Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the best advice available from the Government & the Health Service a decision has been made to CANCEL the upcoming Hereford Show & Sales including;
Premier Show & Sale – Tullamore Sat 28th March.
Nenagh Show & Sale – Wednesday 8th April.
Kilmallock Show & Sale – Friday 17th April.
A decision has also been made to close the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s offices for Health & Safety reasons from today until further notice. Government and Health Service advice will be noted prior to reopening.
Please note that allowances will be made for late notification of Calf Registrations over the closure period. Please check https://irishhereford.com/news/ & Facebook for updates.
Eoin Lynch (Team Leader), Sinead Conry, Michael Barrett & Katie Brady represented Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown New Zealand from 7th – 14th March 2020 and competed in the Young Handlers Competition. The Team competed against the best teams from around the globe including; New Zealand (2 teams), Australia (2 teams), USA, Denmark, UK & Sweden.
The week began for the Team with a day of team building activities with the other 8 teams including laser tag & go-karting.
The next day was down to business with module competitions including; Butchering, genetics & essay writing at Waiau Herefords. The crew were given a guided tour of the stud & competed in a quiz to end the day.
Monday kicked off at Monymusk Herefords with a farm tour followed by the Stock & Fleece judging competition before joining the Conference Welcome Reception. Each team had to deliver their reasoning behind their judgements.
Tuesday, the focus was creating & presenting a powerpoint on the ‘Rural/Urban Divide’ – an issue facing each country today. Each team were allocated the same amount of time to compile their points & then they delivered their findings & solutions to the entire group. The winning team then went on to present to the entire Conference; well done to team USA for a very interesting & unique Presentation. Each of the teams than joined the conference attendees aboard the TSS Earnslaw and onto Walter Peak Station for a gala dinner.
Wednesday was somewhat of a ‘Free’ day for the Young Handler teams – each of them went jet boating on Lake Wakatipu in the morning along with some free time to exlpore Arrowtown – an old time Mining town. In the afternoon they travelled to join the conference at Locharburn horned Hereford stud for a demonstration of scanning for intramuscular fat & a talk from Allflex tagging representatives on the use of their monitoring systems to improve the health & welfare of stock. The teams then traveled onto Wanaka to prepare for the rest of the week.
The focus of Thursday was stalling the heifers, choosing heifers for showing, preparing the heifers for showing & the clipping competition in the Wanaka showgrounds. This was a great opportunity for the teams to get hands on, delegate responsibilities and showcase their talents & skills. Each team clipped the heifers according to home cultures & it was fantastic to see the differences between each country. Again, each team had to deliver the reasoning behind the areas they clipped on the heifer.
Friday was D-Day – Wanaka A&P Show. Each Young Handler prepared their heifer & walked them in the show ring in their allocated class. There were 4 classes with 1 member from each team in each class. The Standard of the Young Handlers was very high & each of the Young breeders were very even in their skills & capabilities. This made for an interesting competition and a very hard job for the judge. The day finished off with the Hereford classes & prize giving.
Team Ireland worked hard all week – showcasing their talents, home culture & passion along with experiencing new tasks and learning new skills.
The team were a credit to both themselves and the Society & proved to be true ambassadors for Irish Herefords. This was an invaluable experience for our Young Breeders & they have made memories and friends for life along with learning new skills and learning about Herefords around the globe. The Irish Hereford Society would like to say a huge thanks to Slaney Foods International for sponsoring the team and making this dream a reality for each of them.
Well done to Team New Zealand on winning the Young Handlers Competition 2020.
The Society are hopeful this will be the beginning of something great for the Young Hereford breeders of Ireland and open up more opportunities for Young Irish Breeders.
Credit is due to all in the New Zealand Hereford Society, New Zealand Hereford Prime, Boehringer Ingelheim, PGG Wrightson, Allflex & all behind the scenes for pulling out all the stops and making this an incredible & opportunistic competition for all young Hereford breeders.
A huge thanks is extended to all who sponsored & supported the Irish Team along this journey including; Slaney Foods International, Clippers Ireland, Ballyjamesduff Co-op, Farm Wardrobe, Grianan Herefords, Gurteragh Herefords, Peter O’Connell, Cork Marts (Bandon), Balleen Herefords, Tynan Meats, Thomas Duffy (Macra na Feirme President), all Irish Hereford breeders. & all behind the scenes.
The Society are delighted to announce that our very own long standing Secretary; Larry Feeney, has been elected as the incoming Secretary General for the World Hereford Council. Larry will lead the Council for the next 4 years right upto the next World Hereford Conference which will be held in Kansas, USA in July 2024.
Larry has over 30 years experience as Secretary of the Irish Society & a wealth of knowledge & experience in both Irish and World Agriculture and in particular the Pedigree Breeding of Herefords. Larry has been more than dedicated and supportive to the Irish Society & the breed in general in his time & we know he will bring the same values to this new post & do a tremendous job.
We all wish Larry the very best of luck in this new role & look forward to travelling on this journey with him and the World Council.
Many thanks to the out going Secretary General – Jose Bonico, for all his help & hard work over the passed 8 years.
The Team of Irish Young Handlers were out and about again last week. Our kind sponsors; Slaney Foods International invited the team to their facility in Bunclody, Co. Wexford for a tour of the factory. The day began by meeting the Director, Rory Fanning who gave a brief overview and background of the factory and important pillars of business. Therafter, Dennis & Marika gave us a guided tour of the Factory, showing every stage in depth from where the cattle enter the lairage alive right through to Slaughter and onto boning before seeing the product being packed and sent on for further processing.
Huge thanks to Rory Fanning, Marika Mahon & all the crew in Slaney Foods International for all their help, sponsorship and input into this travel bursary and making this opportunity possible.
Many thanks is also due to Ballyjamesduff Coop Store for sponsoring boots to each of our Young Handlers; Katie, Eoin, Sinead & Michael ahead of the Young Handlers Competition next month. Thanks also to Farm Wardrobe for organising the fresh & eye catching uniforms. The team are now fully kitted out and ready to compete!
A shout out also to and huge thanks to Clippers Ireland for sponsoring our team of Young Handlers with a brand new clippers ahead of the clipping competition they will compete in as part of the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next month!
Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates on our teams progress & updates from the World Hereford Conference.