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.
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.
Many thanks is also due to Ballyjamesduff Coop Store 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!
A shout out also to and huge thanks to Clippers Ireland 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.
Massive Congratulations to Sarah Murray of Shiloh Herefords, Westmeath & ‘Grianan Prim T854’ on winning the 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑑 award at the 𝑷𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 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!
Our team of Irish Young Handlers were out and about last Saturday in preparation for the Young Handlers Competition at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next month. The team began the day by practicing stock judging at Balleen Herefords in Kilkenny with great help from herd owner Tom Brennan. Tom gave an in-depth overview of judging Hereford cattle and facilitated the Young Handlers judging pens of bulls & heifers. Tom also shared his experience and knowledge of various bloodlines he has used and is using on the farm, tips on choosing bulls, using AI & the benefits and difficulties associated with embryo transfer.
The day continued for Eoin, Sinead & Michael with a visit to Tynan Meats where proprietor; Neil Tynan, gave a tour of the factory to learn about; the processes involved in production – from slaughter through boning and finally onto packing, carcase quality, differences between grades of carcases & breeds of cattle hanging up i.e. fat levels etc. cuts of meat and where they are supplying to, the type of cattle that they are buying and and what the customer wants.
The day was a success with everyone learning something new & taking on alot of information and hands on experience that will stand to the team of Young Handlers in competition next Month in New Zealand!
The Society would like to thank Tom and Rosemary Brennan & Neil Tynan for being more than generous with their time & very welcoming to the group.