The long standing and very successful Clonakilty Agricultural Show was held on Sunday 9th June 2019. Among the many attractions and exhibitions, there was a variety of great quality Hereford cattle on show on the day, in several different classes.
The results of the Hereford class in the show are as follows;
Champion: ‘Rossmore Nelson Mandela’- owned by John Neenan
‘Rossmore Nelson Mandela’ also went on to win the Interbreed Championship on the day.
Reserve Champion: “’Appel Dawn Break’- J & F Appelbe
Pedigree Hereford calf male: 1st – “Ringfort 1 Geoffrey”- Neil Twomey, Banteer, Cork – DOB 03/08/18, s: Solitude 1 Marshall 2nd – “Appel 1 Law maker”- J & F Appelbe, Clonakilty, Cork- DOB 03/09/18, s: S3109 3rd – “Springvilla James”- Robert & Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway, Cork – DOB 10/09/18, s: Kilsunny Goliath
Pedigree Hereford calf female: 1st – “Appel Dawn Break”- J & F Appelbe, Clonakilty, Cork- DOB 02/09/18, s: Law man 2nd – “Springvilla Violet 770”- Robert & Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway, Cork – DOB 12/09/18, s: Drumboy Jamie 3rd – “Hazel Grove Emerald”- Dermot Whelton, Leap, Cork- DOB 29/09/18
Pedigree Hereford Heifer Not Calved: 1st – “Hazel Grove Damzel”-Dermot Whelton, Leap, Cork- DOB 11/11/17 2nd – “Ballymartle 1 Sally”- Neil Twomey, Banteer, Cork- DOB 22/08/17, s: Solitude 1 Marshall 3rd – “Grianan Orange S847”- John Neenan, Broadford, Cork- s: Grianan Parker
Pedigree cow any age: 1st – Tim Breen, Kiskeam, Cork 2nd – Robert and Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway, Cork 3rd – Anthony Mccarthy, Banteer, Cork
Pedigree Hereford Bull: 1st – “Rossmore Nelson Mandela”- John Neenan, Broadford, Cork- DOB 28/03/17, s: Grianan King Kong 2nd- “Drumboy Jamie”- Robert & Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway, Cork- DOB 04/16, s: Kilsunny Goliath
Pair of Pedigree Herefords: 1st – Dermot Whelton 2nd – Robert & Tom Roycroft
Breeders and Buyers were both very well pleased with the day at the IHBS Annual April Show & Sale at GVM, Kilmallock.
What a day what a clearance. The day’s top price was €3,850 with an 85% Clearance and €2,485 average.
Three of the five bulls missed were the youngest at the sale and were possibly lacking the maturity required on the day.
The Champion Ballinveney Utube sired by Steil Gerard out of the homebred Ballinveney Pier a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter was exhibited by Rory Farrell & Family, Toomevara. Mr Farrell is a regular in the winners enclosure at this venue. Bidding was brisk immediately on entering the sale ring with a number of bidders competing to secure this well grown October born bull. A final bid of €3,850 secured him for his new owner.
The Reserve Champion Trillick Kracker a July born bull from the herd of JJ Farrell Longford who is also no stranger in the prize-winners at Kilmallock is sired by his stockbull the UK bred Clipston Squire S10. Out of Killoe Pam a Churchill Storm daughter he sold at €3,300.
1st prizewinner Clondrina 1220th from Clare men and father and son team Gerry & Declan Donnelly, from Lisseycasey exhibited Clondrina1220th a Gurteragh Justice son out of a homebred dam by Balleen Gilbert. This thick, long bull sold with a top bid of €3,200. The Donnelly’s also parted ownership of Clondrina 1234th a Farney John son to another Balleen Gilbert daughter Clondrina 1056th at €2,700.
The 2nd prizewinner Dominargle 1Dynasty 741 ET a polled Hereford bull exhibited by Michael O’Keeffe, Gurteragh, Newmarket, Co Cork sold at €3,100. This useful bull was sired by the Northern Ireland bred and out of Dominargle 1 Sydney 61.
Monaghan breeders Sam and Nigel Heatrick travelled the long journey with their Glaslough Tyson and sold at €2,700.
Some earlier sales were more mixed with many purchasers just not ready to buy. Thursday’s sale was a clear indication that the breeding season is gearing up and that the Hereford calf price advantage, extra weight at slaughter and Certified Hereford beef bonuses are factors in choosing Hereford.
Demand for Hereford continued at the IHBS April Show & Sale at Nenagh with demand well ahead of last year’s sale at the same venue.
Local breeder Rory Farrell Ballinveney, Toomevara parted with his Ballinveney United 2 at the day’s top price of €3,000 to Roscommon breeder Tom Mc Dermott. This was a very smooth easily fleshed son of Ballinveney Nigel a Yarram Star General son showing tremendous promise. Mr Farrell’s Champion Ballinveney Utube by Steil Gerard while bid to €2,900 failed to reach his reserve.
Cavan breeder Ivor Anderson with two bulls exhibited took home €5,200 to average €2,600 for his Corran Hill Email and Corran Hill Empire both by stock bull Glaslough Levi.
Long-time Hereford breeder Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan had the first bull into the sale ring his first prizewinning Ardmulchan Native by his UK bred stockbull Church Preen Galileo. He sold at €2,500.
Rathkenny Quercus a Rathkenny Okavango son shown by Clonmel men Richard & John Lawlor sold to Broadford, Co Clare at €2,500.
Padraig McGrath a regular exhibitor from Roscommon totaled €5,000 for his two bulls exhibited to average €2,500. Kye George 810 by Trillick George and Kye Harry 812 by Free Town Hotspur sold to separate purchasers from Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
Average for the sale was €2,350. Calf prices while not as high as last year still show a marked advantage for Hereford stock at the various marts throughout the country.
There were some 13 bulls absent from the sale with all but two of those sold at home in advance of this sale. Breeders report good demand on farm with a request from some purchasers that breeders hold on to bulls for a couple of weeks until the breeding season begins.
Next week’s Hereford sale at GVM Kilmallock takes place on Thursday as it is Easter week. There are 55 very useful bulls on offer.
Herefords experienced very good demand at Bandon given expectations, were that the most severe spring for many years has dampened demand across the country. In a week that the Co-Ops, the farm organisations and the Minister for Agriculture Mr Michael Creed have agreed an emergency plan to import fodder for hard pressed producers there is obvious agreement that there is a crisis.
Whilst late growth and fodder supplies were an issue in 2013 the extended wet period since August last and early housing added to the additional burden of cold and extremely wet ground conditions and increased dairy stock levels have on this occasion multiplied the problems.
There was a larger than usual crowd in attendance though some were there to buy on the day a number were there to measure the demand. Some buyers were anxious to secure a bull but were keen to make arrangements not to take delivery for another week or two in the hopes that ground conditions will improve. Many breeders are amenable to such an arrangement having a clear understanding of their customer’s dilemma.
The Champion Clyda Donacha was bred by John Cronin, Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Mallow whose son Ray exhibited him. Sired by the Dovea AI bull Moyclare Lieutenant (YLO) the dam Clyda Summer is a daughter to another Dovea sire Kilsunny Goliath known for his thickness and easy fleshing. At €2,950 he achieved the day’s top price.
The Reserve Champion Island View Batty was exhibited by Christy Mullins, Droumnacoppil, Bantry. A Skehanore Woody son out of Droumdaniel Sally 8th he unfortunately remained unsold failing to reach his reserve on the day.
Others to impress included Furaleigh Rory 1077 bred and exhibited by Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Fermoy. Ted is a regular and very successful exhibitor at Bandon and saw his Border General V85 son sell at €2,850.
Eugene Lynch and Family, Droumdaniel, Bantry secured €2,550 the eighteen month old Droumdaniel Barovsky a son of Droumdaniel Nicola 8th and by Allowdale Exceller. Gerard alaucey, Coachford another regular exhibitor at Bandon sold his Fortregal Donnacha at €2,450. Grancorepoll 1 Tim a Grousehall I Premier son exhibited by John O’Neill, Grancore North, Clonakilty was purchased at €2,400.
Overall breeders were very satisfied with the result on the day. It is clear from discussions around the ring that purchasers are very conscious of the premium of €60/€70 available for Hereford cross calves and of the substantial premium available at slaughter on finished animals for the Certified Hereford beef Schemes. Dairy farmers anticipate that Hereford bull prices will increase as the weather improves.
Slaney Foods International, based in Bunclody Co. Wexford, is celebrating after landing a deal to supply premium speciality Certified Irish Hereford beef to stores in the United States. The deal, facilitated due to their relationship with Lidl Ireland, was actively supported by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
Rory Fanning, Managing Director for Slaney Foods International adds: “Our partnership with Lidl Ireland is very special in terms of the leverage to develop new markets for our product. On a weekly basis we export to Lidl Denmark and we will have lines on the shelves of Lidl in Sweden, Belgium, Slovenia, Romania Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic this summer. Our relationship grew from humble beginnings, but Lidl was quick to spot the potential to further develop one of Ireland’s premium food products, grass fed Irish beef. We’ve been very grateful for the support from Lidl, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture in helping open up the U.S. market to us and we look forward to the American consumer getting a taste of premium grass fed Irish beef.”
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, commented; “This is an exciting time in the journey of Irish beef in the USA from initial access for primal cuts in 2015, to access for manufacturing beef in 2016 and the commencement of trade in manufacturing beef earlier this year. As Lidl starts the process of opening stores in the USA, today’s launch of Irish Beef to the retail market marks another key step in this journey. I would also like to pay testament to the great work being done by Slaney meats and their own focus and commitment to quality, sustainability and producing premium grass fed Irish beef.”
Bord Bia CEO Tara Mc Carthy congratulated Lidl on its confidence to bring the new taste of sustainably produced Irish beef from Slaney meats to U.S. customers. “ I am delighted that Lidl is illustrating its confidence in sustainably produced Quality Assured Irish beef in this most tangible way. Lidl Ireland as a verified member of Origin Green and as a significant exporter of Irish food and drink is a committed stakeholder of the Irish food industry.
The Slaney US announcement is an exciting new chapter in our relationship with the group.
The Irish Hereford Society congratulates Minister Michael Creed, Bord Bia, Lidl, Slaney Foods and all involved in this exciting new venture and wishes every success to Lidl on its entry to the US market and on its massive new headquarters in Arlington. This past Thursday, German supermarket brand ‘Lidl’ opened their first 7 stores in the Carolinas, including in North Carolina’s Kinston, Greenville, Sanford, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem, and South Carolina’s Spartanburg and Greenville. Lidl now has several new stores under construction around the Charlotte area, including in South End, Rock Hill, and Mooresville. In total, the company plans to open at least 100 stores across the East Coast by the end of 2018, creating over 5,000 new jobs.
A key component of the success of Certified Irish Beef in addition to those mentioned is the commitment and integrity of its farmer producers and also the dedication of Irish Hereford Breed Society members and cattle breeders who supply the genetics which ultimately contain the magic formula to produce great tasting beef that satisfies the taste buds.