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15th European Hereford Conference Hungary September 2018

This is an informal gathering of Hereford breeders and associates from Europe and across the world which is hosted by a different European country every four years.  I n 2014 the event was hosted by the Swiss Hereford Association. The event in 2018 will be hosted by our friends in the Hungarian Hereford Association which looks after the fast growing population of pedigree Herefords in Hungary and its members.

At the closing ceremony in Switzerland 2014 Dr Istvan Marton accepted the continuity baton from Swiss Hereford chairman Hans Baumann

Dear Association Leaders and Members,

We would like to inform your about the 15th European Hereford Conference in Hungary as follows:

The conference will take place from 15th of September to 21st of September, 2018.

The Conference website will be available at the end of May 2017  where you will find additional details: www.herefordhungary2018.com

We hope see you at the conference.

Regards

István Márton

General Manager – Hungarian Hereford, Angus, Galloway Association

 

Irish Herefords Head East to Russia

This week the first consignment in 2017 of pedigree in-calf Hereford heifers destined for Russia departed these shores.

In-calf pedigree Hereford heifers being loaded for Russian export at Hubert Maxwell & Co Export facility

A specially selected group of in-calf heifers of diverse pedigree from herds across the country including eight eighteen to twenty month old bulls brought together by Hubert Maxwell, Livestock exporters have been in quarantine for the past month. All health requirements being fully completed to the satisfaction of the importers the signal to move was received.

Pedigree Hereford bulls ready for loading with exporter Michael Maxwell

The luxury transport for the Hereford consignment to their new home is provided by a Lithuanian company with extensive experience of cattle transport across Europe. The journey will take one week including rest breaks on the route through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belarus to the final destination just 180km west of Moscow.

The Russian Hereford breeders who have purchased the cattle came to Ireland in January last to visit a number of farms and see the quality of animal available and were extremely satisfied with the standard.

Svetlana Koss who hails from Moscow has co-ordinated the project on this occasion said she was extremely pleased with both the quality of the cattle and with how the current project has worked out. A further consignment this time of over 100 in-calf Hereford heifers arrived almost immediately at the quarantine facility replacing those heading for Rosslare.

The testing at quarantine is quiet extensive but Svetlana is with Michael Maxwell confident that this further consignment will again go through without any major hitch.

Irish Hereford Society chairman Willie Branagan was very pleased with the progress to date on this export order and is confident of further similar orders including maiden heifers later this spring. The Hereford cattle exported will allow the expansion and rebuilding of the beef cattle population in Russia which has huge possibilities for development into the future he said.

Hubert Maxwell and Family loading pedigree Hereford heifers for Russian export

Another group of six for apartment four on the luxury transport truck

Lithuanian Transport company ready to set out for for Rosslare Ferry to France
Luxury travel for Hereford heifers across Europe to Russia

Slaney Foods International the Major Hereford Sponsor at Gorey Agricultural Show

Last week Slaney Foods International, The Irish Hereford Society and Gorey Agricultural Show launched the 2017 Hereford Cattle Classes.   Hereford cattle have a long tradition in Co Wexford and have been exhibited at the Gorey show for many, many years.  Last year the Hereford classes received a major boost with significant sponsorship from the very successful Wexford Firm Slaney Foods International.  This year Gorey Agricultural Show is hoping for even bigger classes.

Prizemoney runs to an impressive €2,500 provided through the generous sponsorship of Slaney Foods and Gorey Agricultural Show Society.  Last year’s show saw a huge turnout in the Hereford classes, with some travelling from as far as Kerry.  Gorey Agricultural Show is very grateful for the support of the Hereford Breeders and Slaney Foods International.

The expanded range of classes will include classes for cows, in-calf heifers and a range of male and female calf classes.  At the launch, this week, Eamonn Moulds Procurement Manager at Slaney Foods International which currently has major contracts for Hereford beef, stated that the company is very pleased to support this expanded local event and to be associated with the South Leinster Branch of the Irish Hereford Breed Society and the Gorey Agricultural Show Society, which holds its 158th event this year.

The Irish Hereford Society welcomed the support of Slaney Foods for this expanded event. Slaney Foods contracts are a very important outlet for Irish Hereford beef in a challenging time for beef producers.  The Hereford is fortunate he said that it meets the ideal carcase specification currently required by a discerning market

Mervyn Parr (PH: 087 663 6665), Chairman of the South Leinster Branch of the Irish Hereford Breed Society said that Hereford breeders from far and wide would be approached to give their support to the event. Given the event takes place on the 17th of June next breeders will soon be selecting their animals in anticipation of forwarding their entries. For further information please contact: Show Secretary Stella Jones – 087 908 2670.Back L to R: Larry Feeney (Secretary – IHBS), Eamonn Moulds (Procurement Manager -Slaney Foods), Aidan Jones (Owner of Hereford Pedigree Bull), Michael Lacey (Site Owner), David Grandy (Treasurer – Gorey Agricultural Show), Henry Parr (Hereford Breeder), Mervyn Parr (Chairman South Leinster Hereford Branch), Enda Rabbitte (IHBS), John & Norah Jones (Hereford Breeders), Willie Branagan (Chairman – IHBS)

Front L to R:       Stella Jones (Secretary – Gorey Agricultural Show), Padraig Jones, Conor Jones, Orlagh Hall

Corrin Mart Calf Promotion

Champion bull calf pictured below at the Hereford Calf Promotion in Corrin Mart, which sold for €265 with Michael Morrisson, Ted Sullivan & Pat McCarthy, Hereford Society, owner Matthew Hurley, Youghal & Billy Lane, Hereford Society.

Photo O’Gorman Photography

 

Photo O’Gorman Photography

Champion heifer cald pictured above at the Hereford Calf Promotion in Corrin Mart, which sold for €245 with buyer David Meade, Nohoval, Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council, owner Tony Beecher, Ballyhooly & Billy Lane, Hereford Society.

Haven Kingpin Progeny Dominate the Bull Section at the Annual UK Hereford Christmas Calf Show

The Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) Annual Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Mart produced another superb line up of top quality calves this year.

Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune: Taking the limelight was Haven Neptune from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. This 13 month old calf, who is in the top 1% for 200 day weight and has Terminal Sire and Self-replacing indices in the top 10% of the  Breed, is out of Haven Shela 27th and by Haven Kingpin. Following seven very strong bull classes it was Haven Neptune who took the Grand Male Championship sponsored by The Hutchinson Partnership.

Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune with Haven stockman Mike Chandler
Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune with Haven stockman Mike Chandler

Reserve Male Champion Haven Northstar: Standing Reserve was stablemate Haven Northstar another top notch bull calf by “Kingpin”. Nine month old “Northstar”, who is out Haven Curly 124th, has an excellent range of EBV traits with many in the top 10% of the Breed.

 L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, with Haven Northstar, breeder Edward Lewis, Haven Neptune Stockman Mike Chandler and Show Judge John O'Connor
L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, with Haven Northstar, breeder Edward Lewis, Haven Neptune Stockman Mike Chandler and Show Judge John O’Connor

Pair of Bulls (Haven Neptune and Haven Nugget – both by Kingpin) – Haven Herefords

Group of Three by the same sire (Haven Neptune, Haven Northstar and Haven Nugget – all by Kingpin)- Haven Herefords. In reserve were another well-known local herd, Free Town Herefords from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire with three smart matching animals sired by Mara Humorous.

Progeny of Kingpin have been making its mark here in Ireland also. Semen of Kingpin (HKP) is available through the Society’s breed improvement program and has been moving steadily since its arrival. Those wishing to obtain Kingpin semen should be place their orders with the Society soon as quantities are becoming limited given demand in recent months since progeny was first exhibited.