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 second Elite Genetics Production Sale took place last Saturday 4th September at 3pm in GVM Tullamore. This sale was a prime opportunity for existing and new breeders alike to acquire new blood lines into their herd. The sale included 33 heifers and two lots of embryos being auctioned from; Balleen Herefords – Kilkenny, Corlismore Herefords – Cavan & Trillick Herefords – Longford.
There was a strong interest in the lots from buyers both sides of the border with a good in person & online presence. Of the 33 lots, 28 were sold on the day including the embryos. The average price for the 26 heifers sold was €2850/head.
The top of the town was Lot 7: Balleen Pansy 51222, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. This March 2020 born heifer was sired by Highhedges Ripsnorter and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic dam. Described by Tom as their ‘star lot’ – Pansy did not disappoint when she was sold to a Louth breeder for €6,000.
Tom also sold the second top priced heifer of the day with a Gageboro Eugenic granddaughter & Cill Cormaic Leo daughter; Balleen Ceci 1204. This February 2020 born heifer sold to a fellow Limerick breeder for €4500.
Balleen Yoko 1189 is a Highhedges Ripsnorter daughter, from the Balleen Yoko line which is the oldest line in the herd and possibly dates back to 1932. This October 2019 born heifer has a four star replacement value and 5 stars for milk and was sold for €3900.
There was great success for the McKiernan family of Corlismore Herefords when only their second lot into the ring sold for €4000. Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 078 is an outstanding Panmure 1 Henry daughter with a four star replacement index. This January 2020 born heifer is a grand-daughter of the famous Udel 1 Sydney Gem, who produced three National show champions to date.
There was a fancy for Corlismore heifers from one particular Dublin breeder who before purchasing Corlsimorepoll 1 Sydney 078, also purchased the first heifer from the McKiernans on sale; Corlismore Honesty 072 for €3300. This outstanding heifer was bred by the 2018 National Hereford champion; Dynamite. She was served in June and has held in calf to Allowdale Rory 594.
Another Dynamite heifer that sold very well for Corlismore was lot 26: Corlismore Oyster 097. This June 2020 born heifer has massive potential for a show heifer which didn’t go unnoticed by a Wexford breeder who purchased the heifer for €2800.
JJ & Ciaran Farrell of Trillick Herefords also had a very successful sale of heifers on the day with in particular their first lots into the ring. Lot 6: Trillick Pet sold for €3200. Pet is a super heifer full of quality and scanned in calf to Trillick new herd sire; Corlismore Commander.
Lot 9: Trillick Cleo was a November 2019 born heifer, sired by Freetown Nevada. Cleo is a heifer with great style, bred from a dam who is a consistent breeder in the Trillick herd. Cleo was also scanned incalf to Corlismore Commander and was sold to North of the border to a Tyrone herd for €3200 also.
Trillick’s first lot into the ring was Trillick Gemma as lot 3. Sired by Glaslough Rooney – Gemma is a heifer with great pedigree on both sides. This April born heifer is scanned in calf to Pulham Ranger and due to calf on 1st December. Gemma was sold to a Cavan herd for €3000.
The sale was a huge success all round and a credit to the three breeders involved. The society would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Brennans, McKiernans & Farrells on the running of such a successful sale for the second time running. Many thanks also and well done to all involved in the sale including GVM Tullamore, Tom Cox as auctioneer and all the volunteers on the day.
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.
After the tough task of shortlisting entries for our independent Judging panel – the Public Voting is now underway for the 2021 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition – head over to Irish Hereford Facebook Page & cast your vote by liking the photo(s) of your choice.
The photo with the most 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄𝐒 overall for each category will be crowned the Category Winner & will be in with a chance of winning the Overall Prize!
Each Category of the competition has been posted singly on Facebook to ensure each entrant gets a fair chance at the public vote.
Everyone is welcome to vote & Voting ends next Thursday 2nd September.