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Meet the Judges!

We are delighted to formally introduce the three talented judges who took on the major task of judging the 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 Virtual 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗳 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬!

First up – 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙞𝙣 𝙄𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙚;

Robin Irvine, alongside his wife Edith, runs the Graceland Hereford Herd in Co. Armagh. Graceland Herefords were established in 1983 and Robin has been heavily involved in the development of the breed ever since. Robin has seen many changes in that time including great improvements in genetics, carcase quality and growth rate in the breed.

Robin has judged at several shows across Ireland and says that the key points to watch for when judging are; structural correctness, a good carriage and a bright eye.

Robin confirmed that Herefords are in the right limelight in terms of environmental impact and sustainability but also recommends the aim going forward should be to focus on commercial traits to keep high on the leader board in the red meat industry and right along the food chain.

Next up: Nigel Owens;

Nigel Owens is a renowned international rugby referee and a Hereford breeder from Wales. Nigel has had strong interest in farming since he was a child. Form a young age he spent weekends and summer holidays on his family farm and went on to work on a dairy farm after he left school. Nigel recently bought a farm of land and a herd of Pedigree Hereford cows. His first calf on the farm was born last April and Nigel said he wasn’t as nervous refereeing the world cup!

Nigel chose Herefords because they’re sturdy and docile and easy to look after as well as being a native breed. They look great which is a plus but all round they’re sustainable which is very important today in considering the climate and carbon footprint. Nigel confirmed the breed has been very successful in the past and is sure they will continue to be successful in the future not only in terms of sustainability and producing calves for the farmer but also in terms of producing quality tasty meat that’s appealing to the consumer.

Tune into RTE’s Countrywide tomorrow Saturday 28th at 8.30am where Nigel will be interviewed on his experience as Calf show judge, his new path as a farmer and his take on the Rugby 2020 season.

Next up: Adam Woods;

Adam Woods is a suckler farmer from Cavan and the beef editor with the Irish Farmers Journal. Adam envisions two major challenges for the Irish Beef Industry; environment & climate change and proving that Irish Beef is carbon efficient as well as consumer sentiment towards eating beef and red meat.

Adam believes by improving genetics, especially in dairy herds, we will be increasing opportunities for the beef sector.

In Adam’s opinion, the main strengths of the Hereford breed are; easy calving & easy finishing; as can be seen through the THRIVE Programme results but there are always improvements to be made and everyone has a part to play in making them.

In terms of crossbreeding with Herefords, Adam’s view is there is opportunity there to breed a smaller cow that is better suited to heavy land as well the benefits of having a faster finishing animal on the pocket.

The Society are delighted to have all three on board for this unique event & appreciate each of them taking time out to take on this task.

Class winners will be announced tomorrow Saturday 28th November at and the Champions will be voted in by the public via a poll at the above website also!

The Hereford – The Greatest Breed on Earth!

Former Hereford breeder from Hereford in the UK; T. John Vaughan, has just finished writing a 416 page X A4 book entitled; ‘The Hereford, The Greatest Breed on Earth’ .

It is nearly 60 years since John judged at the RDS in Ballsbridge and he also judged in Carrick-on-Shannon along with hosting and entertaining Irish Hereford breeders on several occasions over the years.

John also sold his home bred stock to Irish breeders on occasion including; David Carroll of UDEL Herefords who bought ‘Vorn 1 Just The Job’ – who was twice Royal Dublin Male Champion and 15% of UK Herefords still carry his blood.

John previously wrote ‘Bovine Showbiz’ which sold 5,000 copies and now there are just six left on the shelf. John said he “wrote it in 10 days and it was printed in another two weeks. I thought it was a doddle producing a book. But ‘The Hereford’ has been ten years in the making and virtually every day in the past twelve months.”

The manuscript is scheduled to be printed and ready for dispatch the first week of December. The retail price is €60 + PP.

Click here to see the preview Trailer!

This is very exciting as the book details where the breed began right through all of the developments, ups and downs that have happened to and within the breed right back as far as the early 1800’s and right upto today! It is the perfect learning point for breeders and all Hereford breeders will agree it is aptly titled.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing a copy can do so by emailing their interest to and the Society will look after all orders from there.

Coisceim Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale

Coisceim Herefords held their dispersal sale in Kanturk Livestock Mart on Tuesday 27th October 2020.

The sale consisted of cows, calves and heifers making this the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting up their own pedigree Hereford herd or any established breeder interested in introducing new bloodlines to their herd.

The sale was held fully online as the entire country moved to a level five lockdown just one week before this date. This meant that no purchasers were allowed to bid around the ring. Viewing of the cattle was allowed during a set time and all buyers had to purchase their stock online away from the mart.

Despite these trying times and awkward circumstances, the sale went quite well with a full clearance and an average price reached of €2058.

Top price was €2800 for Coisceim Kit whose genetics go back to the Quinsboro Rose and Meiltron Leisure lines. This 2018 born heifer is due to calve her first calf this November and is carrying to Lisnalurg Celtic.

Coisceim Kandi made the second highest price of €2700. This 4 star, 2018 heifer, which was bred from Tullaha Raindrop, was a junior heifer prize winner at Tullamore Show. Kandi is also due to calves in November to Lisnalurg Celtic.

Coisceim Minnie, an April 2020 born heifer calf sold for €1500. Minnie is bred from Gurteragh Linsey; a herd show cow who has won many prizes including the Champion at Bantry Show 2018 , Ballyroe Show 2018 and 2nd in the Senior Cow class at Tullamore Show 2018 & 2019. Guerteragh Linsey, born in 2011 & bred from Gurteragh Gladiator was sold for €1850.

Gurteragh Linsey
Gurteragh Linsey with her March born bull calf at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore Show 2019.

New Star Allegra, a 4 star cow sold for €2500. This top quality cow with great milk has been consistently producing quality stock. Sired by Gurteragh Justice, who was Munster bull of the year 2014, Allegra is due to calve in late December 2020 to Lisnalurg Celtic.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to wish Tim Breen the very best in the future & wish all purchasers the very best with their stock.

Up Next!

Tullamaine Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale will take place on 9th December in Cashel Mart at 2pm. Entry to the mart will depend on the restrictions on the day. Keep an eye out on the Irish Hereford Website for further updates closer to the time. Full catalogue will be available shortly.

West Cork takes the top of the town at the Autumn Sale in GVM Kilmallock 2020

The final Autumn Hereford Sale took place in GVM Kilmallock last Friday 23rd October. 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 19 bulls appearing on the day out of the catalogued 27. Of the 19 exhibited, 9 were sold leading to a clearance rate of just shy of 50% and a combined average price of €2,190 which was reflective of the sudden National Lockdown that came into effect earlier in the week & the strict restrictions around access to view the bulls in the mart & having to bid online which all proved to be hurdles for this sale.

However, despite the unfavourable sale conditions, 50% clearance rate is significantly up on the same sale last year and very respectable considering the wider circumstances.

West Cork breeders; the Lynch Family of Droumdaniel Herefords took home the top price of the day for Lot 27; Droumdaniel Captain. This 5 star Terminal bull was sired by Brocca Kieran & home bred from Droumdaniel Delia 12th, with his page full of stars was sold to Co. Limerick for €2900. Captain, being the top performing bull in the herd; is a full brother to Droumdaniel Devine who placed second in the Tullamore Show, Champion of the Cork Summer Show, Reserve Champion in Dunmanway Show and also in the top five of the interbreed class, all in 2019.

Lot 27 – Droumdaniel captain sold for €2900

Further success for the West Cork herd came when Droumdaniel Chaser sold for €2300 to a fellow Cork farmer. This 15 – month- old bull has shown a great growth rate with little input. He is the bull that should put height and legs in his new herd.

Lot 24 – Droumdaniel Chaser sold for €2300

Clouncagh Herefords from Limerick took home the second best price of the day when Airhill Rory was sold to fellow Hereford breeders; the Dudley family of Kilsunny Herefords in Tipperary for €2500. This is a lovely quality bull with natural muscle and ease of fleshing and has proved himself already by having cows served. Rory is sired by Cill Cormaic Napoleon and bred from Airhill Luiseanna of the Airhill Hereford Herd in Wexford. Airhill Herefords held a successful reduction sale in September 2019.

Lot 19 – Airhill Rory sold for €2500

In spite of the current restrictions – There has been a positive outcome from both Autumn Hereford sales this year & even though normal circumstances were not available i.e. showing, washing, no buyers allowed around the ring etc, the outcome was much better than anticipated. A huge help was also down to the sponsorship by Irish Hereford Prime to the purchasers of the top five highest priced bulls which provided an added incentive to those interested in securing the top animals & proved very beneficial to breeders alike.

Lot 8 -Droumgarriffe Buddy sold for €2100
Lot 18 – Kye Rooney sold for €2100

Well done to all exhibitors on the day & the very best of luck to all purchasers & breeders.

Don’t forget to send in your entries for the National Calf Show 2020 via Full category & entry requirements available there also. All queries can be directed to Louise via e-mail at Entries close next Monday 26th October!

Many Congrats to Declan & Deirdre!

The Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to offer a huge Congratulations to long time Hereford breeder & former Munster Branch Chairman; Declan Donnelly of the Clondrina Hereford herd in Lissycasey, Co.Clare and his long term partner Deirdre Cummins, also from Lissycasey who are to be wedded tomorrow, Friday 18th October 2019.

All at the Irish Hereford Breed Society would like to wish Declan & Deirdre all the best on the day and a lifetime of good health, fortune & happiness.

Declan Donnelly with ‘Clondrina 1267th’ who won 1st Place Bull born on or after 01/01/19 in Nenagh Agricultural Show.