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Male Champion tops the Premier Autumn Hereford Sale 2021 at €5300!

The Premier Autumn Hereford Show & Sale was held last Saturday 16th October in GVM Tullamore. The show was a nice addition after a long 18 months with no shows being permitted and a chance to allow breeders to get back to showcase their breeding ahead of the sale. Taking on the task of judging the first Hereford show connected to a sale since 2019 was Mr. Michael Molloy of Moyclare Herefords, Offaly. The sale was a flyer with the average sale price resting at €3000 for the bulls and 22 out of the 30 head exhibited moving onto greener pastures. Many thanks are extended to Irish Hereford Prime who supported the sale as usual by awarding €250 to the buyers of each bull sold for €3000 & over.

Top of the sale was the earlier crowned Male Champion; Corlismore Caesar 092, bred by Sean & Gary McKiernan of Corlismore Herefords, Cavan. This Five Star Terminal bull also has five stars for carcase weight and carcase conformation. He was sired by Allowdale Rory 594 & bred from a Cill Cormaic Leo dam. Caesar sold to a fellow breeder in Donegal for €5300.

Corlismore Caesar 092 topped the sale at €5300 (with breeders Gary & Evelyn McKiernan)

With a very close second top price was Beaghmore Hans who sold to a Wexford breeder for €5000. Hans was bred by Ms. Leila McCabe of Beaghmore Herefords. He has a Five Star replacement index rating, five stars for milk and four stars for calving interval. Hans was sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Bowmont Storm Dam.

Beaghmore Hans sold for €5000 (with exhibitor John Morrow & breeder Ms. Leila McCabe)

There was great success for Hugh P. Murray of Newland Herefords, Westmeath with Newland Denzel on his second day out this year. The August 2020 born bull was crowned Hereford bull of the year last month at the National Hereford Show 2021. After wowing the judge last month, he went onto win Reserve Male Champion ahead of the sale. Denzel is a Four Star Terminal bull with five stars for carcase conformation. He is sired by Smithston Darby and bred from Newland Val, a Bowmont Storm dam, who won her class in Nenagh as a calf & won in Tullamore the following year as a yearling. Denzel was purchased by a new breeder form Clare for €4000.

Junior Hereford Male Champion 2021; Newland Denzel sold for €4000 (with breeder Hugh P. Murray)

Bowmont Herefords also influenced the next top price which was lot 30 – Grianan Vancouver. Bred by Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald of Grianan Herefords, Westmeath – Vancouver was sired by Grianan Parker and bred from a Bowmont Vancouver dam. This four star replacement bull also has four stars for milk & an easy calving figure. He sold to a Kilkenny farmer for €3900.

Grianan Vancouver was purchased by a Kilkenny farmer for €3900 (with breeder Anselm Fitzgerald)

Niall Daly & John Holloway of Gageboro Herefords, Westmeath kicked off the sale in good fashion with their February 2020 born bull. Uitlander was the first bull into the sales ring and started the sale off with a bang. Sired by a Gageboro Morgan son & bred from a Balleen bonus dam, this four star replacement bull was purchased by a Hereford breeder from Northern Ireland for €3800.

Gageboro Uitlander moved across the border after selling for €3800 (with breeder Niall Daly)

There was great success for John Appelbe of Appel Herefords, Cork. Appel 1 Skywalker, sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star, who is a short gestation & easy calving sire and bred from a Solpoll 1 Lawman dam. This bull has stars across the board rating at Five Star for both Replacement and Terminal index and also has a very good temperament. Skywalker was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3800.

Appel 1 Skywalker sold for €3800 (with breeders Beatrice & Eric Appelbe)

There was success once again for the National Hereford Male Reserve Champion 2021; Rockbrook 1 Dover, who after winning the prestigious title last month in Tullamore, was sold through the ring for €3700 to a breeder from Kerry. Dover has a five star index for both the replacement and the terminal index along with five stars for carcase conformation and a tremendous temperament. Dover was sold by new member; Alan Gibbons of Carrowboy Herefords, Roscommon.

National Hereford Male Reserve Champion 2021; Rockbrook 1 Dover sold for €3700.

Another bull that sold to a Galway farmer was lot 17 – Rathnollag Prince, bred by Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon. Prince is a full Border bred bull with four stars for terminal index and carcase conformation and already has heifers scanned in calf. Prince fetched €3600 on sale day.

Rathnollag Prince was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3600 (with breeder Sinead Conry)

The next lot into the sales ring – lot 18, was Mullaghdoo Frank, bred by Basil Arnold of Mullaghdoo Herefords, Cavan. This April born bull was sired by Gageboro Morgan and has three stars for both replacement and terminal index as well as four stars for milk. Frank was purchased by a breeder from Meath for €3600.

Knockmountagh Tyson, bred by Eamon & John McKiernan of Knockmountagh Herefords, Louth, was purchased by a Monaghan buyer for €3000. Sired by Allowdale Rambo 738 and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper daughter; Tyson is a very stylish U-shaped bull. His grandmother Cindy was All-Ireland Female Champion in Tullamore in 2014 at nine months of age. Tyson is a four-star replacement bull with five stars for milk.

Knockmountagh Tyson sold for €3000 (with breeder John McKiernan & buyers Thomas & Callum Donaldson)

Clouncagh Drover also sold for €3000 to a breeder from Laois. Bred by John O’Connor of Clouncagh Herefords, Limerick – Drover is a stylish young bull with a full English Pedigree; bred from Free Town Dancer & sired by Dieulacresse Royalist who is a son of Knockmountagh Marshal. Drover has a four-star Terminal index with five stars for carcase weights.

Females

There was great demand for the Hereford heifers that were up for auction on the day also.

Top priced heifer went for the final lot of the day & the Reserve Female Champion; Appel 1 Skygazer, bred by John Appelbe of Appel Herefords, Cork. Skygazer is bred from an excellent cow & a Solpoll 1 Lawman daughter who was National Hereford Champion 2018 and the new stock bull for the Haven Hereford herd in the UK.

Top priced heifer; Appel 1 Skygazer sold for €3500 (with judge; Michael Molloy & breeder John Appelbe)

Appel Herefords had a very successful sale all round when they sold their third lot of the day and second heifer; Appel 1 Starlight sold for €2900 to a breeder north of the border. Starlight is also a daughter of Fabb 1 Northern star & bred from a Solpoll 1 Lawman dam. With a five star replacement rate across the board – starlight is bred from one of the best Appel cow families whose mother is the full brother to the current stock bull in Pulham Herefords and a full sister to class winner in Tullamore 2019.

Appel 1 Starlight sold for €3900 (with breeder John Appelbe)

Pike 1 Cindy was also a top attraction as she sold for €3000 to a local Westmeath herd. Bred by John Farrell of Boyanna & Pike Herefords, Westmeath, Cindy was sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Glaslough Esquire daughter. Cindy has a four-star rating for carcase weight, conformation and milk.

Pike 1 Candy was purchased by a Westmeath breeder for €3000 (with breeder John Farrell)

The Premier sale was also the second successful day out for Laphoil Joy, who previously won the yearling heifer class in the National Hereford Show last month. Bred by John Boyd Jnr of Laphoil Herefords, Leitrim – Joy is sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Kye Rodge daughter. Joy was crowned Female Champion of the day before being purchased by a breeder from the North of Ireland for €2800.

Female Champion; Laphoil Joy was sold for €2800 (with judge Michael Molloy & the Boyd family)

Congratulations to all buyers and sellers on a very successful sale. Many thanks to the steward; Ms. Lesley Sandes, the judge; Mr. Michael Molloy, the auctioneer; Mr. Richie Ryan, the photographer; Ms. Shanon Kinahan, the staff of GVM Tullamore and Irish Hereford Prime.

Next Gen Herefords Youth Competition 2021& Change to the National Calf Show Schedule!

Next Gen Herefords are delighted to be able to host a youth event alongside the National Hereford Calf Show 2021. Traditionally the calf show incorporated two young handler classes as part of the main event but this year it has been decided to host a separate Young Handlers competition on the eve of the calf show.

The competition will be held on Friday evening 19th November from 6.30pm – 9pm. The mart will be open from 4pm to facilitate the arrival of animals & we ask that all entrants arrive by 6pm or before.

If there are young people who wish to get involved but don’t have a Hereford calf then one can be sourced to ensure everyone who wishes is included.

Schedule

The line up of the competition includes;

  1. Stock judging of commercial stock – Demonstration & judging
  2. Show Preparation and grooming – time to prepare & dress up animal
  3. The traditional Young Handler Classes – ringcraft & showmanship

The Group will be split into three categories depending on the age of entrant & the agenda is as follows;

Juniors (aged 12 & under):

18:30 – Young Handler Class

19:15 – Look at Hereford animals & attributes / colouring activity

Intermediate (aged 13-17):

18:30 – Stock Judging commercials & cuts of beef (Demonstration & own judgements on paper)

19:15 – Show preparation: grooming, clipping, using products, handler dress code (advice & help offered if needed)

20:00 – Young Handler Class

Seniors (aged 18 – 30):

18:30 – Show preparation: grooming, clipping, using products, handler dress code (advice & help offered if needed)

19:15 – Young Handler Class

20:00 – Stock Judging commercials & cuts of beef (Demonstration & own judgements on paper)

The overall judging for the intermediate & senior classes will incorporate an element of the stock judging and show preparation & presentation.

Sponsorship & Prizes

Next Gen Herefords are delighted to have the backing and support of Irish Hereford Prime, Farm Wardrobe & Tradeforus for this event.

  • Irish Hereford Prime are kindly sponsoring a hoodie to each participant who takes part in the event.
  • Farm Wardrobe are kindly sponsoring an Irish Hereford Winter Bundle to both the Intermediate & Senior Champion.
  • Tradeforus are kindly sponsoring €100.

Each junior participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for taking part & getting involved. There will be older Next Gen Hereford members available to help any juniors with preparations & showing & to ensure everyone gets a chance to get involved and has fun!

Each intermediate participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for participating. 1st prize will win €150 voucher, Irish Hereford Winter Bundle (kindly sponsored by Farm Wardrobe) & Champion cup, 2nd prize will win €100 voucher & 3rd prize will win €50 voucher.

Each senior participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for participating. 1st prize will win €150 voucher, Irish Hereford Winter Bundle (kindly sponsored by Farm Wardrobe) & Champion cup, 2nd prize will win €100 voucher & 3rd prize will win €50 voucher.

The vouchers can be used for a range of items including towards; IHBS membership, Hereford calf registrations, IHBS Breed Improvement AI straws, a heifer purchased at the Genetics Gems sale or other IHBS sales and/or merchandise from the Farm Wardrobe.

There will also be a draw on the evening whereby each participants name will be put into a hat and four prize winners will be drawn at random. 1st and 2nd prizes are €50 kindly sponsored by Tradeforus, 3rd and 4th prizes are a gift set of animal preparation supplies i.e. brush, soap etc.

Entries

Entries are now open via this link; Next Gen Herefords Youth Competition ENTRIES!

The Young Handler entries are free of charge. Every young person is welcome to part-take (whether connected to Herefords or not) and anyone who doesn’t have a Hereford animal to show can contact Louise and one will be sourced.

Entries close on 7th November at midnight.

Compliance & DAFM Paperwork

All animals entering the show & mart premises must be accompanied by a DAFM compliance certificate which can be applied for and downloaded from agfood.ie. The Calf show movement number will be sent out to all entrants after the closing date. Please note that all animals entered into the young handlers event and the calf show MUST be TB tested clear!

For further information or any further questions or queries please contact Louise in the IHBS office.

Munster Hereford Branch Herds Competition 2021

Congratulations is extended to all who participated and entered in the recent Munster Hereford Branch Herds competition.

The event was hosted by the branch chairman; John O’Connor of Clouncagh Herefords, Limerick and was judged by Robert Thomas who runs the Risbury herd in the UK.

Results:

Large Herd Winners:

  1. John Appelbe, Cork
  2. Gerry & Declan Donnelly, Clare
  3. Gerry McNamara, Clare

Medium Herd Winners:

  1. Michael O’Keeffe, Cork
  2. Tommy Cregan, Limerick
  3. Daniel Lehane, Cork

Small Herd Winners:

  1. Maurice Geary, Limerick
  2. Paddy Hallissey, Cork
  3. Darren O’Rourke, Limerick

Congratulations to all the winners!

Irish Hereford Prime continue to support Irish Hereford Society Sales

It is Autumn Hereford sale season once again with two upcoming Hereford sales. The Society are delighted to announce that Irish Hereford Prime will kindly sponsor both sales once again.

Autumn sales & Sponsorship:

Premier Autumn Show & Sale Tullamore: Saturday October 16th – 35 bulls & 24 heifers:

€250 will be awarded to the buyer of each bull sold for €3,000 or above

Kilmallock: Friday October 22nd  – 36 bulls –

€200 will be awarded to the buyer of each bull sold for €2,800 or above

Show

The Society are also delighted that they will also be able to host a show before both sales as was the tradition pre-covid-19. The show will begin at 11am sharp in the showring and animals will be grouped in classes by age.

Sale

The sale will start at 1pm and will be online also at LSL Auctions. Potential online buyers must register with GVM Tullamore in advance of the sale and can do so by contacting 057 9321156. Masks must be worn in the mart at all times and social distancing must be maintained.

Catalogues

Catalogues are available for both sales;

Premier Autumn Hereford Tullamore Sale Catalogue 2021 – CLICK HERE

Kilmallock Autumn Hereford Sale Catalogue 2021 – CLICK HERE

The Society would like to wish all buyers & purchasers the very best of luck at each sale.