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Hereford Photo Competition Winner 2020

Irish Hereford Breed Society & Irish Hereford Prime are delighted to announce & extend a Huge Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ; Aidan Wrynne with his entry into ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’ˆ๐’๐’“๐’š 3; ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’”๐’” – “๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’Š๐’“ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’๐’ˆ”!

A huge well done to the 5 other finalists and Category winners;

Category 1: Show Time -“Blood Red” – David Dolan

Category 2: Cheeky Chappies – Joseph lawrence

Category 4: The WhiteHead Cross – “When lunch costs you an arm and a leg” – Karina McLoughlin

Category 5: Cooking Time: “There will be no scraps left tonight” – Orla O’Dea.

Category 6: Why Herefords (Video Category) – Ross Bateman.

Massive thanks & appreciation to all who entered photos & videos and supported the competition the standard of entries was extremely high!

Coming up very soon is the North Leinster Hereford Branch Virtual Calf Show 2020 so stay tuned for more info!

Hereford Photo Competition 2020 Category Winners & Finalists

The public have voted & we are delighted to announce the Winners of each of the 6 categories of the ๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ are:

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ – ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ: “๐ต๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘‘” – David Dolan.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ – ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: Joseph Lawrence.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿ‘- ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€: “๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ท๐‘œ๐‘”” – Aidan Wrynne.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฐ – ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ – “๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘š ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘”!” -Karina McLoughlin

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฑ – ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ: “๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘“๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก”โ€“ Orla Oโ€™Dea

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฒ (Video Category) – ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป

Congratulations to all 6 winners & a huge well done to all entrants on setting the bar so high!

Now that the public have cast their votes for choosing the category winners, these 6 category winners will now enter the final stage of the Competition & 1 of them will win the Overall prize.

An independent panel of judges are currently working away behind the scenes and will announce the overall winner this ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐™Ž๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page .

Hereford Photo Competition 2020 is open to public vote!

2020 Hereford Photo Competition 

After the tough task of shortlisting entries for our independent Judge, Jeff Harvey – the Public Voting is now underway for the ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ – head over to Irish Hereford Facebook Page & cast your vote by liking the photo of your choice.

The photo with the most ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„๐’ 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 14th September.

Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.

Well done & a huge thanks to all who entered the competition – the very best of luck to the remaining entries!

The Shortlisted entries are as follows;

Category 1: Show Time.

“Grianan Orange U 877 showing how itโ€™s done” – Padraic McKenna, Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan.
“Blood Red” โ€“ David Dolan, Goldenred Herefords, Offaly
Nathaniel Shaw, Sessiagh Herefords , Tyrone.

Category 2 – Cheecky Chappies

“Few of the pedigree calves” – Lauren Curry , Amagh
“Is breakfast ready yet Mammy? ” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Calf Whisperer” โ€“ Niamh Bourke, Tipperary
“Boss Baby” – Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary
“Caoimhe age 4 delighted with her new calf Ginger” โ€“ Frances Byrne, Offaly
Joseph Lawrence , Wicklow

Category 3 – The Boss

“Stock Bull to our Pedigree herd” – Gurteragh Aristocrat 758 : Lauren Curry, Armagh
“Green Grass, Blue skys and one very handsome boss” โ€“ Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Hair of the Dog” – Aidan Wrynne, Leitrim
“Trevor is on heat detection this morning!” – Imelda Kinsella, Kilkenny
“Happy couple” โ€“ Hannah Murphy, Kilkenny
“Cool Dudes x2” โ€“ Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary.

Category 4 – The WhiteHead Cross

“A dose of Vitamin Bee!” – Theresa Oโ€™Leary, Cork
“Bedtime kisses” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Mona Lisa” – Mary Blennerhassett, Limerick
“THE HEX FACTOR” โ€“ Kerry Fylnn, Rossmore Herefords, Monaghan
“Have you anything nice for us?” – Jesse Deverell, Offaly
“Sisters Caoimhe age 4 & Grainne age 1 happily looking at their uncle Michael’s whitehead cattle” – Frances Byrne, Offaly
“Happy heads” โ€“ Edward Roe, Tipperary.
“Two is Better than One!” โ€“ Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Cork
“When lunch costs you an arm and a leg!” – Karina McLoughlin, Roscommon
“A Prime Boy” โ€“ Liam Corcoran, Tipperary

Category 5 – Cooking Time

“Marble on slate” โ€“ John Lynch, Droumdaniel Herefords, Cork
“Hand Selected 28 day dry aged Hereford strip- loin steaks. Hand selected and supplied by H.Murray” โ€“ Shane King, Westmeath
“There will be no scraps left tonight” โ€“ Orla Oโ€™Dea, Tipperary

Category 6 – Why Herefords?

This Category was a video entry only category and the judge has shortlisted 2 videos for the public vote. These are as follows & can be found on the Irish Hereford Facebook Page entited “Category 6 – Why Hereford” (There are 2 individual Posts).

Entrant: Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Riverstock, Co. Cork.

Entrant: Lar Fitzharris,Clonmines, Co. Wexford.

Remember – Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.

Katie Brady, shares an insight into the World Hereford Conference 2020 in NZ.

Katie Brady of Waterloo Herefords in Cavan, along with; Michael Barrett, Eoin Lynch & Sinead Conry, travelled to New Zealand in March 2020 to represent Ireland and compete in the Young Breeders Competition at the World Hereford Conference against teams from around the World, while being kindly sponsored by Slaney Foods International. Read Katie’s account of the experience below.

“If you told me this time last year, that I would of be chosen to represent the Irish Hereford society in New Zealand and while I was  there the whole world would go into a lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, I definitely would of told you that you were mad in the head.

I think the moment I was repacking my suitcase in the car in the M50 traffic from one that I had burst the zip on, an hour before doing last minute packing and having to purchase a new one on-route to the airport I knew it was going to be an experience of a lifetime.

After flying for over 24 hours, we finally landed in Auckland and not even realising my brand new suitcase wheels were broken could not have ruined my pure excitement of being in New Zealand

We soon made are way to the hotel that Eoin had booked, I think if it wasnโ€™t for his great planning  skills I would of spent the whole trip running from hotel to hotel last minute looking for a room. The first day was spent getting used to the time difference and in my case, buying another suitcase. Yes case number 3.

We only spent one night in Auckland before heading back to the airport to fly to the Bay of Islands in Northland. it was in the airport we first met some of the Herefords breeders. It was only a 50 minute flight which felt like nothing compared to the one we were after taking a few days earlier.

The Bay of Islands is truly breath-taking, I think it has some of the most stunning views in New Zealand. There was only about 30 of us altogether in that group which meant I got to talk and mix with everyone on the many farm tours and other activities from walking in Kauri Forests to Dolphin watching. Many of the farms were in severe drought and some of the first rain in many weeks came while we were there; it was stated that it was us Irish that bought the rain with us.

View from Matapouri Herefords
Katie,Eoin & Sinead visiting with the Shepherd family of Waimaire & Otengi Herefords.

After an eventful three days in the Bay of Islands it was time to fly back to Auckland. It was here we met many of the other people attending the conference. The next day many of the breeders went on the tour of the North Island while Eoin, Sinead, Louise and I headed south of Auckland to explore the North island. We spent a few days touring around and stopped at Craigmore Herefords while travelling, where we were treated to great New Zealand hospitality and enjoyable visit of their farm.

Eoin, Katie, Sinead & Daniel Henderson at Craigmore Hereford stud.
Craigmore Polled Hereford bulls.

We then flew to Queenstown where the main conference was held. It was also in Queenstown where we met all of the other teams of young breeders. First on the agenda was some bonding; go karting was the perfect way to start some friendly team banter and competition.

Full group of Young Handlers at Waiau Hereford Stud.

We then were loaded up onto buses and headed to Te Anau. When we arrived in Te Anau our team was completed with the arrival of Michael. The next morning it was an early start to travel to Waiau Hereford stud for the module day. We got our skills tested in 5 different modules including; fencing, beef cuts, genetics, animal health and agribusiness. Later that night was our quiz night where our general knowledge on agriculture was tested. It was an early start after a late enjoyable night, this time for our stock judging day. We were given the task of not only judging 3 groups of Herefords but also two groups of sheep and a fleece, this was something we were not expecting but we give it our best shot.

Sinead & Katie assessing beef cuts.
Katie, Sinead, Eoin & Michael working on their agribusiness test.

It was then time for us to travel back to Queenstown. It was here we had to give a team presentation on how we would solve the divide between urban and rural communities in our country. That night we attended the gala dinner with all the other delegates from around the world – this was truly a night to remember. The next day was the fun; a tourist day for the young members as we enjoyed a day of jet boating & visiting Locharburn horned Hereford stud before moving onto Wanaka in preparation for the next stage of the competition.

Michael, Sinead,Katie & Eoin ready for the Gala evening.

Then it was show day, well the day before the show but this was the day for us to meet our heifers for the first time and get used to them before the afternoonโ€™s clipping competition. It was very interesting to see how no two teams clipped their heifer in the same way, every country looked for something different in the animal and this was very clear in their clipping.

Katie grooming her chose heifer ahead of the Wanaka A&P Show.

The next day was the show day, all of the other members travel from Queenstown to Wanaka so it was good to see some of the people we had met in the last few days again. We also got to show our heifers that day at the show which we had been caring for and grooming. This was also a unique experience to see how all the different countries showing styles differed. This was an enjoyable day but also a sad day as this was the last day with all the other young members that we had become friends with. After one final night together we had to say our good byes. We made new friendships all over the world and we all have one thing in common, Herefords and the love of farming and breeding Herefords.

Katie showing her heifer in the show ring.
Katie showing her ringcraft skills.
Full group of Young Handler teams at Wanaka Show grounds.

The next morning we travelled back to Queenstown, it was a weird feeling as the bus was a lot more empty then it had been the previous week as a lot of people had already left to start their journeys home. We then flew up to Christchurch – we stayed there for three days. The main reason for visiting Christchurch was to visit Sliverstream stud so we could see Pute Nascar N13. This is the bull which semen is now available in Ireland to Irish Hereford breeders via the Breed Improvement Scheme. It was well worth the trip as he is a very impressive bull.  Again, the hospitality of the families in New Zealand was excellent and we were made to feel at home on these large stud farms .

Pute Nascar N13
Irish Hereford Delegation visiting with the Fisher & Smyth Family at Silverstream Stud.

I donโ€™t think these words give justice to New Zealand and the people of New Zealand and all the other teams from different countries. If I was to write every detail about it I would have a book, I just know that this was a once in a lifetime trip that I will remember and treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Slaney foods International and all of the breeders that gave us sponsorship for our travels. To my teammates; Sinead, Eoin and Michael, it was a pleasure and honour to represent the Irish Hereford team 2020 with you and special thanks to Louise for all her guidance and help along the way and all her assistance in making this trip such a special experience.

Team Ireland in New Zealand 2020.

Aliehs Hereford Herd Reduction Sale 2020

Aliehs Herefords are presenting Registered Pedigree Hereford Cows with calves at foot, In-Calf Cows & Maiden heifers for sale in Kanturk Livestock Mart on Tuesday 25th August at 2pm in conjunction with the weekly sale.

Timmie & Sheila Oโ€™Sullivan will present the following quality Hereford cattle for sale;

  • 5 x Cows with calves at foot;
  • 4 x Cows in calf
  • 4 x Maiden heifers (4 & 5 star).

All cattle are available for viewing between now & the sale on farm by appointment only.

Cattle will also be available for viewing from 11am in Kanturk Mart on the morning of the sale – 25th August 2020; pens marked no. 32 โ€“ 39.

All cows & heifers are Genomic tested with many of them eligible for the BDGP Scheme.

Timmie & Sheila can be contacted by phone to make viewing appointments or in relation to any other queries about the sale via;

House Phone; 068 44125

Mobile Phone; 0872 250210

Please note; Mobile phone coverage varies on the farm & contacting via the house phone may be a more suitable option.

This is an ideal opportunity for any breeder interested in expanding their herd of Pedigree Registered cows or equally anyone who is interested in starting their own Hereford Herd.

The Society would like to wish Timmie & Sheila the very best of luck with their sale & wish all buyers the best of luck with their purchases.

The Full Sale Catalogue is available HERE!