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Kilmallock Autumn 2018 Sale

Judge: Coote Geelan | Baltymore Herefords

The final Hereford Autumn Sale took place in Kilmallock before the October Bank Holiday. A number of double entered bulls which were sold the previous week in Tullamore along with a number of private sales led to a total of 42 bulls appearing on the day out of the cataloged 68. From this 18 were sold leading to a clearance rate of 43% and a combined average price of €2,350 which was satisfactory given the tough year experienced by farms from all enterprises. Many farmers expressed their interest in buying a bull but also added that it would be next Spring before they’d be making a purchase, which will hopefully lead to a strong demand for bulls at the first of our Spring sales in 2019.

Tom Brennan, owner of the long established Balleen herd in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny retained the Champion title having previously won the accolade back in 2017 and also went on the top the sale on the day with a total of €4,000. With popular sires in his breeding lines such as Churchill Storm, Gageboro Eugenic and Mawarra Sentimental combined with exceptional length and conformation its clear why ‘Balleen Banjo’ attracted a lot of interest from spectators on the day.  Tom Brennan’s Champion ‘Balleen Banjo’ – sold for €4,000

New breeder Shane O’Driscoll is on a role, securing an additional €50 on the price he made from his sale at the Premier Show the week before meaning he left with an empty trailer and €3,050 in his pocket for his very stylish bull ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ who was also crowned Reserve Champion on the day. Sired by Trillick Hotspur, O’Driscolls ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ had a formidable showing season earlier in the year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Bandon, Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Champion at Barryroe Show. Reserve Champion on the day ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ with owner Shane O’Driscoll who was sold for €3,050

Upcoming Events

National Hereford Calf Show

Sunday 11th November in Tullamore GVM

Starting at 10am

Hereford Premier Autumn Sale 2018

The Hereford Society held its Premier Autumn Sale on Saturday 20th October in Tullamore mart. Although there was a large number of animals present at the event, it didn’t take too long to get through the pre-sale showing exhibition thanks to the expert judging of Robin Irvine from the Graceland herd. Some very strong bulls were exhibited on the day with a large crowd present from early that morning right through to the end of the sale with the heifers in particular selling very well, achieving a clearance rate of 93%.

Irvine tapped forward David Larkins bull as his Male Champion who also went on to make top price on the day. Having won 2nd prize in his class at the Nation Hereford show earlier this year ‘Cill Cormiac Perseus’ is a bull of great shape, length and strength at just 18 months old, making him a fine candidate to be named after the great Greek hero. Sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln who is out of one Davids older stock bulls – Cedar Liam, a bull who has bred very well for the Cill Cormaic herd combined with the superb breeding lines of Cill Cormaic Jolie a Dam who has bred a number of show winners, most notably Cill Cormaic Niamh who was Tullamore female Champion back in 2016.

Three trait and fertility tested, this years premier champion attracted many admirers and quickly bid his way up over the 4,000 mark from a number of potential buyers. It was Declan Donnelly from the very successful and long established Clondrina herd that triumphed the bidding war securing his new bull with a final price of €4,850.

David Larkin with his Cill Cormaic Perseus that sold for €4,850

Larkin wasn’t finished yet as he entered the ring again with another bull who also performed well at the National Hereford show back in August winning first in his class. ‘Cill Cormaic Pius’ scored five stars for terminal combined with a very attractive calving figure of 3.3% made him an ideal addition to Tom Mahers herd at a price of €3,500.Joey Larking and Tom Maher with his new bull -sold for €3,500

Next in the ring was Michael Molloy with his smashing 18 month old bull ‘Moyclare Quality’ who took the rosette for Reserve Champion at the event. This very stylish bull with tremendous breed character  shares the same dam as last years sale topper, Moyclare Phoenix who sold for €6,600. It’s clear that Moyclare Rose 29 is breeding very well for Mr. Molloy, with ‘Moyclare Quality’ selling at €3,300.Moyclare Quality sold for €3,300 with owner Michael Molloy

Having enjoyed great success at numerous shows this summer ‘Kye Gerard 793’, a very classy bull quickly hit the €3,100 mark upon entering the ring. Owned by Padraig McGrath this bull is sired by Steil Gerard who’s progeny have proven successful in both the sales and show circuit over the past few years.Padraig McGrath in the ring with Kye Gerard 793 that he sold for €3,100

John Cantys bull ‘Portanob Rob’ who was exhibited in the earlier classes was a very attractive looking animal of superb Hereford quality and a sweet head, selling for €3,000. Sharing bloodlines from a sire (Balleen Revival) and dam (Ballymartin Karen) who are both descendants of some of the oldest breeding herds in the country, ‘Rob’ would be an excellent addition to any pedigree, commercial or dairy herd. John Canty’s Portanob Rob who generated a lot of interest at the sale and also at this years National Ploughing when he was on was display on the Irish Hereford Society stand – sold for €3,000

New breeder Shane O’Driscoll exhibited a remarkable young bull that performed well at a number of shows earlier this year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Cork Show, Reserve Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Munster Junior Bull of the year. ‘Butlerstown Duke’ also performed well on paper scoring 4 and 5 stars respectively for Terminal and Replacment. Aidan Farrell from Moate, Co. Westmeath will now become the new owner securing Duke with a price of €3,000.Shane O’Driscoll with Butlerstown Duke which made €3,000

Cavan man Gary McKiernan from the Corlismore herd made a total of €5,800 for his two 15 month old bulls ‘Corlismore Leonardo 927’ & ‘Corlismore Masterplan 926’. The dam of ‘Leoanardo’ (Corlismore Oyster 800) enjoyed a formidable showing career having been crowned Champion at numerous summer shows back in 2016 and is recognised by the McKiernans as having the best female line at Corlismore having bred Corlismore Sydney who was triumphant at many shows earlier this year.

Similarly the dam of ‘Masterplan’ enjoyed a successful showing spell back in 2014 & 2015 winning Champion at many of the shows she attended and contains the lines of two time National Hereford Champion Grianan Firecracker.

Corlismore Leonardo 927 owned by Sean McKiernan and sold for €3,000

Gary & Evelyn McKiernan with their first prize winner Corlismore Masterplan 926 that made €2,800

A great demand for heifers was enjoyed with Nigel Heatricks Glaslough Tina securing the highest price of the day selling for €3,000. Having won her class Tina was a stunning heifer exhibiting great feminine qualities and proven bloodlines with sires such as Clondrina 1110th, Balleen Gilbert and Gageboro coded in her DNA.Nigel Heatrick with his sale topping heifer Glaslough Tina – sold for €3,000

Remaining in the ring, Heatrick put his Female Reserve Champion ‘Glaslough Saffron’ on display who was just shy of her herd mate’s price selling at €2,900 followed by “Glaslough Sara 2” who sold €2,550.Reserve Heifer Champion Glaslough Saffron that sold for €2,900 with owner Nigel Heatrick

Also hitting the €2,550 mark was father and son duo Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald with their stunning polled heifer ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812’. Sired by the well established Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid this very impressive heifer scored top maternal marks with 5 stars for replacement.Anselm Fitzgerald with Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812 which made €2,550

Champion heifer was ‘Ardmulchan Clover 735’, owned by long time breeder Phil Smyth this stunning heifer is bred from his senior stock bull Church Preen Galileo who has proven to be very successful for the Ardmulchan herd based in Navan.IHBS President Martin Murphy presents the Hereford Female Champion Cup to Catherine Smyth – sold for €2,450

Overall the sale was quite respectable with some of the younger bulls selling very well combined with a huge demand for heifers. On behalf of its members the society would like to wish all the successful bidders the best of luck with their purchases. We will be running our final Hereford Autumn Sale this Friday 26th October in Kilmallock and as usual our annual Calf Show will take place in November which is dated for Sunday the 11th.



The summer show circuit came to an end after a busy few months on the road at last weekend’s Clonaslee Show. The show is staged near the Laois/Offaly county border and master judge for the day’s proceedings was Mr. Ger O’ Brien, an ICBF linear scorer from Callan, Co. Kilkenny. One of the smaller rural shows on the summer calendar, this year’s entry attracted a total of six different exhibitors with several of them competing at the show for the very first time.

Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary rounded off an exceptional show season for the Kilsunny show team in some style, clinching the supreme breed championship with Kilsunny Lass Orchid. This 13 month old yearling heifer was the reserve Munster junior female of the year at Cappamore last month and has collected five red rosettes over the summer.

Supreme Hereford Champion: Kilsunny Lass Orchid

First time exhibitor at Clonaslee, John Johnston, Toomevara, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary took the reserve championship with his bull calf, Farney Osmondo. John, Mary & Rebecca Johnston have enjoyed a triumphant return to the showing scene in 2018 and have collected several prizes and championships with this particular calf over the summer, including the reserve championship at Cappamore and Limerick shows just last month.

Reserve Champion: Farney Osmondo with John, Mary & Rebecca Johnston

Other class winners included Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg, Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly who won the senior heifer class with Glosterbegpoll 1 Suzie (who was also a class winner at Moate Show) and Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary who won the cow class with Kilsunny Doreen’s Jasmin.

2018 Hereford Bursary Winners

Winners of 5 X €1,000 Hereford Agricultural Education Bursaries Announced despite the Ploughing Championships being Cancelled!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society, in collaboration with Slaney Foods International & Lidl Ireland have awarded 5 bursaries of €1,000 each to 5 successful candidates. The activity was supposed to be held at the 87th National Ploughing Championships but unfortunately had to be relocated to the Tullamore Court Hotel shortly after it was announced that the Ploughing Championships were cancelled on Wednesday. The programme, which was launched earlier in the Spring, created wide interest from prospective and aspiring agricultural students wishing to go to Agricultural College or study Agriculture at 3rd level in the Republic of Ireland this year. Participants had to submit an assignment entitled:

Young Farmers’ Challenges & Opportunities in Beef Farming.


A team of adjudicators selected ten qualifiers to attend for an interview yesterday at the Irish Hereford Breed Society Stand. Despite the Ploughing Championships being cancelled, all 10 finalists together with their families arrived at the Tullamore Court Hotel for their interviews. These interviews and the selection of the final 5 winners was carried out by Matt Dempsey (Chairman of the Agricultural Trust) who is very well known and highly regarded within the Irish Agricultural Sector. The winners of this year’s 5 X €1000 Hereford Agricultural Education Bursaries are:

  • Anna Jacob – Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • Ciaran Moore – Tullamore, Co. Offaly
  • Diarmúid McDonald – Barntown, Co. Wexford
  • Eoin McCormack – Donaskeigh, Co. Tipperary
  • Niall Woods – Drogheda, Co. Louth

Well done also to the 5 runners up:

  • Aideen Barry – Carlow, Co. Carlow
  • Eugene Costello – Moate, Co. Westmeath
  • Neil Maher – Birr, Co. Offaly
  • Orla Hayes – Kanturk, Co. Cork
  • Sarah Donnelly – Stradone, Co. Cavan

Front Row L to R: Orla Hayes (Co. Cork), Aideen Barry (Co. Carlow), Anna Jacob (Co. Wexford), Sarah Donnelly (Co. Cavan), Diarmuid McDonald (Co. Wexford), Neil Maher (Co. Offaly)

Back Row L to R: Eugene Costello (Co. Westmeath), Ciaran Moore (Co. Offaly), Niall Woods (Co. Louth), Eoin McCormack (Co. Tipperary)

“Together with our partners we are very pleased with the response to the competition and with the efforts of the young aspiring agricultural enthusiasts who participated. We wish the five winners and the five runners up all of whom reached a very high standard every success in their chosen career path.” commented Henry Dudley – Vice President of the Irish Hereford Breed Society.

The challenges arising for agriculture into the future will require increased education particularly in Agricultural Science. The environmental challenges facing the industry are many and varied depending on where in the world food is produced and where the world’s population is concentrated. We are confident that this competition has succeeded in highlighting the great need for further education in agriculture to meet the needs of a growing population.

152nd Strokestown Show 2018

The 152nd Strokestown show took place on Saturday 8th September, with a strong turn out of exhibitors in the Hereford section. A long established and well run event, Strokestown show usually marks the end of the showing season for many Hereford breeders until the start of the Society Autumn sales, which are scheduled for October next.

Judge Martin Murphy judged the event for a second year in a row, tapping forward Christine Drums Allowdale Prettymaid as Champion, a cow that has enjoyed a great deal of success at many of the shows she attended this year followed by Mark Hylands very stylish heifer Hillockpoll 1 Michaela taking the Reserve Champion.

Judge: IHBS President – Martin Murphy from the Toureenbrien Herd

Champion Hereford: Christine Drum, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath | Allowdale Prettymaid 557

Hereford Reserve Champion: Mark Hyland, Corrawalleen, via Cavan, Co. Leitrim | Hillockpoll 1 Michaela 


Cow in milk or in calf (Sponsored by Irish Hereford Society)

  1. Christine Drum, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath | Allowdale Prettymaid 557 – DOB: 24/06/2015 | Sire: Border Rory / Dam: Allowdale Prettymaid 275
  2. Coote Geelan, Cloonagher, Dromod, Co. Leitrim | Dernaroy 1 Georgina – DOB: 13/03/2010 | Sire: Lowesmoor 1 Entertainer / Dam: Dernaroy 1 Waterworld
  3. John Mullooly, Lavally, Stroketown, Co. Roscommon | Cloonfree Rosie – DOB: 20/01/2010 | Sire: Glaslough Esquire / Dam: Cloonfree Mabel


Heifer born prior to 1st July 2017 (Sponsored by Padraig McGrath)

  1. Mark Hyland, Corrawalleen, via Cavan, Co. Leitrim | Hillockpoll 1 Michaela – DOB: 11/01/2016 | Sire: Solpoll 1 Handsome / Dam: Hillocpoll 1 Ann
  2. Coote Geelan, Cloonagher, Dromod, Co. Leitrim |
  3. Mark Hyland, Corrawalleen, via Cavan, co. Leitrim |
  4. Sinead Conry, Rathnollag, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon | Rathnollag Ruby 814 – DOB: 10/06/2017 | Sire: Trillick Hotspur / Dam: Castleroberts Stephanie


Heifer born between 1st July 2017 & 31st December 2017 (Sponsored by John B. Gunn)

  1. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Kye Holly 794 – DOB: 10/07/2017 | Sire: Free Town Hotspur / Dam: Kye Sorcha 4th
  2. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Kye Katecand– DOB: 02/09/2017 | Sire: Free Town Hotspur / Dam: Kye Hidi 585


Heifer calf born on or after 1st January 2018 – Michael Campbell Perpetual Cup (Sponsored by Irish Hereford Society)

  1. Mark Hyland, Corrawalleen, via Cavan, co. Leitrim | Hillockpoll 1 Hannah – DOB: 16/01/2018 | Sire: Balleen General 862 ET / Dam: Hillockpoll 1 Ann
  2. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Kye Holly 818 – DOB: 04/01/2018 | Sire: Free Town Hotspur / Dam: Kye Sorcha 3rd
  3. Elisa & Tara Drum, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath | Clonleam Delightful 103 – DOB: 27/02/2018 | Sire: Allowdale Ribstone 436 ET / Dam: Clonleam Delightful 71
  4. Coote Geelan, Cloonagher, Dromod, Co. Leitrim | Baltymore Alexandra – DOB: 17/03/2018 | Sire: UNKNOWN / Dam: Baltymore Alexandra 412


Bull born prior to 1st July 2017 (Sponsored by Pat Brogan Tractors)

  1. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Kye Harry 789 – DOB: 22/04/2017 | Sire: Trillick Hotspur / Dam: Kye Patty 586
  2. Michael Conroy, Clooncullane, Elphin, Co. Roscommon |
    Delafield Danny – DOB: 20/05/2017 | Sire: Kye Hotspur 708 / Dam: Delafield Patricia
  3. Coote Geelan, Cloonagher, Dromod, Co. Leitrim | Mountwilliams Kevin – DOB: 19/09/2016 | Sire: Mawarra Sentimental / Dam: Mountwilliams Grace
  4. Michael Conroy, Clooncullane, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Delafield Donie – DOB: 22/05/2017 | Sire: Kye Hotspur 708 / Dam: Delafield Lucy


Bull born between 1st July 2017 & 31st December 2017 (Sponsored by Marie Connellan Solicitors)

  1. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon | Kye Gerard 793 – DOB: 08/07/2017
  2. Declan Lavin, Lacken, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon | Forestview Doughlas – DOB: 28/07/2017 | Sire: Cill Cormaic Kasper / Dam: Knockfin Emily 851
  3. Eoin & Liam Reilly, Drumgowla, Gorvagh, Co. Leitrim | Bridge House Robert – DOB: 23/10/2017 | Sire: Moyclare Lieutenant / Dam: Beihy Helena
  4. Sinead Conry, Rathnollag, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon | Rathnollag Harry 817 – DOB: 04/09/2017 | Sire: Free Town Hotspur / Dam: Kye Rina 711


Bull calf born on or after 1st January 2018(Sponsored by Irish Hereford Society)

  1. Christine Drum, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath | Crowenstown MacArthur – DOB: 02/01/2018 | Sire: Allowdale Ribstone 436 ET / Dam: Crowenstown Arabella Ivy
  2. Avril Crowe, Mohill, Co. Leitrim | Aughakil 1 Luigi 422 – DOB: 16/03/2018 | Sire: Trillick George / Dam: Ardmulchan Clover 651


€50 for best pair of Herefords, male or female, exhibited by the same owner

  1. Padraig McGrath, Cloonshanagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon
  2. Michael Conroy, Clooncullane, Elphin, Co. Roscommon