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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.

Premier Autumn Show & Sale in Tullamore with a helping hand!

The Premier Autumn Show and Sale will take place on Saturday 19th October in GVM Tullamore with a large number of quality stock for sale including; 41 bulls & 25 heifers, all of which have been inspected. The show will begin at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm.

This year, there is a new development afoot for the Premier sale; our team of 4 Young Irish breeders who will represent Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020 are hosting a grooming station in GVM Tullamore on the morning of the show and sale. Eoin, Katie, Michael & Sinead will be on hand to dress and groom cattle for any breeder that wishes to avail of the service. The team will be available to wash, dry, clip, brush & apply soap and other products from early that morning.

Eoin Lynch, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Michael Barrett at the the NPC 2019.

This idea was initiated by the team who are using initiative & drive to prepare for the Young Breeders Competition that they will compete in as part of the Conference. The Irish team will compete against teams from across the globe including; Australia, Denmark, Sweden, USA, UK and New Zealand, where each team will be responsible for preparing cattle for showing and leading them in the show ring. There will also be clipping & stock judging competitions for each team.

With the showing season well wrapped up and few opportunities left to practice their skills, Eoin, Katie, Michael & Sinead feel this is an opportunity not to be missed on their part to improve their skills and gain as much practice dressing & preparing cattle for showing as possible as well as being an opportunity for breeders to avail of a helping hand.

The Young Breeders will also be on hand to lead any animals during the show ànd/or sale and help in any way possible during the day.

The catalogue for this sale is now available (below) on our homepage & the Catalogues page of our website. There will be a Sale preview published on http://www.showstock.ie and all breeders are welcome to add photos or videos of their cattle to this preview by sending them onto ShowStock either through their Facebook page, e-mailing showstockie@gmail.com or texting them on via Whats App on 0894715249 or you can send them onto the Society and we will forward them on.

Also at this sale, Certified Irish Hereford Prime are kindly sponsoring the buyers of the top five highest priced bulls at the sale with a €200 voucher towards the purchase of their bull. 

Don’t forget Kilmallock Show and Sale will also take place the following Friday 25th October; show starts at 11am & sale will begin at 1pm with a total of 46 bulls entered. Certified Irish Hereford Prime are also kindly sponsoring the buyers of the top five highest priced bulls at this sale with a €200 voucher towards the purchase of their bull. 

Ballymartle Full Herd Dispersal sale

Opportunity knocked last Saturday 28th September in Bandon mart with a full herd claearance for Ballymartle Hereford herd.

Great value was purchased by breeders from across the country including Northern Ireland.

Over 90 lots of super polled & horned cattle were auctioned off in record timing including; Cows with calves at foot, cows separately, Calves separately, maiden heifers, Young bulls & 2 stock bulls.

Top quality bred cows and calves sold both in pairs and alone resulting in good prices for both cows and calves i.e.

Lot 3: Calf sold for €1300.

Lot 7: Cow and calf sold for an impressive €2650.

Lot 8: Cow sold for €1900.

Lot 25 – Cow sold for €1750 & her calf sold for €1420.

Lot 65 – Maiden heifer sold for €2070.

Those are just some of the prices that were paid on the day. Good quality and well bred & looked after cattle are moving onto new homes to start the next chapter of enhancing other breeders herd and developing their genetics. This sale was a marvelous opportunity for both Hereford breeders and non-breeders alike to build their herds and introduce first-rate genetics and all stock will no doubt do their jobs well.

Many thanks to all who supported the sale, Bandon mart for hosting the sale and all of the volunteers who helped out on the day of the sale to ensure it ran smooth. The Society would like to wish William O’Brien & family all the best for the future!

Calf Show Launch 2019

Irish Hereford National Calf show was launched last Wednesday 18th September at the National Ploughing Championships by our very own President, Henry Dudley, along with fellow breeders, members of the North Leinster branch & members of kind sponsors Hereford Prime.

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.

The Society are looking forward to another successful Calf show which will be held on Sunday 10th November in GVM Tullamore. The judging will begin at 10am in the GVM Show arena with a variety of classes that have been revamped this year to suit all breeders, both pedigree & commercial, which can be found in the show schedule below and through the link ;

https://irishhereford.com/about/calf-show-schedule-2019/

Class 1: Young handlers aged under 14 years old on the day of the show.

Class 2: Young Handlers aged between 14 & 21 years old.

Class 3: Heifer calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Class 4: Heifer calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.

Class 5: Heifer calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Class 6: Heifer calf born on or between 15th March 2019 & 14th May 2019.

Class 7: Heifer calf of the future born from 15th May 2019 onwards.


Class 8: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female not weighing over 450kgs on the day of the show.

Class 9: Bull calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.

Class 10: Bull calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.

Class 11: Bull calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.

Class 12: Bull calf born on or between 15th March 2019 & 14th May 2019 .

Class 13: Bull calf of the future born from 15th May 2019 Onwards.

This event, as always, promises to be a real treat for breeders to showcase their young stock, both pedigree and non-pedigree and it is the ideal way to mark the end of a busy year. Entries are now open and can be completed by submitting the below entry form to Robert Jones by the latest 30th October. Entry address, payment details & entry requirements are all on the form; https://irishhereford.com/about/calf-show-2019-entry-form/

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.

Irish Hereford Travel Bursary to New Zealand Winners 2019.

The finale of our Travel Bursary competition was held last Wednesday 18th September with each of the 10 finalists sitting an earnest interview with Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme. Thomas questioned the Young Breeders on their knowledge of the Hereford breed, the challenges facing the breed and how would they promote the breed in New Zealand as well as to dairy farmers at home. The interviews carried out over a microphone on front of a large public audience which was no easy task for our 10 candidates but that did not phase any of them. Each candidate spoke clearly and competently and gave very thoughful and knowledgeable answers. Across all stages of the competition; each of the 10 finalists showcased their talent, competency & enthusiasm which drove the standard very high and left a very fine line between all 10 competitors, leaving it no easy task to choose just 4 winners.  Each candidate should be very proud of themselves.  Their effort in completing all the stages of this competition is commendable.

Katie Brady, Mark Stewart, Sinead Conry, Michael Barrett, Clodagh Lynch, Eoin Lynch, Louise Callan (IHBS Breed Development Officer), Henry Dudley (IHBS President), Marika Mahon (Slaney Foods), James Thompson, Ross Bateman, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Catherine Smyth, Thomas Duffy (Macra na Feirme President), Willie Branagan (IHBS Chairman).


The Irish Hereford Travel Bursary winners, who  will represent Ireland at World Hereford Conference Young Breeders Competition in New Zealand in March 2020 are;

Eoin Lynch, Co. Cork.

Michael Barrett, Co. Cork

Sinead Conry, Co. Roscommon.

Katie Brady, Co. Cavan.


Reserve Winners: Clodagh Lynch, Co. Cork & Catherine Smyth, Co. Meath.

The Society is delighted to have such competent young breeders coming on stream which are more than capable to sustain the future of the Hereford Breed. The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped out with the competition including Grianan Herefords & Bandon Mart who facilitated the workshops; Grianan Herefords & Gurteragh Herefords who provided cattle and Anselm Fitzgerald & Peter O’Connell who demonstrated cattle dressing and showing skills. A huge thanks also to Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme, for carrying out & interviews. Finally we would like to thank our sponsors Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland without whom this competition would not be possible. We wish all our Young Breeders the greatest of success going forward and look forward to working with them in the future.

4 Young breeders who will represent Ireland at WHC2020 in New Zealand: Eoin Lynch, Sinead Conry, Katie Brady & Michael Barrett.