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Virginia Young Handler Workshop May 2022

The Virginia Young Handlers Workshop was held on Sunday 29th May in the Virginia Show Centre. The day included a mixed breed involvement which was a great element to add to the workshop. All Societies involved included; Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Limousin and Charolais. There were Hereford, Charolais, Limousin and commercial cattle on display on the day along with sheep.

The event was very well supported with over 60 young people getting involved. The Virginia Show Centre was the ideal location given the facilities available there.

The agenda consisted of breaking the group into six smaller groups and rotating between six different workshop stations. The agenda for the day involved;

Alan Shortt gave a demonstration on clipping cattle – where and how to clip different animals to show off their best points.

Catherine Smyth, Elanor O’Reilly and John Smyth gave a hands on workshop on how to handle cattle, how to lead them in the showring and what is involved in getting cattle to the showring.

Every young person was given the opportunity to actually walk and handle an animal in the manner that they would be expected in the show ring but also just to get a feel for it.

The younger group were given combs and were shown how to brush up animals.

Jim Dockery from the FRS was also present and gave a demonstration on health and safety on the farm and when handling cattle. Jim also gave an engageing demo on how to change the wheel of a trailer and all the do’s and don’ts involved.

During the day there was also a demonstration on how to clip and dress sheep for the showring.

Bartley Finnegan also ran a station where he discussed and advised on what products are good to use on animals in preparation for the showring.

Niall Lynch and Shane Murphy from the Aberdeen Angus Association gave a demo on how to take good photographs of cattle to show off the animals best points and make them look their best for shows and sales. They also gave a talk on how to use Social Media to build brands and promote.

Teagasc and Dundalk IT also had a stand on the day and were discussing with young people the agricultural courses that are available in college for students after school.

Many thanks to Willie Smith, Adam Woods (the Irish Farmers Journal), Jim Harrison & the Irish Shows Association, The Virginia Show Committee, all the demonstrators, all the volunteers, all the Breed Societies involved and to each of the participants who attended the day and making it a great success.

We look forward to working with all of the above again in the future to host young breeder events.

Upcoming Young Handler Classes – Summer 2022

Charleville Show – Saturday 25th June.

There will be two dedicated Hereford Young Handler classes for young people aged;

Junior – Aged under 12 on 1st January 2022

Senior – Aged 12 – 18 on 1st January 2022

Entries can be made online via this link; & Entries close on 14th June.

Please note: On the online entry form it states that the classes are only open to paid up Munster members but this is NOT the case.

There is €25 entry fee for this class which also includes entry into the Munster Young Handlers Competition which will be held in Kanturk Mart on 17th September and entries can be made to the Munster branch by contacting Tommy Cregan on 087 211 1819.

Along with the YH classes there are several Hereford classes on the day including Munster Bull of the Year and Munster Heifer of the year championships so it is promising to be a good day out with a big show of Herefords.

Longford Show – Sunday 3rd July.

There will be two dedicated Young Handler classes as hosted by Next Gen Herefords for age groups;

Junior: aged 12 – 17

Senior: aged 18 – 25

If young handlers have no cattle to show – cattle can be organised on the day for you.

Prizes on the day include; 1st: €100 Grooming kit, 2nd: €75 Grooming kit & 3rd place: €50 Grooming kit.

There will also be a stock judging class on the day which can be entered on the day.

This will also big a big Hereford show including the ‘Paul and Vincent All-Ireland Heifer Calf Championship’ and the ‘Flynn and Lynch All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship’ with prize money upto €1000 for each class.

All entries can be made through Longford Show. Entries close strictly on 24th June & entry forms can be found online at;

Tullamore Show – Sunday 14th August.

This will be the National Hereford Show 2022. Among classes to suit every age of Hereford animal – there will also be the annual Young Handler classes. The classes age range are;

Junior: 12 – 17 years old

Senior: 18 – 25 years old

All entrants will receive a rosette & plaque and the winners receive a trophy. Prizes on the day also include; 1st place: €100 Grooming kit, 2nd place: €75 Grooming kit & 3rd place: €50 Grooming kit.

The online entry system is now open. Please follow this link to ENTER:

Closing date for Hard copy entries is the 1st of July and online entries is the 6th of July 2022!

Trim Show – Sunday 4th September.

Trim Show is generally a big Hereford show with something for everyone and this year promises to be no different.

Trim show has also been chosen to hold the finals of the All Ireland Young Stockperson Championship 2022 for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.

This is a separate championship being organised by the Irish Shows Association and involves attending qualifying shows throughout the Summer to qualify for the final in Trim. There are excellent prizes up for grabs from the competition and a range of shows nationwide to suit everyone. The competition will be judged on handling cattle and ringcraft, general knowledge about the animal been shown, stock judging, personal presentation and presentation of the animal. Any breed of animal is permitted in the competition also.

Full details of the competition are available at

Many of the other Summer shows hold Young Handler classes throughout the year both within in breed and multi-breed competitions. A full list of summer shows are available at;

Next Gen Herefords are looking forward to meeting young people at shows across the nation this Summer & we wish all breeders the very best of luck in the show ring.

Herefords in Hot Demand in Kilkenny once again!

The annual Kilkenny multi-breed bull sale held in early May was very successful for Herefords this year. Trade was consistently good throughout the sale with the average price resting at just over €3200 and 75% of bulls sold earned over €3000.

The Champion and top price on the day was Balleen Actavis, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. Actavis, sired by a Yarram Star General son and bred from a Balleen Achiever dam, has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index. Actavis sold for €4900.

Balleen Actavis

The second top price of the day was €4600 for Cave Court Ricky, bred by Kathleen Vaughan, Tipperary. This October 2020 bull was sired by Allowdale Advance and bred from a Gageboro Suave granddaughter. Ricky has five stars for the replacement index, four stars for the terminal index and a low calving figure.

Listrolin Morgan, bred by Pat Rohan, Kilkenny, was sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Cill Cormaic Lincoln dam. Morgan, having four stars for replacement rate and milk, was purchased for €4100.

There was success all round for Trevor Masteron of Galbally Herefords, Wexford, when he sold two lots back to back. Their first lot into the ring; Galbally Axel 1590, sired by Allowdale Rory 835 and bred from a Castledaly Gearoid dam, has five stars for both terminal index and carcase conformation. This August born bull sold for €3700.

Galyballypoll 1 Mooreside 1610 was the next lot into the ring and was purchased for €3400. Another August born bull, sired by Moorside 1 Joseph and bred from Balleen Pansy 832, this bull has a four star terminal and a four star replacement index.

Ballyraggan Whistler 1025th also sold for €3400. Whistler was bred by James Thompson, Carlow. Having five stars for both terminal index and carcase weight, Whistler was sired by Rathnollag Lucky 790 and bred from an F.H. William dam.

The Thompsons also sold Ballyraggan Warlock 1031st on the day for €3200. Warlock, sired by Kye Hulk 706 and bred from a Border Rory dam, has a four star terminal index and five stars for carcase weight.

Lot 54 into the ring also sold for €3400. Boyanna Shurock was bred by John P Farrell, Westmeath. Sired by Boyanna Waffler, a Bowmont Storm son and a Rathcor Ranger granddaughter, this November born bull has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index.

John Farrell sold a further bull who earned €3000 during the sale; Boyanna Hallmark. This December born bull was sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Hallmark has a four star replacement and a four star terminal index.

John O’Heney of Brensha Herefords, Tipperary, also sold a bull for €3400. Brensha More, sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam, has a five star replacement rate and a four star terminal index.

The next best price on the day was Mount Shannon George, bred by Nigel Cox, Roscommon. George, sired by Trillick George and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam was sold for €3300.

The next bull that sold for €3300 was Knockfin Mark, bred by the Scott family, Laois. Knockfin Mark, born October 2020 was sired by Balleen Revenue and bred from a Quinsboro Storm 6th dam.

The Scott family also sold Knockfin Insitor for €3100. This September born bull was sired by Quinsboro Storm 6th and bred from a Forteregal Hadrian dam. Insitor has a four star terminal index rating and easy calving figures.

Christy Finn of Bawngarriff Herefords, Kilkenny also exhibited and sold one bull on the day. Bawngarriff Douglas Nine was sired by Forestview Douglas and bred from a Cill Cormaic Omorga dam. With four stars for the replacement index – this bull sold for €3000.

Overall this season was a great success for Herefords with a huge demand seen consistently throughout the Spring.

Ardmulchan Supreme Crowned Champion & Sale topper in Nenagh!

The final Hereford Spring Show & Sale was held last Saturday in Nenagh and was a successful end to an already successful season for Hereford breeders. Again, Irish Hereford Prime kindly sponsored €200 to the buyer of each bull sold for €2800 and over during this sale.

With home sales being strong throughout the Spring and demand exceeding supply, only 10 of the 31 bulls were exhibited for sale on the day. Of the 10, eight of the bulls were sold and four were sold for over €3000.

Supreme by Name – Supreme by Nature! Bred by Phil & Catherine Smyth,Meath; Nenagh sale Champion was awarded to Ardmulchan Supreme by judge Mr. Adrian Bateman. This March born bull was sired by Ballinveney Tiger and bred from a Yarram Pompeii grand-dam and is a half brother to Ardmulchan Sydney, who sold for €3000 at the end of the Nenagh April sale. Ardmulchan Supreme was purchased by a breeder from Kilkenny for €3900.

Ardmulchan Supreme was crowned Champion before topping the sale at €3900, photographed with breeders; Catherine Smyth & judge Adrian Bateman

The Reserve Champion earned the second top price of the day and was also purchase by the same Kilkenny breeder. Carrick Hector, bred by Philip Lynch, Cavan, was sired by Cill Cormaic Orson and bred from a Grianan Firecracker grand-dam. Hector was purchased for €3300.

Carrick Hector was crowned Reserve Champion before selling for the second top price of €3300, photographed with breeder Philip Lynch and judge Adrian Bateman

There was success also for Glaslough Herefords by Nigel Heatrick, Monaghan. Nigel’s first lot into the ring; Glaslough Warrior, sired by a Gageboro Eugenic grandson and bred from a Ballyaville Ger dam, was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3100.

Glaslough Warrior sold for €3100, with breeder Nigel Heatrick.

The Heatrick’s second & final lot into the ring; Glaslough Wellington, also moved onto greener pastures when he sold for €2800. This December bull was sired by Ballyaville Ger and bred from Glaslough New Look.

Of the three bulls catalogued for sale from Ryanstown Herefords, only one was left for sale following good home trade for the herd. Ryanstown Copper, bred by Sean Ryan from Nenagh, sold for €3100 to a fellow Tipperary farmer. Copper was sired by Balleen Generator and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic grand-dam.

Ryanstown Copper sold for €3100, with breeder John Ryan.

There was also one heifer exhibited and sold on the day; Boyanna Sheila; sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Bowmont Storm grand-dam, was sold by Pat Lynch of Rossdelia Herefords, Clare to a Tipperary breeder.

Congratulations to all breeders and the very best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks are extended to the judge; Mr. Adrian Bateman, auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, Steward: Mr. Tommy Cregan, Philip and the staff of Central Auctions Nenagh and to Irish Hereford Prime for once again sponsoring this sale.

Summer Shows 2022

The society is delighted to see the majority of the Summer shows are going ahead this year after being out of action for both 2020 and 2021. A start has already been made with Tralee show and Nobber fair having been held in recent weeks amongst others.

Tullamore Show

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding the National Hereford Show 2022 at the Tullamore Show once again! The show will be held on Sunday 14th August in the same showgrounds as usual. The classes will be the same as in 2019 and 2021 with the exception that the Young Handler classes have been moved to the middle of the show instead of at the beginning. The Junior and Senior Young Handler class will be ran after the heifer championship and before the male classes begin.


The online entry system is now open. Please follow the link below to ENTER :

Closing date for Hard copy entries is the 1st of July and online entries is the 6th of July 2022!

Rules & Regulations:

Please find below a copy of important documents for exhibitors consideration. We would urge all potential exhibitors to read all of the below documentation carefully to ensure there are no disappointments in the run upto or on the day of the show.

Please note all animals entered into the Hereford classes must be registered Pedigree and be accompanied by a Pedigree Zootechnical certificate on the day of the show.

  1. Rules & Regulations which include the following;

1A. ISA general Rules for Irish Show Association Championships 2022

1B. Livestock Issues

2.Department of Agriculture Rules;

Charleville Show

The Muster Hereford branch are hosting an exciting competition this year as part of the Charleville Agricultural Show on Saturday 25th June. The branch are hosting the Munster Hereford Heifer of the year and the Munster Hereford Bull of the year competitions at the show in place of the points based championship that was ran in previous years.

In total there are 16 Hereford classes on the day, these include 3 qualifier classes for both the heifer and bull of the year, the top 3 placed animals from each qualifier class will qualify for the finals of the €1,000 Munster Heifer and Bull of the year 2022.

Also, the branch are hosting Young Handler classes on the day – one class for entrants aged 18 – 12 years of age and junior class for entrants aged 12 and under. All are welcome to participate and Next Gen Herefords will be supporting this event.

All entries close strictly on 14th June & all classes can be entered via this link;

Longford Show

Longford Show is also going ahead this year with a bigger and better show planned for everyone’s entertainment. The show will take place on Sunday 3rd July. There are a total of 11 Hereford classes this year including the ‘Paul and Vincent All-Ireland Heifer Calf Championship’ and the ‘Flynn and Lynch All-Ireland Bull Calf Championship’ with prize money upto €1000 for each class.

Next Gen Herefords have also teamed up with Longford Show to hold two Young Handler classes at the show. The Junior class is free to enter for all aged 12 – 17 years and the Senior class is free to enter for all aged 18 – 25 years of age. The prizes include; 1st: €100 Grooming kit, 2nd: €75 Grooming kit & €50 Grooming kit.

All entries can be made through Longford Show. Entries close strictly on 24th June & entry forms can be found online at;

Plenty of choice

There is plenty of choice this Summer with the majority of Summer shows going ahead.

A full list of summer shows are available at;

If you would like any more information on the above shows please do not hesitate to contact Louise in the IHBS office at or on 044 9348855.

Wishing all exhibitors the very best of luck the showing season.