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The Hereford – The Greatest Breed on Earth!

Former Hereford breeder from Hereford in the UK; T. John Vaughan, has just finished writing a 416 page X A4 book entitled; ‘The Hereford, The Greatest Breed on Earth’ .

It is nearly 60 years since John judged at the RDS in Ballsbridge and he also judged in Carrick-on-Shannon along with hosting and entertaining Irish Hereford breeders on several occasions over the years.

John also sold his home bred stock to Irish breeders on occasion including; David Carroll of UDEL Herefords who bought ‘Vorn 1 Just The Job’ – who was twice Royal Dublin Male Champion and 15% of UK Herefords still carry his blood.

John previously wrote ‘Bovine Showbiz’ which sold 5,000 copies and now there are just six left on the shelf. John said he “wrote it in 10 days and it was printed in another two weeks. I thought it was a doddle producing a book. But ‘The Hereford’ has been ten years in the making and virtually every day in the past twelve months.”

The manuscript is scheduled to be printed and ready for dispatch the first week of December. The retail price is €60 + PP.

Click here to see the preview Trailer!

This is very exciting as the book details where the breed began right through all of the developments, ups and downs that have happened to and within the breed right back as far as the early 1800’s and right upto today! It is the perfect learning point for breeders and all Hereford breeders will agree it is aptly titled.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing a copy can do so by emailing their interest to and the Society will look after all orders from there.

Coisceim Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale

Coisceim Herefords held their dispersal sale in Kanturk Livestock Mart on Tuesday 27th October 2020.

The sale consisted of cows, calves and heifers making this the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting up their own pedigree Hereford herd or any established breeder interested in introducing new bloodlines to their herd.

The sale was held fully online as the entire country moved to a level five lockdown just one week before this date. This meant that no purchasers were allowed to bid around the ring. Viewing of the cattle was allowed during a set time and all buyers had to purchase their stock online away from the mart.

Despite these trying times and awkward circumstances, the sale went quite well with a full clearance and an average price reached of €2058.

Top price was €2800 for Coisceim Kit whose genetics go back to the Quinsboro Rose and Meiltron Leisure lines. This 2018 born heifer is due to calve her first calf this November and is carrying to Lisnalurg Celtic.

Coisceim Kandi made the second highest price of €2700. This 4 star, 2018 heifer, which was bred from Tullaha Raindrop, was a junior heifer prize winner at Tullamore Show. Kandi is also due to calves in November to Lisnalurg Celtic.

Coisceim Minnie, an April 2020 born heifer calf sold for €1500. Minnie is bred from Gurteragh Linsey; a herd show cow who has won many prizes including the Champion at Bantry Show 2018 , Ballyroe Show 2018 and 2nd in the Senior Cow class at Tullamore Show 2018 & 2019. Guerteragh Linsey, born in 2011 & bred from Gurteragh Gladiator was sold for €1850.

Gurteragh Linsey
Gurteragh Linsey with her March born bull calf at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore Show 2019.

New Star Allegra, a 4 star cow sold for €2500. This top quality cow with great milk has been consistently producing quality stock. Sired by Gurteragh Justice, who was Munster bull of the year 2014, Allegra is due to calve in late December 2020 to Lisnalurg Celtic.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to wish Tim Breen the very best in the future & wish all purchasers the very best with their stock.

Up Next!

Tullamaine Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale will take place on 9th December in Cashel Mart at 2pm. Entry to the mart will depend on the restrictions on the day. Keep an eye out on the Irish Hereford Website for further updates closer to the time. Full catalogue will be available shortly.

80% of Hereford Heifers & 64% of Hereford Bullocks slaughtered off grass.

There was positive news for the Herefords last week after the Irish Farmers Journal published the current data from their THRIVE – Dairy Calf to Beef Programme in their newspaper dated 31st October 2020.


The Irish Farmers Journal Thrive – Dairy Calf to beef Programme aims to demonstrate best practice for producing dairy calf to beef calves through the use of higher genetic merit AI sired beef calves along with focusing on a high level of efficiency in on farm nutrition and animal health.

The demonstration farm is located in Cashel, Co. Tipperary,  with 140 calves reared each year and being brought to slaughter between the ages of 18 to 21 months. The target for heifers is to slaughter at 275kg and at 19 months of age and the target for bullocks is to slaughter at 300kgs, at 19 months of ages also. The core aim on the farm is to slaughter as many of the 140 cattle as possible at the end of the second summer grazing period to avoid extra winter feeding costs. There have currently been 64 (2019 born) cattle slaughtered from the group to date.

There are four breeds in the trial; Hereford, Angus, Limousin & Belgian Blue.

Finishing Period

To date, non of the Belgian blues have been drafted for slaughter and are in fact being housed early to try to get them finished. This is compared to 80% of the Hereford heifers which have already been slaughtered off grass along with 64% of Hereford bullocks having been finished off grass also.

The farm has paid €100/head more for Belgian blue calves compared to Hereford-sired calves.

Meal was introduced to finishing stock at grass from 1st August to heifers over 470kgs and bullocks over 490kgs only. The rest began meal feeding on 9th September. A four way mix is being fed across the board incorporating; barley, maize, soya hulls and distillers. The mix has an energy value of 0.95 UFL and a protein content of 12%. Heifers are being fed 3kg/day and bullocks are being fed 4kg/day.

Meal intake is lowest for the Hereford heifers at an average of 171kgs. Hereford bulls are also at the lowest end of the scale with 233kgs compared to Angus and Limousin.

Carcase Performance

The average slaughter weight for Hereford heifers was 532kgs with the average price being paid of €3.82/kg after a base price of €3.65/kg, quality assurance bonus of €0.20/kg and the Irish Hereford Prime breed bonus of €0.10/kg also. This average price was the highest average price paid for heifers across the three breeds. This translates to a carcase value of €1038 after a kill out percentage of 51.1%.

The average carcase weight for Hereford bullocks was 316kg. The base price for all bullocks was €3.60/kg and after the Quality assurance bonus of €0.19/kg and the Irish Hereford Prime breed bonus of €0.10/kg, the average price paid for Hereford bullocks was €3.74/kg, leaving an average carcase value of €1182. The Kill out percentage was 52.2%. The Hereford bullocks were also the best performing breed at finishing off grass, achieving over 1.04kg/day.

It is well known that Herefords are a sustainable choice; being an early maturing breed, they are much easier & quicker finished for slaughter off grass, without much extra feed needed and thus saving money. These results are the proof of the pudding and show just how well Hereford cattle are suited to a low cost, grass based system.

The Society are looking forward to the next round of results from this trial & value the research being carried out.

***All findings in this report are copied form the Irish Farmers Journal Newspaper, Article on page 33, dated 31st October 2020***

Picture credit: Jeff Harvey

West Cork takes the top of the town at the Autumn Sale in GVM Kilmallock 2020

The final Autumn Hereford Sale took place in GVM Kilmallock last Friday 23rd October. A number of double entered bulls which were sold the previous week in Tullamore along with a number of private sales led to a total of 19 bulls appearing on the day out of the catalogued 27. Of the 19 exhibited, 9 were sold leading to a clearance rate of just shy of 50% and a combined average price of €2,190 which was reflective of the sudden National Lockdown that came into effect earlier in the week & the strict restrictions around access to view the bulls in the mart & having to bid online which all proved to be hurdles for this sale.

However, despite the unfavourable sale conditions, 50% clearance rate is significantly up on the same sale last year and very respectable considering the wider circumstances.

West Cork breeders; the Lynch Family of Droumdaniel Herefords took home the top price of the day for Lot 27; Droumdaniel Captain. This 5 star Terminal bull was sired by Brocca Kieran & home bred from Droumdaniel Delia 12th, with his page full of stars was sold to Co. Limerick for €2900. Captain, being the top performing bull in the herd; is a full brother to Droumdaniel Devine who placed second in the Tullamore Show, Champion of the Cork Summer Show, Reserve Champion in Dunmanway Show and also in the top five of the interbreed class, all in 2019.

Lot 27 – Droumdaniel captain sold for €2900

Further success for the West Cork herd came when Droumdaniel Chaser sold for €2300 to a fellow Cork farmer. This 15 – month- old bull has shown a great growth rate with little input. He is the bull that should put height and legs in his new herd.

Lot 24 – Droumdaniel Chaser sold for €2300

Clouncagh Herefords from Limerick took home the second best price of the day when Airhill Rory was sold to fellow Hereford breeders; the Dudley family of Kilsunny Herefords in Tipperary for €2500. This is a lovely quality bull with natural muscle and ease of fleshing and has proved himself already by having cows served. Rory is sired by Cill Cormaic Napoleon and bred from Airhill Luiseanna of the Airhill Hereford Herd in Wexford. Airhill Herefords held a successful reduction sale in September 2019.

Lot 19 – Airhill Rory sold for €2500

In spite of the current restrictions – There has been a positive outcome from both Autumn Hereford sales this year & even though normal circumstances were not available i.e. showing, washing, no buyers allowed around the ring etc, the outcome was much better than anticipated. A huge help was also down to the sponsorship by Irish Hereford Prime to the purchasers of the top five highest priced bulls which provided an added incentive to those interested in securing the top animals & proved very beneficial to breeders alike.

Lot 8 -Droumgarriffe Buddy sold for €2100
Lot 18 – Kye Rooney sold for €2100

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & the very best of luck to all purchasers & breeders.

Don’t forget to send in your entries for the National Calf Show 2020 via Full category & entry requirements available there also. All queries can be directed to Louise via e-mail at Entries close next Monday 26th October!

Tullaha Donny at €4,600 tops the Premier Autumn Hereford sale at GVM Tullamore

What a day for Tullaha Herefords from Charleville, Co. Limerick. The Tullaha herd of the late John Neenan who passed away so suddenly and unexpectedly almost a year ago provided the day’s top price of €4,600. Tullaha Donny selected from the herd to represent it at last year’s national calf show by John himself missed out on that event due to John’s untimely death.

The herd now in the hands of daughter Maura and her husband Tommy made no mistake in the preparation for Saturday’s event. This smashing 5 star Terminal, son of Rossmore Nelson Mandela out of the homebred Tullaha Stephanie was also fertility tested.  Once opened the bidding was spirited until the hammer dropped at €4,600. In fact, the underbidder had difficulty in gaining access to the bidding ring due to the cap on numbers around the ring. This fine bull has moved onto new pastures in neighbouring Tipperary.

Lot 5 – Tullaha Donny sold for €4,600.

It was a shining day for the North West of Ireland too with Ardstewart Eby Gum fetching the second highest price of the day of €3600. Ardstewart Eby Gum is sired by Cill Cormaic Prince 2 & bred from Borin Emma. This 5 star Terminal Bull is a tremendous herd sire with a pedigree to match; bred by the McCrabbe family in Donegal, he was purchased by a fellow Donegal farmer. It is very positive to see quality bloodlines remaining in that part of the country.

Lot 8 – Ardstewart Eby Gum sold for €3600.

K & M Diffley from Co Leitrim exhibited Duibhgiolla Lad a Blackwater Lad son, bred out of a home bred cow Duibhgiolla Marta which sold for €3,100 to a pedigree breeding herd in the sunny south east.

Lot 28 – Duibhgiolla Lad sold for €3,100.

Trillick Showman bred by JJ Farrell, Longford, is a bull with a lot of style along with having good indexes sired by Glaslough Rooney. This fertility tested bull sold to a pedigree Hereford Breeder in County Dublin on a bid of €2,900.

Lot 32: Trillick Showman sold for €2,900.

Beaghmore Pilot, an 18 month old Gageboro Morgan son bred by Leila McCabe, Carrigallen sold at a satisfactory €2,800 to Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

The top price for a heifer was paid for Appel 1 Savannah, a 5 star, Solpoll 1 Lawman daughter with excellent figures & from one of the best cow families of the Appel Herefords belonging to John Appelbe from Cork. This heifer, scanned suitable for breeding sold at €3050 to Dungannon in Northern Ireland – thus expanding this quality gene pool nationwide.

Lot 54: Appel 1 Savannah sold for €3050.

Padraig McGrath a regular exhibitor from Roscommon had Kye Holly 867, a 4 star heifer sired by Glaslough Rooney & bred from Kye Holly 684 on offer. She sold at €3,000 to a Tipperary herd having been pipped for the top price by a tight margin.

Lot 44: Kye Holly 687 sold for €3,000.

A number of bulls were sold at home by breeders in advance of the sale as some purchasers were uncertain if Covid regulations would change requirements in relation to travel, attendance etc. Amongst those were two five, star bulls Corlsimorepoll 1 Bradstock 028 & Corlsimorepoll 1 Henry 033 bred by Sean McKiernan, Co Cavan both sold privately off farm at €3,000 & €3,500 ahead of the Premier Sale.

Lot 2: Duibhgiolla Henry sold for €2,200.
Lot 9: Ardstewart Eggbert sold for €2,000.
Lot 20: Mullaghdoo Duke sold for €2,500.
Lot 31: Grianan Universal sold for €2,450.
Lot 33: Grianan Uncle Sam sold for €2,600.
Lot 10-: Corran Hill Geldoff sold for €2,400.
Lot 43: Glaslough Uptown girl sold for €2,600.
Lot 51: Kye Paula 874 sold for €2,300.
Lot 56: Appel 1 Dawn Break sold for €2,750.

In spite of the current restrictions – The Society are happy with the outcome of the Premier Autumn Hereford sale & feel that even though normal circumstances were not available i.e. showing, washing, maximum numbers allowed around the ring etc, the sponsorship by Irish Hereford Prime to the purchasers of the top five highest priced bulls provided an incentive to those interested in securing the top animals. Irish Hereford Prime will once again provide a similar incentive at Kilmallock to the purchasers of the five top priced bulls. Overall, exhibitors were well satisfied with the demand and clearance of stock.

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & the very best of luck to all purchasers & breeders.

The Society holds its final sale of the 2020 season at GVM Kilmallock this coming Friday October 23rd where 27 useful Hereford bulls will be put forward. The sale starts at 1.00 pm. Online bidding is available by contacting GVM Kilmallock in advance of the sale on (063) 98555. Full sale catalogue is available HERE!