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Many Congrats to Declan & Deirdre!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to offer a huge Congratulations to long time Hereford breeder & former Munster Branch Chairman; Declan Donnelly of the Clondrina Hereford herd in Lissycasey, Co.Clare and his long term partner Deirdre Cummins, also from Lissycasey who are to be wedded tomorrow, Friday 18th October 2019.

All at the Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to wish Declan & Deirdre all the best on the day and a lifetime of good health, fortune & happiness.

Declan Donnelly with ‘Clondrina 1267th’ who won 1st Place Bull born on or after 01/01/19 in Nenagh Agricultural Show.

Congratulations on your Wedding Day.

A huge congratulations to Hereford breeders, Adrian Cronin, Killarney, Co. Kerry and Fiona Sullivan, Kenmare, Co. Kerry who are getting married this Friday 26th July 2019 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Both Fiona and Adrian are regular exhibitors on the Munster show circuit and also in Tullamore.

All at the Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to wish Adrian and Fiona the very best of luck on the day and in the future and a lifetime of health and happiness.

Save Our Suckler’s

The Irish Hereford Society Encourage all farmers to Support the “Save Our Suckler’s” Campaign that the Irish Farmer’s Journal are currently promoting.

By signing this letter, the European Commission and the Irish Government will surely recognise the important role that Suckler farmers play in maintaining a vibrant rural Ireland by committing to:

  • A fully funded Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the commitment to introduce targeted direct support for all low-income sectors including sucklers.
  • Protect EU and Irish suckler farmers in all upcoming trade deals and reject any demands from non-EU countries for increased access to EU beef markets.
  • Safeguarding farmers’ income both during and after Brexit negotiations through the implementation of market support measures.
  • Supporting the campaign for the introduction of a suckler cow support payment of €200/cow to underpin the sector and halt rural decline.

Who should sign?

  • All farmers that see value in maintaining a diverse portfolio of agricultural exports.
  • Meat processors and their employees who depend on suckler farmers for their raw material.
  • Feed mills, marts, consultants, vets, accountants and all other input providers dependent on suckler farmers.
  • Rural schools, shops and sports clubs who depend on maintaining vibrant rural communities.
  • Those engaged in the tourist industry that recognises the important role suckler farmers play in the maintenance and development of our rural landscape.
  • Environmental organisations that recognise the positive contribution which suckler farmers play in maintaining a bio-diverse landscape.
  • Politicians whose constituents depend on a vibrant rural Ireland.

You can sign the petition online or download it by clicking here


Certified Irish Hereford Beef for Lidl US Supermarket Shelves

Slaney Foods International, based in Bunclody Co. Wexford, is celebrating after landing a deal to supply premium speciality Certified Irish Hereford beef to stores in the United States. The deal, facilitated due to their relationship with Lidl Ireland, was actively supported by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

                                                                                                                                                                            Rory Fanning, Managing Director for Slaney Foods International adds:
“Our partnership with Lidl Ireland is very special in terms of the leverage to develop new markets for our product. On a weekly basis we export to Lidl Denmark and we will have lines on the shelves of Lidl in Sweden, Belgium, Slovenia, Romania Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic this summer. Our relationship grew from humble beginnings, but Lidl was quick to spot the potential to further develop one of Ireland’s premium food products, grass fed Irish beef. We’ve been very grateful for the support from Lidl, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture in helping open up the U.S. market to us and we look forward to the American consumer getting a taste of premium grass fed Irish beef.”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, commented; “This is an exciting time in the journey of Irish beef in the USA from initial access for primal cuts in 2015, to access for manufacturing beef in 2016 and the commencement of trade in manufacturing beef earlier this year. As Lidl starts the process of opening stores in the USA, today’s launch of Irish Beef to the retail market marks another key step in this journey. I would also like to pay testament to the great work being done by Slaney meats and their own focus and commitment to quality, sustainability and producing premium grass fed Irish beef.”

Bord Bia CEO Tara Mc Carthy congratulated Lidl on its confidence to bring the new taste of sustainably produced Irish beef from Slaney meats to U.S. customers.
“ I am delighted that Lidl is illustrating its confidence in sustainably produced Quality Assured Irish beef in this most tangible way.  Lidl Ireland as a verified member of Origin Green and as a significant exporter of Irish food and drink is a committed stakeholder of the Irish food industry.
The Slaney US announcement is an exciting new chapter in our relationship with the group.

The Irish Hereford Society congratulates Minister Michael Creed, Bord Bia, Lidl, Slaney Foods and all involved in this exciting new venture and wishes every success to Lidl on its entry to the US market and on its massive new headquarters in Arlington. This past Thursday, German supermarket brand ‘Lidl’ opened their first 7 stores in the Carolinas, including in North Carolina’s Kinston, Greenville, Sanford, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem, and South Carolina’s Spartanburg and Greenville. Lidl now has several new stores under construction around the Charlotte area, including in South End, Rock Hill, and Mooresville. In total, the company plans to open at least 100 stores across the East Coast by the end of 2018, creating over 5,000 new jobs.

Pictured at a recent meeting at Lidl Irelands very impressive new headquarters at Tallagh are sitting Willie Branagan, Chairman Irish Hereford Soc., Liam Casey, Comercial Director Lidl Irl, with standing L to R  Rory Fanning, Managing Director Slaney Foods Int., Larry Feeney IHBS and Enda Rabbit, IHBS.

A key component of the success of Certified Irish Beef in addition to those mentioned is the commitment and integrity of its farmer producers and also the dedication of Irish Hereford Breed Society members and cattle breeders who supply the genetics which ultimately contain the magic formula to produce great tasting beef that satisfies the taste buds.

Certified Irish Hereford Beef – Natural Cattle for Natural Beef