataloged 46. Of the 30 exhibited, 10 were sold leading to a clearance rate of 33.3% and a combined average price of €2,325 which was reflective of the tough year experienced by farmers. The recent poor weather conditions has left breeders considering purchasing a bull for their herd in the Spring time and thus reducing on-farm pressure for the Winter.

Despite the tough sale, quality was not compromised and one sire came out on top as producing successful stock; ‘Gageboro Morgan’ who sired the Champion, Reserve Champion & 1st and 2nd top priced bulls.

It was a successful sale for Butlerstown Hereford Herd with the judge, Coote Geelan, crowning ‘Butlerstown Ollie’ as Male Champion. This was a step up for the young breeder after winning Reserve Champion with ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ in the Autumn Kilmallock sale in 2018. This fine bull also delivered super results in the sales ring when he topped the sale by making a respectable €3300. ‘Butlerstown Ollie’ is bred from animals from 2 very prominent herds in the country; ‘Gageboro Morgan’ and ‘Kilsunny Lass Millie’, who also bred 1st prize winner bull at Ballygarvan Agricultural Show 2019: ‘Butlerstown Radar’.

Champion bull – ‘Butlerstown Ollie’ sold for €3300 with owner Shane O’Driscoll, IHBS President, Henry Dudley & Judge, Coote Geelan.
‘Butlerstown Ollie

Friday was another successful day for David Larkin of ‘Cill Cormaic Herefords’, after selling 2 fine bulls in Tullamore the week previous; ‘Cill Cormaic Quartz’ sold for €3000. This long bull was also bred from the famous ‘Gageboro Morgan’ and hombred by ‘CillCormaic Nadine’. He is a full sister to ‘Cill Cormaic Marvel’ who is in Dovea Genetics along with being a heifers calf, very easy calving & has heifers served.

2nd Top Price – ‘Cill Cormaic Quartz’ sold for €3000 with breeder David Larkin

Reserve Champion on the day was awarded to ‘Tooma Joshua’ who once again was sired by ‘Gageboro Morgan’ and homebred by ‘Tooma Taylor’. This fertility tested & quality bull was sold for €2500.

Reserve Champion – ‘Tooma Joshua’ sold for €2500 with handler Kevin McKeown, IHBS President, Henry Dudley, breeder, Michael Tierney & Judge, Coote Geelan.

Many thanks to Irish Hereford Prime who kindly sponsored €200 to each buyer of the 5 highest priced bulls in both of the Autumn sales in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 19th October and GVM Kilmallock on Friday 25th October, this is a huge support & encouragement to breeders both buying & selling.

Well done & the very best of luck to all breeders who exhibited, bought & sold.

Entries for the National Calf Show on Sunday 10th November will close tomorrow Wednesday 30th October. https://herefordmarketing.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/calf-show-2019-entry-form.pdf

Premier Autumn Show & Sale 2019

There was a large entry of 41 bulls and 25 heifers for the Premier Hereford Autumn Show & sale which was held in GVM Tullamore last Saturday 19th October. Judging these large classes was no easy task for judge Albert De Cogan, who executed the task flawlessly. There were some very strong bulls & top heifers presented on the day. Although a small sell rate, over 50% of bulls sold for over €3000 leaving the average price €3060. This was very much a breeder focused sale which is a healthy sign for the breed going forward as quality bloodlines were bought to enhance and sustain Hereford herds. Irish Hereford Prime kindly sponsored €200 to the 5 highest priced bulls sold on the day which proved a great support to breeders.

‘Balleen Wayfair’ topped the sale making €4000 for breeder Tom Brennan, owner of the long established Balleen herd in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Wayfair’ is bred from ‘Balleen Maeve 785 Et’ and sired by ‘Towra Brilliant’ who also sired Kilmallock Champion 2018 ‘Baleen Banjo’ who sold for €4000 during that sale & also sired Kilmallock Champion 2017.

‘Balleen Wayfair’ sold for €4000 with handler Eoin Sheehy.
‘Balleen Wayfair’

The judge drew out Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald’s bull ‘Griananpoll 1 Starman’ as Male Champion on the day who went on to sell for a modest €3000. ‘Griananpoll 1 Starman’ is bred from ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange M 661’ and sired by ‘Grianan Parker’ who has proven himself by siring quality stock for the pioneer Grianan herd to date including the top priced bull in the Premier Spring Sale last March 2019 ‘Grianan Showgun’ who sold for €5000 and the Nenagh Champion 2019 ‘Grianan cooper robin o 705’.

Male Champion – ‘Griananpoll 1 Starman‘ sold for €3000.

Cill Cormaic Herefords proved to have a very successful day with both of the bulls exhibited. David Larkin, of Cill Cormaic herd, Co. Offaly struck off on the right footing with lot no. 14 ‘Cill Cormaic Quinn’, bred by ‘Cill Cormaic Sally’ & sired by ‘Cedar Liam’; ‘Quinn’ is a full brother to ‘Cill Cormaic Marvel’ who is currently in Dovea Genetics. The 2 traits and fertility tested bull sold for €3500.

‘Cill Cormaic Quinn‘ sold for €3500. Joseph Larkin.

David Larkin’s success didn’t stop there – ‘Cill Cormaic Quigley’ is bred from a wizard cow; ‘Cill Cormaic Iris’ and sired again by the powerful and long standing Cill Cormaic sire; ‘Cedar Liam’. This Fertility & 3 traits tested bull passed out ‘Cill Cormaic Quinn’ as he went on to sell for €3800.

‘Cill Cormaic Quigley‘ sold for €3800. David Larkin.
‘Cill Cormaic Quigley’

Having enjoyed great success at numerous shows this summer including prize winner & Reserve Champion at numerous locations nationwide; ‘Kye Robert 829’ left the long standing Kye herd after securing €3300. This young bull was bred from ‘Kye Holly 644’ and sired by ‘Glaslough Rooney’.

Reserve Champion – ‘Kye Robert 829‘ sold for €3300. Padraig McGrath.

Great success followed the heifers exhibited on the day too with ‘Kilsunny Doreens Odette’ being awarded Female Champion. This fine heifer was a prize winner at the National Calf show 2018. ‘Odette’ is bred from ‘Kilsunny Doreens Ebony’ who has produced 9 calves in 9 years bringing untold success to the Kilsunny herd, who are no strangers to the winners enclosure. Being sired by ‘Glaslough Judge’, ‘Odette’ is the last daughter to be offered for sale thus being very valuable and was sold for €3300.

Female Champion – ‘Kilsunny Doreens Odette’ sold for €3300. LtoR: Edward Dudley, Henry Dudley (IHBS President) & Albert De Cogan (Judge).

Appel Herefords topped the heifer sales ring with ‘Appel 1 Superstar’ selling for a top price of €3500. This heifer is a star out of National Champion ‘Solpoll 1 Lawman’. ‘Superstar’ is just one of the many daughters produced by ‘Lawman’, all of which have proven to be great mothers and producing lots of milk.

‘Appel 1 Superstar‘ sold for €3500. John Appelbe.

Other prize winners on the day include;

‘Glaslough Unice‘ – 2nd prize – sold for €2650 with breeder Nigel Heatrick.
Ballyaville Leoline’ – 1st prize – bred by Joseph Deverell, Offaly. Handler: Ivor Deverell.
Knockmountagh Spartacus’ – 1st Prize -sold for €2800. Bred by Eamon & John McKiernan, Louth. Handler: John McKiernan.
LtoR: ‘Kye Harry 837‘ – 2nd Prize (sold for €2500) with Sinead Conry & ‘Reserve Champion – ‘Kye Harry 829’ with breeder Padraig McGrath (sold for €3300)
Mullaghdoopoll 1 Carl‘ – 2nd Prize with Basil Arnold.
Drumboypoll 1 Pixie Dust’ – 2nd Prize with Shane Kilrane.

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & the very best of luck to all purchasers & breeders.

Irish Hereford Prime will again kindly sponsor €200 to buyers of the 5 highest priced bulls sold tomorrow in GVM Kilmallock at the final bull sale of the year. The show will begin at 11am followed by the sale of 46 bulls at 1pm.

Irish Young Handlers working hard at the Premier Autumn Show & Sale 2019

Our team of Young Handlers; Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie were busy bees last Saturday at our Premier Autumn Hereford Show & Sale in GVM Tullamore. The team were on hand from early morning as they washed, dried, clipped, groomed & dressed animals right upto and beyond the start of the Premier Autumn Hereford Show.
Each of the team also led animals in both the Show & Sale for various breeders. The Young Handlers undertook this challenge by themselves and each of them performed admirably. All 4 Young Handlers pulled in as a team and worked hard until the very end and presented all cattle with great taste, showcasing their skills & talents while lending a helping hand.


The Society would like to thank all breeders who supported our Young Handlers – this experience is invaluable to the team ahead of competing in the Young Handlers competition at the World Hereford Conference in March 2020 where they will compete against teams from USA, Australia, UK, Sweden, New Zealand & Denmark! The teams will complete in various tasks such as clipping, preparing & grooming for showing, stock judging & leading cattle in the show ring.

Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie will be on hand at the National Hereford Calf Show on Sunday 10th November in GVM Tullamore to wash, dry, clip, groom & dress all calves for any breeders who wishes to avail of the service. They are also available to lead calves in the showring. For more information please contact the Society.

Entries for the calf show close next Wednesday 30th October so get your entry forms from our website: https://herefordmarketing.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/calf-show-2019-entry-form.pdf or by contacting the Society Office on 044 9348855.

National Hereford Calf Show Launch at the NPC 2019: Tennyson Eger, (Hereford Prime), Hugh P. Murray, Michael Molloy, Henry Dudley (IHBS President), Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman), Evelyn McKiernan, Pat McCarthy, Niall O’Mahony (Hereford Prime Chairman), Gary McKiernan, Tom Brennan & Martin Murphy.

Full Sale report to follow!

Many Congrats to Declan & Deirdre!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to offer a huge Congratulations to long time Hereford breeder & former Munster Branch Chairman; Declan Donnelly of the Clondrina Hereford herd in Lissycasey, Co.Clare and his long term partner Deirdre Cummins, also from Lissycasey who are to be wedded tomorrow, Friday 18th October 2019.

All at the Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to wish Declan & Deirdre all the best on the day and a lifetime of good health, fortune & happiness.

Declan Donnelly with ‘Clondrina 1267th’ who won 1st Place Bull born on or after 01/01/19 in Nenagh Agricultural Show.