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Certified Irish Hereford Beef Wins Once Again at the Great Taste Awards

Great Taste 2015Award winning Hereford Fillet Steak

This latest award for Irish Hereford Fillet Steak and the more recently introduced Irish Hereford Flat Iron Steak confirms the superior quality inherent in the range of Irish Hereford Beef products available throughout Lidl Ireland outlets.

Following on a great performance and result at the Great Taste Awards in 2014 customers are assured of a quality product which provides a satisfying eating experience that will tantalise and satisfy the taste buds of the most discerning.

The Certified Irish Hereford Beef is produced from Ireland’s rich grasslands by Bord Bia quality assured farmers to a recognised spec and carefully matured to ensure satisfaction.

Congratulations to all involved from production through processing, packaging and delivery to the consumer.

The Irish Hereford Society acknowledge the role of Hereford beef producers, Slaney Foods International,  its partners and Lidl Ireland all of whom ensure the continued success of the range of Certified Irish Hereford Beef Products available throughout Ireland at a Lidl store near you.            http://www.lidl.ie/en/5744.htm

Additional quality assured Hereford Beef Producers required, contact irishhereford@gmail.com for further information asap.

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Munster Branch Successful Field Evening at ‘Dereens Hereford Herd’

The Munster Branch IHBS were very pleased with the large turnout at their recent Field Evening at the long established and successful Dareens Hereford Herd hosted by the Fitzpatrick Family at Clonmore, Templemore, Co Tipperary.

The Dareens Herd was established in 1950 with the purchase of a cow named Colleen Bawn bred by Mr E Callanan, Bouladuff, Thurles. Her dam Maureen Bawn sired by the great Weston Rumpus was bred by Mr Paddy Kealy, Horseleap, Moate, Co Westmeath.

Other females purchased in the intervening years included Ballypatrick Lady from Con Ryan, Glaslough Lady from S & N Heatrick, Lugboy Julie from the late Michael Campbell, and two more recent purchases from the Balleen herd of Tom Brennan and the Gurteragh herd of Michael O’Keeffe.

A number of leased bulls have stood at the Dareens herd including the DOA leased bull Forbes Rough purchased by the DOA at the RDS, Ballingrawn Jupiter bred by the late George Hodgins, Camblin Sapphire 93J from Wilie Clarke and more recently the homebred Dareens Andy a Yarram Pompeii son, Ardmulchan Elvis from Phil Smyth and Balleen Dynamite from Tom Brennan.

A useful opportunity was provided for young and old to view the herd and take part in the many activities taking place.

An outstanding group of cows at the 'Dareens Herd'
An outstanding group of cows at the ‘Dareens Herd’
Group of Heifers at 'Dareens Herd'
Group of Heifers at ‘Dareens Herd’
Group of young bulls at the 'Dereens Herd'
Group of young bulls at the ‘Dereens Herd’
Stock Bull Balleen Dynamite
Stock Bull Balleen Dynamite
Martin Murphy Chairman Munster Branch IHBS John Fitzpatrick 'Dareens Herefords' Field Evening host accepting a presentation by Society President John Neenan on behalf of the branch
Martin Murphy Chairman Munster Branch IHBS John Fitzpatrick ‘Dareens Herefords’ Field Evening host accepting a presentation by Society President John Neenan on behalf of the branch
Maura and Jim Fitzpatrick 'Dareens Herefords' Field Evening host accepting a presentation by Society President John Neenan on behalf of the branch
Maura and Jim Fitzpatrick ‘Dareens Herefords’ Field Evening host accepting a presentation by Society President John Neenan on behalf of the branch
Martin Murphy Chairman Munster Branch IHBS with Shane O'Brien winner of weight guessing competition receives his trophy from Society President John Neenan
Martin Murphy Chairman Munster Branch IHBS with Shane O’Brien winner of weight guessing competition receives his trophy from Society President John Neenan
Stock Judging- Emma Carey, Jack O'Connor and Lesley Lewis
Stock Judging- Emma Carey, Jack O’Connor and Lesley Lewis
An enjoyable evening
An enjoyable evening
Friends and hospitality
Friends and hospitality

New Hereford President Takes Up Office

Mr John Neenan current President of IHBS Ltd.
Mr John Neenan current President of IHBS Ltd.

Taking up office as the President of the Society on the 1st July 2015 is John Neenan, Tullaha, Broadford, Charleville, Co Limerick.  John is serving his 2nd term on the Hereford Council and is a past Chairman of the Munster Branch of the Society.

The Tullaha herd was founded by his late father James Neenan in 1971 when he bought an incalf heifer from J.C.Bateman, Ballinhassig, Co Cork and was followed by animals from Johnny Delee from Templeglantine, Co Limerick.  However brucellosis meant an end to those lines so he started again with the purchase of 2 heifers from the Linaun herd, the property of the Wall brothers, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.  The Linaun line is still very prominent in today’s herd.

John lives in the heart of the dairy country and all bulls are sold at home.  The President is a successful exhibitor on the show circuit and Judge at many shows and sales.  During his term of office he hopes to attend as many Hereford events as possible and to relay the concerns of members to Council.

John is immensely honoured to be taking up office at a time when the Hereford breed is the most talked about beef breed in Ireland and all for the right reasons.  However he has concerns for the poor star rating of some of our Herefords thus narrowing our gene pool.  This is due to many of our Herefords bulls serving Jersey and Holstein X Jersey cows which are producing poor calves and low grade steers and heifers into our facilities. Often such animals overshadow the excellent stock produced when the breed is crossed on adequate females in either the dairy or beef herd.

The new Vice-President of the Society is Liam Philpott, Knocknacolan, Kanturk, Co Cork

Irish Hereford Society Re Elect Westmeath Man Chairman

William(Willie) Branagan
William(Willie) Branagan

Mr William (Willie) Branagan the well-known Co Westmeath Hereford breeder from Clonleam, Delvin and proprietor of the Clonleam pedigree Hereford herd has been elected Chairman of the Irish Hereford Breed Society for a third consecutive three year term. In a break with precedent and tradition the appointment by the Society’s council is made at a time of expansion in demand for the breed which has been enjoying some considerable success in recent years. The maximum term of office held by any previous chairman is two three year terms.

Demand for Hereford bulls is growing in both dairy and beef herds as beef producers strive to meet demand for quality assured Hereford cross beef required to satisfy growing demand for the Hereford branded beef programs the Society is involved in. These outlets have proven a lucrative source of income for beef producers with premium prices available for suitable stock.

2014 has seen an increase of 19.7% in Hereford cross calves born with a similar increase in demand through AI over the same period. Demand for pedigree breeding heifers has seen a marked growth in demand with many new entrants to membership of the Society.

The Society holds it first show and sale of 2015 at Tullamore on Tuesday March 24th next. This promises to be an ideal opportunity for prospective purchasers to select from a line of quality stock.

The Society wishes Mr Branagan well as chairman.