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Meet the Young Breeders – Week 5: Conor O’Rourke

This week we met with young Hereford breeder; Conor O’Rourke from Ardlahan Herefords, Co. Limerick. Conor is 12 years old and a pupil at Kildimo National School. Conor has a passion for Hurling, Football & of course Hereford cattle. Conor is rearing a Hereford cross calf for the Irish Hereford Calf rearing Programme.

Ardlahan Herefords

Ardlahan Herefords started in 1997 when Paddy, Conor’s grandfather, bought three maiden heifers from Tom Hannon of Hannonstown Herefords. Conor & his brother Noah are now 3rd generation Hereford breeders & the herd has now built up to 12 Pedigree breeding cows.

The Farm & Herefords

Conor purchased his first Pedigree registered Hereford heifer this year from John O’Connor of Clouncagh Herefords. The heifer has calved down since with twins last August gone & Conor is excited to see the calves grow into potential breeding stock going forward. Conor will spend time online checking out bulls to cross with the Ardlahan cows and knows the names and star evaluations of almost every Hereford bull in AI. The O’Rourke’s also rear 50 Hereford cross heifer calves each year which Conor is highly involved in.

Conor was a big help during the National Hereford Show this year and was delighted with his day at the show.

Love of GAA

Along with breeding Herefords, Conor loves anything GAA and his beloved Limerick team. Conor travels to all the Limerick matches – he was in Croke Park when Limerick won in 2018 and he hasn’t missed a match since.

We wish Conor well on his journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting Conor, Noah & their calf in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.

Irish National Hereford Calf Show 2022

The Irish Hereford Breed Society and the North Leinster Hereford Branch are delighted to be able to host the National Hereford Calf Show 2022 on Saturday 19th November in GVM Tullamore at 9.30am.

Pease note changes have been made to the ages of the classes

Online entries only:

Entries this year will be fully online using the same system as last year. Entries open on Wednesday 5th October and will close at midnight on Friday 11th November. Entries can only be submitted via this link; https://itsplainsailing.com/org/ihbs#event-33291

Classes/Prizes & Entry Fee:


Class 1: Heifer calf born on or between 1st September & 31st October 2021.

Class 2: Heifer calf born on or between 1st November & 31st December 2021.

Class 3: Heifer calf born on or between 1st January & 28th February 2022.

Class 4: Heifer calf born on or between 1st March & 30th April 2022.

Class 5: Heifer calf of the future born from May 1st 2022 onwards.

Senior Female Champion – Class1 & 2.

Junior Female Champion – Classes 3, 4 & 5.

Overall Female Champion.

Class 6: Dairy Beef Index Class consisting of the Highest DBI merit Genotyped bulls entered in the show. Automatic entry.

Class 7: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female not weighing over 450kg on the day of show. (Prize money: 1st – €200 2nd – €120, 3rd – €80, 4th – €50, 5th – €50)

Class 8: Bull calf born on or between 1st September & 31st October 2021.

Class 9: Bull calf born on or between 1st November & 31st December 2021.

Class 10: Bull calf born on or between 1st January & 28th February 2022.

Class 11: Bull calf born on or between 1st March & 30th April 2022.

Class 12: Bull calf of the future born from May 1st 2022 onwards.

Senior Male Champion – Classes 8 & 9.

Junior Male Champion – Classes 10, 11 & 12.

Overall Male Champion.

Prizes for classes 1 – 5 & 8 – 12 as follows: 1st– €120, 2nd – €80, 3rd – €50, 4th – €25, 5th – €25. Entry fee: €15

Rules:

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.

2022 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition – Winners!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime organised the annual Hereford calendar competition once again this year and it turned out to be a great success all round.

The competition is now closed and the winners have been finalised and officially announced on the IHBS Facebook page. The public have voted and we are delighted to announce & extend Congratulations to all the 1st & 2nd prize winners of the individual categories & the Overall Winner of the 2022 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition!

Overall Winner & Category 2 Winner – The HEX Factor: “Don’t tell me I look a little Moo-dy today” by Cillian Murphy, Mayo

Category 1

1st Place: Herefords The Natural Choice – “Can a girl just eat in peace” by Michael Power, Tipperary

2nd Place: Herefords The Natural Choice – “Keeping it Traditional” by Sean Brett, Tipperary

Category 2

1st Place: The HEX Factor –“Don’t tell me I look a little Moo-dy today” by Cillian Murphy, Mayo

2nd Place: The HEX Factor – “Seeing Double” by Sharon Rothwell, Wicklow

Category 3

1st Place: Prime Beef – “Summer Treats” by Theola Heatrick, Monaghan

2nd Place: Prime Beef – “Prime Beef” by Annmarie Dunne, Kilkenny

Category 4

1st Place: Hereford an Environmentally Sustainable Breed – “Two of a kind” by Sean Brett, Tipperary

2nd Place: Hereford an Environmentally Sustainable Breed – “Happy Valentines” by Eoin Lynch, Cork

Congratulations to all the finalists & massive thanks & appreciation to all who entered photos and supported the competition.

All shortlisted entries that were presented for the public vote will now be compiled into a calendar which will go on sale in aid of Hooves4Hospice next month. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar in the post when they are ready and they will be available to the public to purchase from irishherefordprime.com.

Meet the Young Breeders – Week 4: John Cregan

John Cregan is 8 years old and is a second class student in Scoil Mhuire National School in Broadford Co. Limerick. John lives with his parents; Tommy and Maura Cregan, his brother Peadar and his sisters Ellie and Molly. The family run the Tullaha Hereford herd which was established by Johns Great grandfather, James Neenan in 1971.

John Cregan with his HEX Bull calf

John started going to shows at very young age with his late Grandfather John Neenan and he began to show cattle himself in the young handler class for the first time in 2022, winning several red rosettes across the Summer.

John was very successful in the show ring during Summer 2022

John loves all things farming but he has a special love for Herefords. John knows the breeding of many of the Herefords on the farm and keeps a watchful eye over new born calves especially. Herefords are an ideal breed for young John given they’re so docile and easy to handle.

Johns’ favourite past times include playing GAA, Showing Hereford cattle and supporting the Limerick hurlers. John had some very difficult decisions to make this summer as he would have to decide between going to a show on a Sunday or going to watch Limerick on their way to win 3 in a row. As a result of some good decision making, he ended up having a very successful summer both in the show ring and in Croke Park.

Johns’ chosen charity is The Jack and Jill foundation. Jack and Jill is a nationwide charity providing in-home nursing care and respite support for children up to the age of 6 with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay. This may include children with brain injury, genetic diagnosis, cerebral palsy, and undiagnosed conditions. Another Key part of the service is end of life care for all children up to the age of 6, irrespective of diagnosis.

John’s Hereford cross bull calf

We wish John well on his journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting them and in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.

Meet the Young Breeders – Week 3: Charlie & Adam McKenna

In this week’s Irish Hereford Calf Rearing Series – Irish Hereford Prime visited the farm of Adam and Charlie Mc Kenna from Glaslough, Co, Monaghan.

Adam is 10 and Charlie is four years old and they were selected by the Cavan/Monaghan Hereford Branch to rear two Hereford cross bull calves for charity. Father Padraic, is a full-time farmer who runs a 50 cow-suckler herd. Alongside the suckler herd, Padraic runs a turkey enterprise and runs a contracting business within the local area. Padraic said “when his first son Adam was born he was going to purchase a pedigree heifer” which led him to his journey of pedigree Hereford cattle.

Adam & his prize winning heifer at Tydavnet Show

Love for Herefords

Kerrie-Anne, Charile & Padriac on their home farm

The Glaslough herd is no stranger to the pedigree circles as they are very active at shows across the country and selling bulls and heifers at pedigree sales. The herd currently consists of 50 suckler cows, which includes 10 pedigree Hereford cows. The love for Herefords came from a very young age as Padraic always loved helping his grandfather feed calves. Charlie and Adam’s great grandfather suck-calf of choice to rear was the Hereford calf from the Friesian cow. The passion and love for Herefords is really in the blood.

The Mc Kenna’s farm has a very strict breeding policy currently in place. The Mc Kenna’s ideal cow type is a medium-sized cow, easy on the eye, soft fleshing, has enough milk to rear a calf and have a good pelvis to have a decent-sized calf. They choose pedigree Hereford cattle due to their docility of the cow and ease of management which was very evident on the farm. Herefords are the number one suckler cow choice on farm.

At the moment, Padraic has seen a huge market for Hereford bulls in the dairy herd as they are ticking all the boxes for dairy farmers. Dairy farmers are choosing Hereford bulls as they are easy calving, short gestation, a strong market for the calves and the bulls are robust for big cow herds. In the last few years, Padraic has seen more suckler farmers using a Hereford bull on their herd which is very positive for the Hereford breed. 

Charlie checking out his HEX calf

“Teaming up with Irish Hereford Prime to rear calves for charity is a great idea” – when Padraic first heard about it he was very keen on the idea of rearing the calves for charity. It’s a great way of raising much-needed funds for charity but it is also a great incentive to get Charlie and Adam interested in the farm as it is their project.

The Monaghan family have chosen LA519 as their charity which a Monaghan based non-profit organisation set up to raise awareness about suicide, work on suicide prevention and support families and members of the community who have been bereaved by suicide.

We wish Charlie & Adam well on their journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting them and in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.