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Bandon Champion sells at €2,950

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.

Champion Clyda Donncha with owner Ray Cronin receiving the Appelbe Trophy from Society President and judges Pat McCarthy and son Patrick

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.

Reserve Champion Island View Batty with owner Christy Mullins, handler John Lynch and judges Pat McCarthy ( IHBS President) and son Patrick

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.

A large crowd watching the judging in progress at Bandon

Certified Irish Hereford Beef for Lidl US Supermarket Shelves

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.

Pictured at a recent meeting at Lidl Irelands very impressive new headquarters at Tallagh are sitting Willie Branagan, Chairman Irish Hereford Soc., Liam Casey, Comercial Director Lidl Irl, with standing L to R  Rory Fanning, Managing Director Slaney Foods Int., Larry Feeney IHBS and Enda Rabbit, IHBS.

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.

Certified Irish Hereford Beef – Natural Cattle for Natural Beef



Judge: Mr. Pat Sheedy, Clonakenny, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Great to witness such a strong turnout of Herefords at the first show of summer at Bandon.

Supreme Hereford Champion & Overall Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Lawman, John & Frank Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Male and Supreme Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman at Bandon with owner John Appelbe Judge Pat Sheedy

Reserve Supreme Breed Champion & Overall Female Champion: Kilsunny Lass Matilda, Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Kilsunny Lass Matilda Female and Reserve Supreme Champion Bandon Show

Reserve Male Champion: SMG Euro 30E, Veronica Brennan & Ray Hunt c/o Herberry Herefords, Ballyherberry, Dualla, Co. Tipperary

Reserve Female Champion: Springvilla Miriam, Tom Roycroft, West Green, Dunmanway, Co. Cork.

Senior Bull born before 01.09.2016
1st: John & Frank Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Solpoll 1 Lawman, 03.11.13, Panmure 1 Henry, Solpoll 1 Pansy
2nd: Veronica Brennan & Ray Hunt c/o Herberry Herefords, Ballyherberry, Dualla, Co. Tipperary
SMH Euro 30E, 08.05.09, SMH Casanova, Abelone Plum
3rd: Tom Roycroft, West Green, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
Corlismore Fire 606, Grianan Firecracker, Corlismore Betty

Cow, in calf or in milk, any age
1st: Tom Roycroft, West Green, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
Springvilla Miriam, Springvilla Roller, Ballyaville Alberta
2nd: Mary Pat Dineen, Lislevane House, Bandon, Co. Cork
Dunworley Goldie, 28.11.11, Bowmount Storm, Hazelfield Eileen
3rd: Tim Sheehy, Kilnahone, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork
Leamlara Jane 4, 22.11.14, Trillick Best, Leamlara Jane 2

Senior Heifer born after 01.09.2014 and before 31.08.2016
1st: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Kilsunny Lass Matilda, 19.11.15, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Gem
2nd: Adrian Bateman, Caraide House, Slieveroe, Riverstick, Co. Cork
Slieveroe Pandora’s Charm, 20.09.15, Trillick Best, Slieveroe Elsie
3rd: Dermot Whelton, Cullane West, Leap, Co. Cork
Hazel Grove Bella, 27.10.15

Bull calf born after 01.09.2016
1st: John & Frank Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Apple 1 Kaboom, 01.09.16, Solpoll 1 Lawman, Appel 1
2nd: Adrian Cronin, Rathcomane, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Rathcomane Caesar, 07.09.16, Kilsunny Goliath, Springvilla Astra
3rd: Veronica Brennan & Ray Hunt, c/o Herberry Herefords, Ballyherberry, Dualla, Co. Tipperary

Heifer calf born after 01.09.2016
1st: Tom Roycroft, West Green, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
Sprinvilla Miriam Duke, Oct 16, Knockmountagh Duke, Springvilla Miriam
2nd: Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Kilsunny Lass Nadia, 02.10.16, Cill Cormaic Marcel, Kilsunny Lass Josslyn
3rd: Anthony McCarthy, Gurrane, Banteer, Co. Cork

Report & Photos: Edward Dudley

Beefing up Support for Agricultural Students – 5 Bursaries to be Won


The Irish Hereford Breed Society, in collaboration with Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland are awarding 5 bursaries of €1,000 each to 5 successful applicants at the 86th National Ploughing Championships which will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from Sept 19th – 21st 2017.

“Given the outstanding success last year, which was the first year of the programme, all the supporters are keen to further build on that this year and into the future” stated Willie Branagan, Irish Hereford Chairman at the launch of the 2017 competition. The five winners from last year have been enjoying their time at college while furthering their agricultural education. It is expected that this year’s competition will once again create wide interest from prospective and aspiring agricultural students wishing to go to Agricultural College or study Agriculture at 3rd level in the Republic of Ireland this coming autumn.

Such students may have completed the Leaving Certificate, could currently be actively farming or may be actively involved in their local Macra club or other agricultural activity. A growing population across the world will require into the future sustenance provided by the agricultural community, creating increasing demands on land and water resources.  A highly educated new generation of producers and agricultural graduates will be required to ensure such demands are met in a sustainable way.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: Ireland’s Green Grass – Our Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow. Discuss (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 25th August 2017 to:

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday 11th September and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 20th September and be available to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.

Speaking about the initiative Rory Fanning from Slaney Foods International says: “Given the recent demand for the Hereford breed and the success of the multi award winning Certified Irish Hereford Beef, we are delighted to come on board and support the Society who have initiated the project.”

Commercial Director for Lidl Liam Casey says: “Hereford has quite quickly become a huge point of differentiation for Lidl and customers have responded exceptionally well to this premium product. We are delighted to support the Irish Hereford Breed Society and our supplier Slaney Foods International in offering financial assistance to 5 aspiring agricultural students.”

Photo left to right: Larry Feeney – IHBS Secretary, Rory Fanning – Slaney Foods Managing Director, Liam Casey – Lidl Commercial Director, Enda Rabbitte – IHBS & William Branagan – IHBS Chairman

For further details of the programme please see Terms and Conditions at  or download one of our leaflets Irish Hereford Bursary Competition 2017Irish Hereford Bursary Competition 2017

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In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855

Another batch of pedigree in-calf Hereford heifers depart for Russia

This week another consignment of pedigree in-calf Hereford heifers departed for Shulgino, Volokolamskiy, Moscow, Russian Federation. This group will travel a half-hour further east closer to Moscow than the group which travelled in April. Once again these were shipped through Hubert Maxwell and Co. County Roscommon. Son Michael said he was more than pleased with how the heifers had performed in quarantine over the past number of weeks and paid tribute to the Roscommon Department of Agriculture officials who oversaw the arrangements, carried out all of the relevant inspections ensuring that all requirements were met.

           Michael Maxwell getting the first load ready for departure.

The heifers of diverse pedigree from a wide selection of herds ensuring the inclusion of several differing bloodlines were chosen from herd’s right across the country. On this occasion there are one hundred heifers and one bull travelling. The journey will take eight days with several rest stops in their journey across Europe to ensure that the animals arrive in top condition. Given the comfort of the trucks and the cattle handling knowledge and expertise of the drivers (two to each truck) there is no doubt but that these heifers will arrive in comfortable good health as did the most recent consignment which departed these shores on April 25th last. The transport company on this occasion is ‘Elspeda’ the same company as previously and is based out of Vievis, Lithuania.

Quality in-calf pedigree Hereford stock heading for Russia.

Chairman of the Society Mr Willie Branagan who was on hand to see the heifers before departure and assist with the loading stated that he was very pleased with the quality of the group and that those breeders who had made heifers available from right across the country were to be commended. He was he said aware that a number of breeders had provided heifers of particular bloodlines that they might well have preferred to within their own herds but had made them available to ensure the success of the project. Having met with the Russian buyers when they were in Ireland with Mr Maxwell in January last Mr Branagan said he was confident they would be pleased with the heifers on arrival.

IHBS Chairman Willie Branagan assists Michael Maxwell with loading the stock.

Given the success of the partnership to date expectations are that a further larger consignment will travel in mid to late summer. The logistics of summer travel are currently being worked out as well as the necessary travel permits etc.

      Michael Maxwell raises the final ramp assisted by the Lithuanian drivers and cattle handlers