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Irish Secretary General of the World Hereford Council.

The Society are delighted to announce that our very own long standing Secretary; Larry Feeney, has been elected as the incoming Secretary General for the World Hereford Council. Larry will lead the Council for the next 4 years right upto the next World Hereford Conference which will be held in Kansas, USA in July 2024.

Larry has over 30 years experience as Secretary of the Irish Society & a wealth of knowledge & experience in both Irish and World Agriculture and in particular the Pedigree Breeding of Herefords. Larry has been more than dedicated and supportive to the Irish Society & the breed in general in his time & we know he will bring the same values to this new post & do a tremendous job.

We all wish Larry the very best of luck in this new role & look forward to travelling on this journey with him and the World Council.

Many thanks to the out going Secretary General – Jose Bonico, for all his help & hard work over the passed 8 years.

Larry Feeney with out going Secretary General;Jose (Pepe) Bonico.

Upcoming Sales Sponsorship!

Good News!

Irish Hereford Prime will be sponsoring 100euro to each buyer of the top 5 highest priced bulls at the upcoming show & sales including; Tullamore, Bandon, Carrick-on-Shannon, Nenagh & Kilmallock.

This contribution is invaluable to our members & breeders & will hopefully prove beneficial to both the buyer & the seller.

Entries are closed for our Premier Sale in GVM Tullamore on Saturday 28th March and there will be 50 quality bulls auctioned for sale on the day.

The show starts at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm.

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Next stop New Zealand!

The Team of Irish Young Handlers were out and about again last week. Our kind sponsors; Slaney Foods International invited the team to their facility in Bunclody, Co. Wexford for a tour of the factory. The day began by meeting the Director, Rory Fanning who gave a brief overview and background of the factory and important pillars of business. Therafter, Dennis & Marika gave us a guided tour of the Factory, showing every stage in depth from where the cattle enter the lairage alive right through to Slaughter and onto boning before seeing the product being packed and sent on for further processing.

Huge thanks to Rory Fanning, Marika Mahon & all the crew in Slaney Foods International for all their help, sponsorship and input into this travel bursary and making this opportunity possible.

Sinead Conry, eoin Lynch, Larry Feeney (IHBS Secretary), Dennis (Slaney Foods Procurement Officer), Michael Barrett & Louise Callan (IHBS Breed Development Officer).

Many thanks is also due toΒ Ballyjamesduff Coop StoreΒ for sponsoring boots to each of our Young Handlers; Katie, Eoin, Sinead & Michael ahead of the Young Handlers Competition next month. Thanks also to Farm Wardrobe for organising the fresh & eye catching uniforms. The team are now fully kitted out and ready to compete!

Katie Brady with Micheal O’Reilly (Ballyjamesduff Co-op store manager).

A shout out also to and huge thanks toΒ Clippers IrelandΒ for sponsoring our team of Young Handlers with a brand new clippers ahead of the clipping competition they will compete in as part of the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next month!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates on our teams progress & updates from the World Hereford Conference.

Pedigree Cattle All Star Awards 2020

Massive Congratulations to Sarah Murray of Shiloh Herefords, Westmeath & ‘Grianan Prim T854’ on winning the π»π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ award at the π‘·π’†π’…π’Šπ’ˆπ’“π’†π’† π‘ͺ𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓 π‘¨π’˜π’‚π’“π’…π’” last Friday 7th February in Portlaoise.

On 1st July 2019, Sarah bought Grianan Prim home to join Shiloh Farm pedigree Hereford herd. What Grianan Prim achieved over the next 41 days was truly amazing.

Grianan Prim’s first show was Oldcastle Show on 21st July where she was placed 1st in her class and Reserve overall champion.

Grianan Prim’s 2nd day out was Arva Show on 28th July where she won her class and was Reserve Champion to Shiloh Farm Dynamite.

On August bank holiday Monday Grianan Prim travelled to Nenagh Show where she was placed 1st in a class of 11 heifers and then crowned Premier Heifer of the year.

6 days later on the 11th of August at the National Hereford Show Tullamore, Grianan Prim caught the eye of Danish judge; Anders Mortensen. On the day; she won National Hereford Heifer born July/Aug 2018 and National Hereford Heifer of the Year before been crowned the FBD National Livestock Show Hereford Female Champion and finally being tapped out as FBD National Livestock Show Supreme Hereford Champion.

We wish Sarah & ‘Grianan Prim T854’ all the best & continued success in the future – there is much more to come from this pair!

These awards were organised by the Pedigree Cattle Breeders Council and we are hopeful it will be the first of many successful annual awards events to come!

Fortfarm Herd Clearance Sale.

Mr. John Ludgate, Mallow, Co. Cork will be holding a full herd clearance Sale in Kanturk mart on Tuesday February 4th 2020 at 2pm.

There will be 16 lots of cows with calves at foot, heifers & bulls for sale on the day.

The Fortfarm Herd

The Fortfarm Herd was founded in the early 1960’s by the current owner. From the outset the aim was to put emphasis on quality rather than on quantity. Quality females were added to the herd usually purchased at realistic prices when the opportunity arose at Society sales.  One such purchase was a young heifer from the well-established Clonwhelan herd of R & L White, Clonwhelan House, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.  Prior to purchase she had been recently mated to Ballyholey Famous. The resulting calf a heifer which was named β€œFortfarm Judy”. The first of several quality offspring β€œJudy” went on to win at RDS and was Queen of the show circuit winning whenever and wherever exhibited. Her first bull calf was Fortfarm Judo was awarded Supreme Champion at the Society’s Premier Spring Show & Sale then (1979) held at Goff’s Sale complex in Co Kildare. The judge on that occasion was Mr Roger Snell one of the foremost Hereford cattle breeders in the UK. At the sale following β€œJudo” was purchased at 2,200 by the Irish Department of Agriculture and joined the stud at Dovea AI station where he went on to be a most successful sire producing several champions and many successful herd sires. Their Clonwhelan bred dam has had a strong influence on the development of the herd in the intervening years.

Bulls in more recent years are sold for the most part to repeat customers who return again and again. Heifers considered of lesser quality than desired are sold commercially or for slaughter in order to maintain and improve the overall quality of the herd. Herd sires purchased were carefully selected on bloodlines and type.
Advancing years has meant that in more recent years, cattle have not been exhibited at the summer shows and has now prompted the sale of the herd and watch a younger generation enjoy breeding and showing Hereford cattle. The cattle are offered for sale in the hope and expectation that they will prove successful for their new owners. 

Sires used in Herd

Arlinstown Storm by Bowmont Storm

Dunsinane Freeman by Chuchhill Adrian

Rathregan Marcus by Moyclare Courallie

Blean Mark by Knockglass Ridge

Trillick Best by Ballyaville Nairn

Fortfarm Larry by Boyanna Private

Meiltron Leisure by Bishophill General

Boyanna Private by CH 3223 VISA

Fortfarm Famous by Grianan Trooper AI

Rinvanny Diver by Ribstone Lad 8N

T.B. Test of Herd completed 16.1.2020

Check out the full Catalogue here!