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Summer Shows 2022

The society is delighted to see the majority of the Summer shows are going ahead this year after being out of action for both 2020 and 2021. A start has already been made with Tralee show and Nobber fair having been held in recent weeks amongst others.

Tullamore Show

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding the National Hereford Show 2022 at the Tullamore Show once again! The show will be held on Sunday 14th August in the same showgrounds as usual. The classes will be the same as in 2019 and 2021 with the exception that the Young Handler classes have been moved to the middle of the show instead of at the beginning. The Junior and Senior Young Handler class will be ran after the heifer championship and before the male classes begin.


The online entry system is now open. Please follow the link below to ENTER :

Closing date for Hard copy entries is the 1st of July and online entries is the 6th of July 2022!

Rules & Regulations:

Please find below a copy of important documents for exhibitors consideration. We would urge all potential exhibitors to read all of the below documentation carefully to ensure there are no disappointments in the run upto or on the day of the show.

Please note all animals entered into the Hereford classes must be registered Pedigree and be accompanied by a Pedigree Zootechnical certificate on the day of the show.

  1. Rules & Regulations which include the following;

1A. ISA general Rules for Irish Show Association Championships 2022

1B. Livestock Issues

2.Department of Agriculture Rules;

Charleville Show

The Muster Hereford branch are hosting an exciting competition this year as part of the Charleville Agricultural Show on Saturday 25th June. The branch are hosting the Munster Hereford Heifer of the year and the Munster Hereford Bull of the year competitions at the show in place of the points based championship that was ran in previous years.

In total there are 16 Hereford classes on the day, these include 3 qualifier classes for both the heifer and bull of the year, the top 3 placed animals from each qualifier class will qualify for the finals of the €1,000 Munster Heifer and Bull of the year 2022.

Also, the branch are hosting Young Handler classes on the day – one class for entrants aged 18 – 12 years of age and junior class for entrants aged 12 and under. All are welcome to participate and Next Gen Herefords will be supporting this event.

All entries close strictly on 14th June & all classes can be entered via this link;

Longford Show

Longford Show is also going ahead this year with a bigger and better show planned for everyone’s entertainment. The show will take place on Sunday 3rd July. There are a total of 11 Hereford classes this year including the ‘Paul and Vincent All-Ireland Heifer Calf Championship’ and the ‘Flynn and Lynch All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship’ with prize money upto €1000 for each class.

Next Gen Herefords have also teamed up with Longford Show to hold two Young Handler classes at the show. The Junior class is free to enter for all aged 12 – 17 years and the Senior class is free to enter for all aged 18 – 25 years of age. The prizes include; 1st: €100 Grooming kit, 2nd: €75 Grooming kit & €50 Grooming kit.

All entries can be made through Longford Show. Entries close strictly on 24th June & entry forms can be found online at;

Plenty of choice

There is plenty of choice this Summer with the majority of Summer shows going ahead.

A full list of summer shows are available at;

If you would like any more information on the above shows please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or on 044 9348855.

Wishing all exhibitors the very best of luck the showing season.

Irish Hereford double donation to Ukraine Crisis Appeal with ABP

The Irish Hereford Breed Society and Irish Hereford Prime are delighted to be able to make a donation towards the Ukraine Crisis Appeal via the Irish Red Cross.

Both parties have donated €8555 to the charity by raising funds through a bucket collection at the Premier Hereford Sale, hosting an iDonate fundraising page online and by donating the full commission from the Premier Hereford Spring Sale and the following Hereford sale in Kilmallock.

The Society was approached by ABP after such time as the fundraising began with a very generous offer to double the amount fundraised by Irish Herefords and donate that entire sum to the cause also. The Society and Irish Hereford Prime considered the offer and decided it was a no brainer to generate more money towards this more than worthy cause.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the cause, made donations and to ABP for their contribution also.

Young Handlers Workshop – Virginia – Sunday 29th May!

Next Gen Herefords are delighted to be involved in the mixed breed Young Handlers Workshop which is taking place this Sunday 29th May in the Virginia Show Centre from 2 – 5pm.

The event is open to all young persons aged between 10 and 22 years of age and obviously parents/guardians/family members are welcome to attend also.


The day will kick off at 2pm with doors opening at 1.30pm and will include various workshops including;

  • Cattle clipping & grooming with Allen Shortt, 
  • Products used for animal show preparation with Bartley Finnegan from Elite Pedigree Genetics,
  • Our very own Catherine Smyth, John Smyth & Elanor Reilly will demonstrate ringcraft and the art of showing,
  • There will be a stand on future education and agri careers
  • Social media workshop
  • FRS Jim Dockery will outline the importance of animal welfare and safety when transporting animals

There will be cattle and sheep on display on the day also with several breeds participating. 

The event is promised to be a great day all round – with something for everyone. There will also be a gift bag for every participant at the end.


Entry is free but pre-registration is essential by emailing;

If you have any questions or require any more info please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or by the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook or Instagram pages.

Next Gen Herefords YH Workshop May 2022

Next Gen Herefords held a very successful workshop for young handlers last Sunday May 1st on the farm of Tullaha Herefords, Limerick.

Tommy & Maura Cregan hosted the group on the farm and welcomed everyone into their yard and home for the day.

There were 21 young persons attended on the day which was a great turn out. The group were split in two in order of age and there were two sessions running simultaneously.

The first session involved a demonstration of grooming and preparing cattle for the show ring. Garrett Behan of Clonagh Pedigree herd gave an excellent demonstration and shared his knowledge and experience on clipping, grooming, tips for removing dirt and and general trips for making a show animal look their best on the day. Garrett also shared some safety tips including tying knots and how to quickly release knots. Garrett rounded off the day with a hands on workshop on how to make halters and everyone tried their hand at the skill. Alongside Garrett, Noel Walsh from Animal Pharmacy joined the group and shared information about top products that are great for using on cattle and the benefits of such products.

The second session of the day involved two parts. Eoin Lynch gave a safety demo in the farm yard and pointed out some of the every day hazards that farmers need to be conscious of. After that, Pat Rohan of Listrolin Herefords, Kilkenny have an excellent demonstration of stock judging of some of the cows and calves at Tullaha Herefords. Pat talked through what are the key points when choosing what females to breed from and how to improve breeding female lines. Pat advised the group against the sale of their good Pedigree breeding females as they are vital to the foundation of the herd.

The day was capped off with a cuppa and a light lunch. Each participant received a slicker comb and a bar of soap to set them up for the upcoming show season!

Many thanks and appreciation are extended to Tommy & Maura Cregan for making everyone so welcome and putting in alot of time and effort in preparing for the group and having several cattle ready for grooming and stock judging.

Many thanks are extended to Garrett Behan of Clonagh Pedigrees, Noel Walsh from Animal Pharmacy, Pat Rohan of Listrolin Herefords, Eoin Lynch and Michael Barrett who were instrumental in the organising and running of the day and to all who attended and participated on the day.

We look forward to many more events this Summer!

Mr. John Ludgate awarded the Hall of Fame 2022

Congratulations to Mr. John Ludgate on being awarded the National Hall of Fame Award 2022.

Mary & John Ludgate accepting a gift on John’s retirement as treasurer from the Munster Hereford Branch

John farmed the Fortfarm Pedigree Hereford herd in Cork which was founded in the early 1960’s. The first calf registered was Fortfarm Fancy born in 1963. A heifer calf out of Springvilla Fancy bred by the Roycroft family, Dunmanway and sired by Ballintrim Major. In 1964 Fortfarm Valiant was the first bull calf registered. This bull was by Springmount Valiant and out of a female Kilgubban Countess bred by John’s brother Tom.

A recognised judge of the breed John has officiated on numerous occasions and is recognised as an astute cattleman. A dedicated member of the Munster Branch of the Society he just recently following 30 years of service as its trusted treasurer.

Minister Pippa Hackett awarding the Hall of Fame 2022 Award to Mr. John Ludgate and his wife Mary Ludgate

From the outset, the aim was to put emphasis on quality rather than on quantity. Quality females were added to the herd usually purchased at realistic prices when the opportunity arose at Society sales.  One such purchase was a young heifer from the well-established Clonwhelan herd of R & L White, Clonwhelan House, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.  Prior to purchase she had been recently mated to Ballyholey Famous. The resulting calf a heifer which was named “Fortfarm Judy”. The first of several quality offspring “Judy” went on to win at RDS and was Queen of the show circuit winning whenever and wherever exhibited. Her first bull calf was Fortfarm Judo was awarded Supreme Champion at the Society’s Premier Spring Show & Sale then (1979) held at Goff’s Sale complex in Co Kildare. The judge on that occasion was Mr Roger Snell one of the foremost Hereford cattle breeders in the UK. At the sale following “Judo” was purchased at 2,200 by the Irish Department of Agriculture and joined the stud at Dovea AI station where he went on to be a most successful sire producing several champions and many successful herd sires. That Clonwhelan bred dam has had a strong influence on the development of the herd in the intervening years.

Bulls in more recent years are sold for the most part to repeat customers who return again and again. Heifers considered of lesser quality than desired are sold commercially or for slaughter in order to maintain and improve the overall quality of the herd. Herd sires purchased were carefully selected on bloodlines and type.
Advancing years has meant that in more recent years, cattle have not been exhibited at the summer shows and has now prompted the sale of the herd and watch a younger generation enjoy breeding and showing Hereford cattle.

During the Autumn of 2019, the herd was reluctantly dispersed and met with very satisfactory demand at Kanturk Mart. Females from the herd as foundation animals for new herds which is very encouraging.

We wish John & Mary all the best in their retirement and good health and happiness.