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Next Gen Herefords visit THRIVE and Knockfin Pedigree Herefords

The Next Gen Herefords held their first day out last Saturday.

The group began by visiting the Irish Farmers Journal THRIVE research farm on the farm of John Hally, Tipperary. Declan Marren, beef journalist with the Irish Farmers Journal gave a detailed talk on the research being carried out on the farm. The trial involves purchasing dairy-beef calves from local dairy farms and feeding them onto slaughter. All stock are fed primarily grass with little concentrates and finished before the second Winter. The results of the research being carried out are very positive for the Hereford breed who are outperforming the other breeds on the farm with 80% of Hereford heifers and 64% of Hereford steers finishing off grass before the second Winter – ahead of the other breeds of cattle.

Tennyson Egar from Irish Hereford Prime also went through fat scoring steers and heifers and the tell tale signs that a bullock or heifer is fit for slaughter.

The group then spent the afternoon at Scott’s Knockfin Pedigree Hereford herd in Laois. This a family farming enterprise which comprises of Pedigree Herefords, some commercial stock and tillage. The group were given a tour of the farm and a run through the farm system before looking at the stock including; young bulls, maiden heifers, in-calf heifers, cows and stock bulls. Francis, Tim and John Paul Scott gave a detailed overview of the enterprise including the bloodlines and breeding of the stock.

Tennyson Egar from Irish Hereford Prime also gave a demonstration on the various cuts of beef and their value.

Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane Hereford breeder and Irish Hereford Prime board member gave a demonstration about the Breed Improvement Scheme bulls and Hereford bulls available in AI, indicating his own experiences using various straws on cows and heifers and the outcomes he found.

The day was very enjoyable all round and incorporating the commercial with the Pedigree meant there was something for everyone.

Huge thanks and appreciation are due to Declan Marren from the Irish Farmers Journal and John Hally, the farm owner, the entire & extended Scott family of Knockfin Herefords, Glenn Jacob of Dunsinane Herefords, Tennyson Egar from Irish Hereford Prime and all who attended on the day.

Upcoming events:

The next day out for Next Gen Herefords is Saturday 4th September. The group will be visiting the ICBF Tully Beef Centre. For more information and/or to register your interest please contact Louise in the IHBS office via email at: or IHBS Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter account.


Irish Hereford Breed Society and Irish Hereford Prime are delighted to announce the launch of their 2021 Hereford Photo & Calendar Competition.

There are 7 categories for the competition, including a video category open to all entrants. Each entrant may submit a maximum of two photos per category. Each photo entry must be accompanied by a caption. Competition photos and entry details may be uploaded via the link HERE!

Competition Categories;

  1. Show time – Pedigree Hereford animals standing for a photo as if at a show – all cows, heifers, bulls, calves accepted. (Please choose a suitable background).
  2. Cheeky Chappies – Pedigree or Crossbred Hereford Calves – must be under 6 months of age
  3. Here come the girls – Pedigree Hereford Cows or heifers – with or without calves and with or without a stock bull.
  4. The Boss – Hereford Stock bull on his own or with a herd of Dairy Cows or Suckler Cows with or without calves.
  5. The HEX Factor – Hereford cross heifers or steers in their natural environment.
  6. Prime Beef – Best photo of cooked or fresh Hereford beef suitable for any occasion.
  7. Why Hereford? – A video of you and /or your family talking about /promoting all things Hereford!
    • Max. 40 seconds duration
    • Video entry to be uploaded to your own YouTube channel and the link uploaded via our entry page

The rest is up to the entrant, feel free to use your imagination – have fun & act safely!

Terms and Conditions;

  1. This photography competition is open to anyone that creates photos containing Hereford cattle.
  2. Jeff Harvey’s photography tips tutorial video is available to view at any time via Irish Hereford Breed Society or Irish Hereford Prime websites
  3. All photos must be uploaded via the Website link, which is available on and by midnight on the 20th August 2021.
  4. All entrants must provide the following details: name; address; email address; phone number & herd number when uploading their entry
  5. Junior applicants (Under 18) must provide parental permission when uploading their entry
  6. All photos must be submitted by the photographer or with written permission from the photographer.
  7. All entrants acknowledge and consent that any photos entered in the 2021 Hereford photo competition may be used for the purposes of displaying entries. Entries will be published on IHBS and /or IHP websites and respective social media channels.
  8. All entrants acknowledge and consent that any photos entered in the 2021 Hereford photo competition may be used at a later stage for purposes of promoting the Hereford Breed.
  9. An independent judge will shortlist the submitted entries in each category. These shortlisted photos will be available for the public to vote online from Thursday 26th August 2021 until 10am on Thursday 2nd September 2021 & results will be announced on the same day.
  10. The shortlisted entries will then be put forward to compile a Hereford Calendar 2022 which will go on sale in aid of a national charity – each entrant will be expected to give written permission for the inclusion of their photo in the calendar and also submit the original photo taken to the society via email.
  11. No canvassing will be permitted during the shortlisting process and all decisions will be final.
  12. Each entrant may submit a maximum of two photos per category.
  13. If submitting two entries in the same category, at least one of those entries must include one or more people in the photo.
  14. All entries will be judged primarily on the photo quality and not just the cattle. Although good Herefords are always a winner!
  15. Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 20th August 2021.

All entries will be judged primarily on the photo quality and not just the cattle. Although good Herefords are always a Winner!


There will be one prize awarded to the winner of each of the 7 categories. Winners can choose from one of the following: 

  • €200 SuperValu voucher or
  • €200 Farm Wardrobe voucher or
  • €300 Jeff Harvey Photography voucher (A one to one mentoring session on photography and using your camera from Jeff Harvey, along with a family / couple / children’s portrait captured by Jeff on the day at your home or on the farm).

The overall winner of the 2021 Hereford Photo Competition will receive a €500 cash prize.

Hereford Calendar 2022

The shortlisted entries will be put forward to compile a Hereford Calendar 2022 which will go on sale in aid of a national charity. Each entrant will be expected to give written permission for the inclusion of their photo in the calendar and also submit the original photo taken to the society via email.

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get out with their phones and cameras and get creative!

Jeff Harvey’s top photography tips;

Contact for more information;

Any further queries may be sent by e-mail to or

Alternatively, please phone (044) 9348855 or (083) 8168824

Gurteragh horned & Dominarigle polled production Sale 2021

Michael O’Keeffe held a very successful production sale of Hereford females and embryos in Kanturk mart on Saturday 5th June 2021. Michael presented 40+ Pedigree females and embryos for sale on the day from his Gurteragh horned herd and Dominarigle polled herd, including 17 Autumn calving cows, 9 in-calf heifers, 10 maiden heifers and 5 weanling heifer.

The sale was a great success with the top price of the day flying in at €4300 for a three-year-old Gurteragh Oakley 652 daughter; Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET. This smashing cow was bred from one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney 611 which was a Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney daughter. This Four Star Replacement Index cow is also in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in October.

Maiden heifer; Dominarigle 1 Rosalyn 881 ET was sold for the second top price of the day at €3300. Born in December 2019, this Four Star replacement heifer is a half sister to Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET who sold for €4300 and sired by Gurteragh Justice ET.

It was a horned heifer who topped the price for In-calf heifers when Gurteragh Marigold 816 was sold to Clare for €2800. This stylish heifer was sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 ET and bred from an F.H Noel Dam. Marigold has a Four Star Replacement rate as well as being in calf to Balleen Bonus and due this month.

Gurteragh Alexandra 693 ET was purchased by a Tipperary farmer for €2700. This five-year-old cow is a Moyclare Lieutenant daughter, due to calve in August and carrying to Gurteragh Oakley. This cow’s dam; Gurteragh Fantasy is also the dam of Gurteragh Aristocrat, who sold for €3700 at the Premier Spring Hereford Sale in Tullamore in March 2019 to a breeder in Northern Ireland.

Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in August, was sold on the day for €2550. Sired by Balleen Bonus, this super cow is a daughter of one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney and her grand dam; Corlismore 1 Sydney was the top priced cow at the Gurteragh & Dominarigle Herd Sale back in 2015.

Top price on the day for weanling heifers was €2050 for a polled heifer; Dominarigle 1 Lyra 925. Lyra was purchased by a Hereford breeder from Cork. Lyra is a daughter of Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, who sold for €2550 and sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 Et. With a Five Star Replacement Rate, Lyra was bred from a Dominarigle 1 Sydney dam.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michael on the running of a very successful sale and wish him all the best going forward. Well done and the very best of luck also to all purchasers.

€3500 tops the trade at Kilkenny May bull sale

Mervyn & Henry Parr of Tourtane Herefords, Kilkenny had a very successful day at the Kilkenny Multi-breed bull sale last Wednesday. Tourtanepoll 1 Ryan 1197, born in November 2019, was bred from Kye Harry 789. With a Four Star Terminal Index and a low calving difficulty of 2.3%, Ryan was sold to a Waterford farmer for €3500, the top price for Herefords on the day.

Tourtanepoll 1 Ryan 1197 sold for €3500.

Balleen Herefords also had great success when the hammer dropped on €3000 for Balleen Rollercoaster. Rollercoaster, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny, was born in February 2020. This young bull is a 3/4 brother of Balleen Val (now standing in Dovea AI station) and along with having a Four Star Replacement Index – has a low calving difficulty of just 1.3% on beef cows & 4% on heifers, below the average.

The average price from the Hereford bull sale was €2475 with almost all of the bulls presented for sale being sold on the day.

€3900 tops the Nenagh May Hereford Sale

The final Irish Hereford Breed Society Bull sale for Spring 2021 was held last Saturday in Nenagh mart. There were a large number of entries with 49 bulls catalogued, however the strong demand for Hereford bulls that has been seen consistently this Spring along with strong home sales left many of the bulls being sold previous to the sale.

There was over 50% clearance rate on the day & the average price paid out was just shy of €2500 at €2479.

The top of the town was earned by Moyclare Seamus, bred by Michael Molloy of Moyclare Herefords, Offaly, who sold for €3900 to a Kerry Dairy Farmer. Born October 2019, Seamus was sired by Church Hill Nigel and holds a Five Star Terminal & Five Star Replacement Index as well as having Five Stars for Carcase Weight & Carcase Conformation.

Moyclare Seamus sold for €3900.

It was a successful day for new breeder; Michael Browne, of Gortacullin Herefords, Clare, who brought out Gortacullin Donald for the breeders first day at the sales. Donald, born October 2019 & bred from Gurteragh Maximus and Balleen Molly 1015, has a 2.5% easy calving index as well as Four Star Replacement rate . Donald sold for €2700.

Gortacullin Donald sold for €2700

Kieran Noonan of Double Tree Herefords, Cork also sold Double Tree Pete for €2700 to a fellow Cork dairy farmer. Pete was born in October 2019 & is a Trillick Best son as well as being bred from a milky fertile FH Noel cow. Pete has a Five Star Terminal & Replacement Index.

Double Tree Pete sold for €2700

There was a double success for West Cork breeder; John Cahalane, of Droumgarriffe Herefords, who went home with an empty trailer after selling both of his bulls entered for sale. Lot 6 – Droumgarriffe Lucky, born August 2019 & bred from Allowdale Rory 594, has a Five Star Terminal & a Four Star Replacement index with Five stars across the board for Carcase weight & conformation. This fertility tested bull sold to a local Tipperary farmer for €2600.

Droumgarriffe Lucky sold for €2600

Garriffe 1 Miah was also sold to a Galway herd for €2600. Miah, born August 2019 & bred from Cill Cormaic Kapser & from a Kilsunny Goliath dam, has a Five Star Replacement & a Four Star Terminal Index as well as being fertility tested also.

Garriffe 1 Miah sold for €2600

The Society would like to wish all purchasers the best of luck with their bulls from all of the Society sales this Spring & wish all breeders the best of luck for the remainder of the season. The Society would also like to thank Irish Hereford Prime for their support & for sponsoring each of the Spring sales.