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Hereford Photo Competition 2020 is open to public vote!

2020 Hereford Photo Competition 

After the tough task of shortlisting entries for our independent Judge, Jeff Harvey – the Public Voting is now underway for the 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 – head over to Irish Hereford Facebook Page & cast your vote by liking the photo of your choice.

The photo with the most 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄𝐒 overall for each category will be crowned the Category Winner & will be in with a chance of winning the Overall Prize!

Each Category of the competition has been posted singly on Facebook to ensure each entrant gets a fair chance at the public vote.  

Everyone is welcome to vote &  Voting ends 14th September.

Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.

Well done & a huge thanks to all who entered the competition – the very best of luck to the remaining entries!

The Shortlisted entries are as follows;

Category 1: Show Time.

“Grianan Orange U 877 showing how it’s done” – Padraic McKenna, Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan.
“Blood Red” – David Dolan, Goldenred Herefords, Offaly
Nathaniel Shaw, Sessiagh Herefords , Tyrone.

Category 2 – Cheecky Chappies

“Few of the pedigree calves” – Lauren Curry , Amagh
“Is breakfast ready yet Mammy? ” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Calf Whisperer” – Niamh Bourke, Tipperary
“Boss Baby” – Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary
“Caoimhe age 4 delighted with her new calf Ginger” – Frances Byrne, Offaly
Joseph Lawrence , Wicklow

Category 3 – The Boss

“Stock Bull to our Pedigree herd” – Gurteragh Aristocrat 758 : Lauren Curry, Armagh
“Green Grass, Blue skys and one very handsome boss” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Hair of the Dog” – Aidan Wrynne, Leitrim
“Trevor is on heat detection this morning!” – Imelda Kinsella, Kilkenny
“Happy couple” – Hannah Murphy, Kilkenny
“Cool Dudes x2” – Edward Dudley, Castlekill & Kilsunny Herefords, Tipperary.

Category 4 – The WhiteHead Cross

“A dose of Vitamin Bee!” – Theresa O’Leary, Cork
“Bedtime kisses” – Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg Herefords, Offaly
“Mona Lisa” – Mary Blennerhassett, Limerick
“THE HEX FACTOR” – Kerry Fylnn, Rossmore Herefords, Monaghan
“Have you anything nice for us?” – Jesse Deverell, Offaly
“Sisters Caoimhe age 4 & Grainne age 1 happily looking at their uncle Michael’s whitehead cattle” – Frances Byrne, Offaly
“Happy heads” – Edward Roe, Tipperary.
“Two is Better than One!” – Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Cork
“When lunch costs you an arm and a leg!” – Karina McLoughlin, Roscommon
“A Prime Boy” – Liam Corcoran, Tipperary

Category 5 – Cooking Time

“Marble on slate” – John Lynch, Droumdaniel Herefords, Cork
“Hand Selected 28 day dry aged Hereford strip- loin steaks. Hand selected and supplied by H.Murray” – Shane King, Westmeath
“There will be no scraps left tonight” – Orla O’Dea, Tipperary

Category 6 – Why Herefords?

This Category was a video entry only category and the judge has shortlisted 2 videos for the public vote. These are as follows & can be found on the Irish Hereford Facebook Page entited “Category 6 – Why Hereford” (There are 2 individual Posts).

Entrant: Ross Bateman, Slieveroe Herefords, Riverstock, Co. Cork.

Entrant: Lar Fitzharris,Clonmines, Co. Wexford.

Remember – Votes can ONLY be cast by liking the individual Photo of your choice on each of the 7 posts on the Irish Hereford Breed Society Facebook Page.

Katie Brady, shares an insight into the World Hereford Conference 2020 in NZ.

Katie Brady of Waterloo Herefords in Cavan, along with; Michael Barrett, Eoin Lynch & Sinead Conry, travelled to New Zealand in March 2020 to represent Ireland and compete in the Young Breeders Competition at the World Hereford Conference against teams from around the World, while being kindly sponsored by Slaney Foods International. Read Katie’s account of the experience below.

“If you told me this time last year, that I would of be chosen to represent the Irish Hereford society in New Zealand and while I was  there the whole world would go into a lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, I definitely would of told you that you were mad in the head.

I think the moment I was repacking my suitcase in the car in the M50 traffic from one that I had burst the zip on, an hour before doing last minute packing and having to purchase a new one on-route to the airport I knew it was going to be an experience of a lifetime.

After flying for over 24 hours, we finally landed in Auckland and not even realising my brand new suitcase wheels were broken could not have ruined my pure excitement of being in New Zealand

We soon made are way to the hotel that Eoin had booked, I think if it wasn’t for his great planning  skills I would of spent the whole trip running from hotel to hotel last minute looking for a room. The first day was spent getting used to the time difference and in my case, buying another suitcase. Yes case number 3.

We only spent one night in Auckland before heading back to the airport to fly to the Bay of Islands in Northland. it was in the airport we first met some of the Herefords breeders. It was only a 50 minute flight which felt like nothing compared to the one we were after taking a few days earlier.

The Bay of Islands is truly breath-taking, I think it has some of the most stunning views in New Zealand. There was only about 30 of us altogether in that group which meant I got to talk and mix with everyone on the many farm tours and other activities from walking in Kauri Forests to Dolphin watching. Many of the farms were in severe drought and some of the first rain in many weeks came while we were there; it was stated that it was us Irish that bought the rain with us.

View from Matapouri Herefords
Katie,Eoin & Sinead visiting with the Shepherd family of Waimaire & Otengi Herefords.

After an eventful three days in the Bay of Islands it was time to fly back to Auckland. It was here we met many of the other people attending the conference. The next day many of the breeders went on the tour of the North Island while Eoin, Sinead, Louise and I headed south of Auckland to explore the North island. We spent a few days touring around and stopped at Craigmore Herefords while travelling, where we were treated to great New Zealand hospitality and enjoyable visit of their farm.

Eoin, Katie, Sinead & Daniel Henderson at Craigmore Hereford stud.
Craigmore Polled Hereford bulls.

We then flew to Queenstown where the main conference was held. It was also in Queenstown where we met all of the other teams of young breeders. First on the agenda was some bonding; go karting was the perfect way to start some friendly team banter and competition.

Full group of Young Handlers at Waiau Hereford Stud.

We then were loaded up onto buses and headed to Te Anau. When we arrived in Te Anau our team was completed with the arrival of Michael. The next morning it was an early start to travel to Waiau Hereford stud for the module day. We got our skills tested in 5 different modules including; fencing, beef cuts, genetics, animal health and agribusiness. Later that night was our quiz night where our general knowledge on agriculture was tested. It was an early start after a late enjoyable night, this time for our stock judging day. We were given the task of not only judging 3 groups of Herefords but also two groups of sheep and a fleece, this was something we were not expecting but we give it our best shot.

Sinead & Katie assessing beef cuts.
Katie, Sinead, Eoin & Michael working on their agribusiness test.

It was then time for us to travel back to Queenstown. It was here we had to give a team presentation on how we would solve the divide between urban and rural communities in our country. That night we attended the gala dinner with all the other delegates from around the world – this was truly a night to remember. The next day was the fun; a tourist day for the young members as we enjoyed a day of jet boating & visiting Locharburn horned Hereford stud before moving onto Wanaka in preparation for the next stage of the competition.

Michael, Sinead,Katie & Eoin ready for the Gala evening.

Then it was show day, well the day before the show but this was the day for us to meet our heifers for the first time and get used to them before the afternoon’s clipping competition. It was very interesting to see how no two teams clipped their heifer in the same way, every country looked for something different in the animal and this was very clear in their clipping.

Katie grooming her chose heifer ahead of the Wanaka A&P Show.

The next day was the show day, all of the other members travel from Queenstown to Wanaka so it was good to see some of the people we had met in the last few days again. We also got to show our heifers that day at the show which we had been caring for and grooming. This was also a unique experience to see how all the different countries showing styles differed. This was an enjoyable day but also a sad day as this was the last day with all the other young members that we had become friends with. After one final night together we had to say our good byes. We made new friendships all over the world and we all have one thing in common, Herefords and the love of farming and breeding Herefords.

Katie showing her heifer in the show ring.
Katie showing her ringcraft skills.
Full group of Young Handler teams at Wanaka Show grounds.

The next morning we travelled back to Queenstown, it was a weird feeling as the bus was a lot more empty then it had been the previous week as a lot of people had already left to start their journeys home. We then flew up to Christchurch – we stayed there for three days. The main reason for visiting Christchurch was to visit Sliverstream stud so we could see Pute Nascar N13. This is the bull which semen is now available in Ireland to Irish Hereford breeders via the Breed Improvement Scheme. It was well worth the trip as he is a very impressive bull.  Again, the hospitality of the families in New Zealand was excellent and we were made to feel at home on these large stud farms .

Pute Nascar N13
Irish Hereford Delegation visiting with the Fisher & Smyth Family at Silverstream Stud.

I don’t think these words give justice to New Zealand and the people of New Zealand and all the other teams from different countries. If I was to write every detail about it I would have a book, I just know that this was a once in a lifetime trip that I will remember and treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Slaney foods International and all of the breeders that gave us sponsorship for our travels. To my teammates; Sinead, Eoin and Michael, it was a pleasure and honour to represent the Irish Hereford team 2020 with you and special thanks to Louise for all her guidance and help along the way and all her assistance in making this trip such a special experience.

Team Ireland in New Zealand 2020.

Aliehs Hereford Herd Reduction Sale 2020

Aliehs Herefords are presenting Registered Pedigree Hereford Cows with calves at foot, In-Calf Cows & Maiden heifers for sale in Kanturk Livestock Mart on Tuesday 25th August at 2pm in conjunction with the weekly sale.

Timmie & Sheila O’Sullivan will present the following quality Hereford cattle for sale;

  • 5 x Cows with calves at foot;
  • 4 x Cows in calf
  • 4 x Maiden heifers (4 & 5 star).

All cattle are available for viewing between now & the sale on farm by appointment only.

Cattle will also be available for viewing from 11am in Kanturk Mart on the morning of the sale – 25th August 2020; pens marked no. 32 – 39.

All cows & heifers are Genomic tested with many of them eligible for the BDGP Scheme.

Timmie & Sheila can be contacted by phone to make viewing appointments or in relation to any other queries about the sale via;

House Phone; 068 44125

Mobile Phone; 0872 250210

Please note; Mobile phone coverage varies on the farm & contacting via the house phone may be a more suitable option.

This is an ideal opportunity for any breeder interested in expanding their herd of Pedigree Registered cows or equally anyone who is interested in starting their own Hereford Herd.

The Society would like to wish Timmie & Sheila the very best of luck with their sale & wish all buyers the best of luck with their purchases.

The Full Sale Catalogue is available HERE!

Hereford Photo Competition 2020 opens with €2000 worth of prizes to be won!

Irish Hereford Breed Society and Irish Hereford Prime are delighted to announce the launch of their 2020 Hereford Photo Competition. As part of this initiative the Hereford groups have developed a photography tutorial video with professional photographer Jeff Harvey. This short video gives a few simple but effective tips that everyone will find useful and can be accessed HERE!

There are 6 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 (using Jeff’s top tips from tutorial video) standing Pedigree Hereford animals for a photo as if at a show – all cows, heifers, bulls, calves accepted.
  • Cheeky Chappies – Pedigree or Crossbred Hereford Calves – must be under 6 months of age.
  • The Boss – Hereford Stock bull on his own or with a herd of Dairy or Suckler cows.
  • The Whitehead Cross – Hereford cross heifers or steers in their natural environment.
  • Cooking time – Best photo of cooked or fresh Hereford beef suitable for any occasion.
  • Why Hereford?A video of you and / or your family talking about / promoting all things Hereford – The rest is up to the entrant, feel free to use your imagination – have fun & act safely!

– Max. 90 seconds duration

-Video entry to be uploaded to your own YouTube channel and the link uploaded via our entry page.

Full Terms and Conditions are available to download from via this LINK. The closing date for entries is midnight on the 28th August 2020. An independent judge, will shortlist the entries. These shortlisted photos will be available for the public to vote online from Thursday 3rd September 2020.

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

Prizes

There will be one prize awarded to the winner of each of the 6 categories. Winners can choose from 1 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 2020 Hereford Photo Competition will receive a €500 cash prize.

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

Any further queries may be sent by e-mail to irishhereford@gmail.com or info@irishherefordprime.com

Alternatively, please phone (044) 9348855 or (083) 8138824

Michael Barrett, shares his experience at the WHC2020 IN NEW ZEALAND.

Michael Barrett of Gurtaleen Herefords in Cork, along with; Sinead Conry, Eoin Lynch & Katie Brady, travelled to New Zealand in March 2020 to represent Ireland and compete in the Young Breeders Competition at the World Hereford Conference against teams from around the World, while being kindly sponsored by Slaney Foods International. Read Michael’s account of the experience below.

“My trip to the World Hereford conference began on the 5th of March 2020 when I set flight from Dublin Airport. A short while later, thirty hours to be precise, I landed in Queenstown New Zealand.

Will Gibson of Foulden Hill Genetics met me at the airport and together we travelled the two hour journey down to Te Anau in the South Island of New Zealand. Along the journey I got a great insight into what the beautiful countryside of New Zealand had to offer. There I met the rest of the Irish team, Eoin, Katie and Sinead. My first night in New Zealand was greeted with drinks and food by a lake side bar in Te Anau. We were given a detailed plan of the busy week ahead and a briefing about the various events in which we were participating in. The night ended with a song and drink with team members from the other participating countries. A couple of hours sleep and off to the modules we went on Sunday morning. These modules took place on the Waiau Hereford stud farm.

Young Breeders at Waiau Stud

These modules included tasks such as animal health, fencing, agribusiness, selecting heifers suitable for breeding, and the most enjoyable of all, the beef cuts module.

Michael & Eoin completing the beef cuts module.

We completed the modules in the morning and were then given a tour of the farm in the afternoon. This was a little different from our farm walks back home. We were carried around the 1000 acre farm in a long wheel based jeep while listening to the farm details from the farm manager, through the radio in the jeep. The scale of the operation was an eye opener for us all. Throughout this tour we got to see some of the best polled Hereford cattle that New Zealand had to offer. That evening we participated in an agricultural quiz when we arrived back to Te Anau. This was another great evening where we enjoyed food and a drink with more Hereford enthusiasts from all parts of New Zealand.

Quiz Night

Monday the 9th was Stock judging day on the Monymusk herd of Chris, Jayne and Henry Douglas. Within the day’s activities we had to judge a field of bulls, 2 year old heifers and yearling heifers. This was accompanied with the judging of sheep, and sheep fleeces. The breeds of sheep varied between Romney and Suftex lambs. We then gave our reasoning’s for placing the yearling heifers in front of judges and the wider audience on the day.

That night the youth conference joined up with the rest of the World Hereford Conference at a Gala welcome reception in Queenstown. We also met the rest of the Irish representatives – Larry, William and Louise. We were greeted with a great Maori welcome in which the Haka was performed.

Young Breeders at the Welcome Reception

On Tuesday we had an early breakfast overlooking the beautiful countryside that Queenstown has before gearing ourselves up for a day of presenting. Each team participating in the youth competition had to give a 10 minute presentation to a group of judges to address the title – ‘If you were in a position of influence, what would you do to bridge the divide in agriculture between rural and urban people’. The remainder of Tuesday we had a small bit of free time to explore Queenstown. Eoin and I decided to show Sinead and Katie how to play a bit of pitch and putt, before we took a Skyline lift up to get an ariel view overlooking Queenstown. That night, the conference took a boat trip out to a gala dinner. The food, craic and comradery that was experienced on the night was one of the highlights of the trip. Thursday we moved up the country to Wanaka to prepare for the show days ahead. On route we stopped in a country village called Arrowtown, experienced a shotover (Speedboat) Jet and visited the horned Hereford herd of Locharburn.

Young Breeders going for gold in the shotover jet experience.
Heifers at Locharburn Stud.

With the cattle arriving that evening we helped out all the different herds with the washing and stalling of cattle.

Thursday brought the clipping competition upon us. We were given two heifers to wash, clip and prepare for show day. We then had to give a presentation on why we clipped the heifer the way we did. For us show people, it was very interesting to see the great variation in the way that the cattle were being presented. That evening we were given our class numbers for show day.

Michael showcasing his chosen heifer in the ring.
Eoin, Katie, Sinead & Michael ready to hit the show ring at Wanaka A&P Show.

Friday brought with it the Wanaka A and P show. To describe the scene of show day, was like having Tullamore show on the Lakes of Killarney. The handling competition was broken up into four heats in where the top 3 went through to a finals class. The competition was extremely high with 9 participants in each heat. As the show day drew to an end the party moved to a rooftop bar in which we got to have food and drinks with many of the cattle owners.  Saturday brought an end to my trip. We departed Wanaka and headed to Queenstown where I embarked on the journey home. Thirty five hours later I was back home in the real capital of Cork. A trip of a lifetime was brought to an end. I would like to thank the Irish Hereford Society for giving me the opportunity to represent them on the World stage. I would like to thank Slaney foods International  for sponsoring the competition and making the whole trip possible. I would like to thank Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords who gave up of his time to help us prepare as a team before New Zealand. I would like to thank all the different Hereford breeders who gave us contributions towards our trip and valuable advice ahead of our trip. I would finally like to thank Boehringer Ingelheim for organising an unbelievable competition which brought like-minded Hereford people together and igniting friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Michael, Sinead, Katie & Eoin at The National Hereford Calf Show 2019