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Winners of Hereford Carcase Forecast Competition Receive Their Awards at Slaney Foods International

Left to Right Larry Feeney – Irish Hereford Breed Society - Secretary Eddie McCabe – Lidl Enniscorthy - Manager Andy Mulhare – Ballybrittas, Portlaoise - Winner Noel Quinlan – Gowran, Co. Kilkenny - Winner Nick Redmond – Gorey, Co. Wexford - Winner Willie Branagan – Irish Hereford Breed Society - Chairman Eamonn Moulds – Slaney Foods - Procurement Manager
Pictured Left to Right                                                                                                               Larry Feeney – Irish Hereford Breed Society – Secretary
Eddie McCabe – Lidl Enniscorthy – Manager
Andy Mulhare – Ballybrittas, Portlaoise – Winner
Noel Quinlan – Gowran, Co. Kilkenny – Winner
Nick Redmond – Gorey, Co. Wexford – Winner
Willie Branagan – Irish Hereford Breed Society – Chairman
Eamonn Moulds – Slaney Foods – Procurement Manager

Slaney Foods International, Bunclody, Co Wexford was the venue for the presentation of prizes to the winners of its competition to forecast the Carcase Grade of a Quality Assured Hereford Steer which was on display at the National Ploughing Championships. The competition was part of a very successful promotion at the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s stand at the event.

The steer on display at the event,  a 25 month old Hereford cross with a live-weight of 650kgs,  fits well within  the required spec for the Certified Hereford Irish Beef which is processed at Slaney Foods and is available at all Lidl stores across the country.  Demand for Lidl Hereford Beef has grown week on week since its introduction, winning several Great Taste Awards on the way.  Following the growth and success of the product here at home, Lidl has taken the initiative of introducing Irish Hereford Beef to European consumers via its extensive store placement on the continent.  Additional supplies of quality assured stock are required each week by Slaney Foods to meet the growing demand. (Ph: Eamonn @ 087/677 9567)

Competition entrants were vying to win one of three prizes of Lidl vouchers, each to the value of €500 sponsored by Lidl Ireland, Slaney Foods International and the Irish Hereford Breed Society. The vouchers may be redeemed at any of the 140 Lidl stores across Ireland which provide a wide range of goods at excellent value for money including the quality range of ‘Inisvale Selection’ Certified Hereford Irish Beef matured for 28 days for extra tenderness and flavour.

The 3 Lucky winners were Andy Mulhare, Ballybrittas, Portlaoise, Noel Quinlan, Gowran, Co Kilkenny and Nick Redmond, Gorey, Co Wexford. The awards were made following a reception at the headquarters of Slaney Foods International with representatives of the Sponsors on hand to congratulate the winners.

A huge thank you is extended to all who participated in the competition, to the winners and to Quality Assured producer Henry Parr, Clogh, Castlecomer who provided the Hereford Cross steer for the competition to John Canty, Kildalkey who provided two excellent 24 month old 600kg heifers, a selection of high merit suckler dams with their calves and five star sire and finally to Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan who exhibited his prizewinning and 5 star stock bull a great source of interest throughout the event.
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Monaghan Bred Hereford Shares Stock Bull of the Year Award in Northern Ireland

 Dernaroy 1 Impact joint winner Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association Herds Competition Best Stock Bull 2015 Owner Stephen Baxter Umgola Herefords, Co Armagh, Breeder Eric Humphreys, Dernaroy, Newbliss Co Monaghan
Dernaroy 1 Impact joint winner Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association Herds Competition Best Stock Bull 2015 Owner Stephen Baxter Umgola Herefords, Co Armagh, Breeder Eric Humphreys, Dernaroy, Newbliss Co Monaghan

 Dernaroy 1 Impact a son of Lowesmore 1 Entertainer bred at Dernaroy, Newbliss, Co Monaghan by well-known Hereford breeder Eric Humphreys came through stiff competition to share the prestigious Stock Bull of the Year Award with Richmount 1 King Kong a NI bred bull from James Graham, Richmount Road, Portadown, Co Armagh.

The three years old bull was purchased last year by Stephen Baxter, Umgola Herefords, Tarascon House, Monaghan Road, Co Armagh. The award winning Polled Hereford is out of a homebred cow Dernaroy 1 Emma herself sired by Australian sire Yalgoo Boulder and tracing back on the dam’s side to the Udel herd of David & Daithi Carroll, Coole Campile, Co Wexford and the Denn herd of Stanley Heaslip, Glebe House, Carrickaboy, Co Cavan.

Both breeder and owner were delighted with the award. The bull has developed very well, is long bodied with roundness of quarter and an excellent topline with exceptional muscling.

Stephen Baxter receives his award from Herds Competition Judge Andy Patterson
Stephen Baxter receives his award from Herds Competition Judge Andy Patterson

The award was announced together with the results of the annual Herds Competition results at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association annual field night and barbecue which was this year held at the home of NI Hereford breed president Greer Watson, Crossgar Co Down.

After viewing the Barnburn herd including the NI Bull of the Year, Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, the crowd headed back to the sheds to watch a clipping demonstration by William McMordie before having a barbecue followed by the announcement of the results of the herds competition by the judge Andy Patterson.

Pedigree herds

Large Herd Winners

Large herds: 1st, J & W McMordie, Solpoll; 2nd, John Conlon, Drumatee; 3rd, David Wilson, LisraceMedium Herd Winners

Medium herds: 1st, Dessie Martin, Lisola & Craigy; 2nd, Stephen Baxter, Umgola; 3rd, C & M Beatty & Son, Castlepoll & Braemount

Small Herd Winners

Small herds: 1st, James Graham, Richmount; 2nd, Ciaran Kerr, Kinnego; 3rd, Andrew McMordie, Solitude

Best autumn born bull calf: David Wilson, Lisrace Lumberjack

Best autumn born heifer calf: J & W McMordie, Solpoll 1 Pansy M16

Best spring born bull calf: James Graham, Richmount 1 Mac

Best spring born heifer calf: Stephen Baxter, Umgola 1 Lady

Best stock bull: Tie between Stephen Baxter, Dernaroy 1 Impact, and James Graham, Richmount 1 King Kong

Overall winner: John and William McMordie, Solpoll Herd

Irish Herefords at the NPC

Irish Herefords Launch 2015 National Hereford Calf Show Schedule at the NPC

1Pictured with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys at the launch of the schedule for the National Hereford Calf Show at the NPC were Eamon McKiernan, Monasterboice, Martin Murphy, Chairman Munster Branch IHBS, the Minister, Larry Feeney, IHBS & Certified Hereford Irish Beef, Eric Humphreys, Cavan Monaghan Branch IHBS and Willie Branagan Chairman IHBS
1 Pictured with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys at the launch of the schedule for the National Hereford Calf Show at the NPC were Eamon McKiernan, Monasterboice, Martin Murphy, Chairman Munster Branch IHBS, the Minister, Larry Feeney, IHBS & Certified Hereford Irish Beef, Eric Humphreys, Cavan Monaghan Branch IHBS and Willie Branagan Chairman IHBS

Government Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys kindly took some time out from her busy schedule at the recent NPC to launch the 2015 National Hereford Calf show Schedule.

In commending the breed for its ability to fit the exacting specifications of today’s market she said the success of the Hereford branded beef schemes here at home ensured a greater return to producers, the maintenance of valuable jobs in the Irish meat processing sector and a top class product for the consumer available throughout the country. She added that given current exports of Hereford branded beef to Denmark, Finland and Italy together with a very significant penetration of the high class restaurant market across Europe ensured that Irish Hereford beef was acknowledged for its excellence which also reflected well on Ireland’s reputation and capacity to produce top class beef from its superior grassland.

2Pictured Denis Kiely GVM Kilmallock, Liam Philpott Vice Chairman IHBS, Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods International, Nigel Heatrick Irish Hereford Prime Willie Branagan Chairman IHBS and Don O’Brien ABP Nenagh.
2 Pictured Denis Kiely GVM Kilmallock, Liam Philpott Vice Chairman IHBS, Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods International & Certified Hereford Irish Beef, Nigel Heatrick Irish Hereford Prime Willie Branagan Chairman IHBS and Don O’Brien ABP Nenagh.

The National calf show takes place at the GVM Show Arena at Tullamore on Saturday November 21st next. Entries close on Monday November 2nd. Sponsors include Area Branches of the Irish Hereford Society, ABP, GVM Mart Kilmallock, Slaney Foods International & Certified Hereford Irish Beef, Hugh Mulvihill Auctioneer, Agri Lloyd, Edwin Jones Riverside Herefords, Irish Hereford Prime, Certified Hereford Irish Beef, and the Irish Hereford Breed Society.

The event this year follows on the very successful similar event which was held for the very first time at the same venue last year when there were 94 entries. Classes have been expanded this year to include a class for a commercial Hereford sired calf male or female born in 2015. Classes also include a competition for young handlers which attracted huge interest last year.

The event is organised as last year by the North Leinster Branch IHBS. Schedule and entry forms are available on www.irishhereford.com, from the office or from 087/1632747 or 087/2702271.