The Irish Hereford Breed Society are delighted to have been able to visit Silverstream Hereford stud – West of Christchurch – as part of the trip to the World Hereford Conference NZ.
Brent & Anna Fisher invited the group into their home & onto their farm to see the smashing horned bull which they have bred; Pute Nascar N13 and which the Irish Society have been lucky enough to obtain straws of this bull for use by our members.
The Hereford herd; Na Puteputi, was started in the North Island by Anna’s parents; Jill & Peter Smyth. The Smyths’ retired and Anna inherited the Hereford herd and moved the cattle to the South Island to join up with the already successful & well established Silverstream Charolais herd. Since then, the herd has grown again in it’s new location and the Fishers currently run 60 Hereford cows & sell roughly 20 Hereford bulls alongside the Charolais bulls at their annual on-farm sale.
The current aim for the Hereford herd at Silverstream is to breed from Pute Nascar N13 with polled cows in order to produce progeny that the customer desires along with producing good sized and well shaped bulls.
Pute Nascar N13 is a top son of Gay Olympus, out of one of the top cows at Silverstream; Pute Rosa H105 . The size, depth, shape & general quality of this bull is incredible. The Society are delighted to have straws now available through the Irish Hereford Breed Society Breed Improvement Scheme from Dovea Genetics. For more info on Pute Nascar N13 & his pedigree please click here!
The week continued with a morning of country reports from each country represented; delivering facts & figures about the population of Hereford cattle, technological developments, genomic testing, youth programmes & association developments in each country.
There were 2 days filled with a panel of speakers on research surrounding climate change, genomics & progeny testing by; Dr. Brad Cook & Prof. Dorian Garrick who presented really interesting & valid information whilst highlighting stark facts such as “We will need to produce almost as much food in the next 30 years as we did in the last 2000 years”.
Dr. Jason Rowntree gave a detailed analysis about developing systems to increase the resilience of food production worldwide and how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other ecosystem services. Dr. Rob Banks of the University of New England discussed the use of data and the future prosperity of the Hereford breed. Agri-environmental analyst; Dr. Jacqueline Rowarth also delivered a presentation on social media and science and where the future lies for the beef industry.
The conference attendees were also treated to the winning presentation from the Young Breeders Competition where Team USA performed flawlessly.
The PGG Wrightson Gala dinner was a highlight of the conference where the 400 conference attendees boarded on the TSS Earnslaw Steamer boat which directed the crowd to the iconic Walter peak station for an evening meal.
Also included in the week were 2 stud visits. The first stud visited was; Earnscleugh Station which is a 21,000-hectare property, owned by the Campbell family since 1862 and now runs Merino sheep, Angus and composite cattle, as well as Herefords. The business also produces wool for elite clothing ranges including ‘Icebreaker’. While at Earnscleugh delegates heard from Dr. Jason Rowntree and Professor Pablo Gregorini who discussed their latest research findings on grazing management.
The second stud visited was Locharburn Station, owned by Geof and Joyce Brown. Locharburn is one of the few horned Hereford studs left in New Zealand, which Geof believes brings an X factor to their cattle. While at Locharburn delegates were given a demonstration on scanning for intramuscular fat (IMF) by Bill Austin of Austins Ultrasound, and Allflex Research reps discussed using Allflex monitoring systems to asses changes in animal behaviour and allow insights into animal health and welfare.
The conference finished up at the Wanaka A&P Show where the teams of Young Handlers from around the globe competed in the show ring, followed by the Show of Hereford cattle. Congratulations to Team New Zealand on winning the Young Breeders Competition & Team Australia on placing Reserve Champions. Well done to our own Team; Eoin, Sinead, Michael & Katie on performing remarkably in all aspects of the competition. Full report here.
A large part of the world Hereford Conference is for the World Hereford Council & country delegates to meet & discuss World Hereford matters, make further decisions & elect the incoming Secretary General which this term is none other then the Irish Society’s very own; Mr. LarryFeeney, replacing the outgoing Secretary General Mr Jose (Pepe) Bonico from Uruguay. The Irish Society are delighted with Larry’s new post & look forward to future global developments.
Another decision made at the Delegates meeting is the host country for the next World Hereford Conference which on this occasion is USA. The American Hereford Association will host the next conference in Kansas City, Missouri in July 2024.
Along with the conference agenda – extra tours and activities were organised for the partners of attendees including wine tasting/Lord of the Rings tours/ Cycling tours & boat trips etc. which meant there was something organised for everyone!
There were also 4 extra & optional tours (Get over your jetlag tour / North Island Pre-tour / South Island Pre-tour / Kaikoura Extension tour) organised as part of the Conference to give attendees a look at some of the Top Hereford studs across New Zealand as well as a taste of Kiwi culture & tourist attractions. These tours were a fantastic opportunity for oversees visitors to make the most of their trip & their time abroad while meeting fellow breeders & enjoying a social outing.
Massive Congratulations & thanks to the New Zealand Hereford Association and the sponsors; PGG Wrightson Livestock – Boeringer Ingelheim – Allflex – Neogen Australasia & all behind the scenes for organising a fantastic conference from start to finish including 4 excellent tours. A lot of hard work and grit went into the organising of this conference and it was clear to see it paid off for the hard working committee. Hats off to all. Looking forward to Kansas 2024.
Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the best advice available from the Government & the Health Service a decision has been made to CANCEL the upcoming Hereford Show & Sales including;
Premier Show & Sale – Tullamore Sat 28th March.
Nenagh Show & Sale – Wednesday 8th April.
Kilmallock Show & Sale – Friday 17th April.
A decision has also been made to close the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s offices for Health & Safety reasons from today until further notice. Government and Health Service advice will be noted prior to reopening.
Please note that allowances will be made for late notification of Calf Registrations over the closure period. Please check https://irishhereford.com/news/ & Facebook for updates.
Eoin Lynch (Team Leader), Sinead Conry, Michael Barrett & Katie Brady represented Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown New Zealand from 7th – 14th March 2020 and competed in the Young Handlers Competition. The Team competed against the best teams from around the globe including; New Zealand (2 teams), Australia (2 teams), USA, Denmark, UK & Sweden.
The week began for the Team with a day of team building activities with the other 8 teams including laser tag & go-karting.
The next day was down to business with module competitions including; Butchering, genetics & essay writing at Waiau Herefords. The crew were given a guided tour of the stud & competed in a quiz to end the day.
Monday kicked off at Monymusk Herefords with a farm tour followed by the Stock & Fleece judging competition before joining the Conference Welcome Reception. Each team had to deliver their reasoning behind their judgements.
Tuesday, the focus was creating & presenting a powerpoint on the ‘Rural/Urban Divide’ – an issue facing each country today. Each team were allocated the same amount of time to compile their points & then they delivered their findings & solutions to the entire group. The winning team then went on to present to the entire Conference; well done to team USA for a very interesting & unique Presentation. Each of the teams than joined the conference attendees aboard the TSS Earnslaw and onto Walter Peak Station for a gala dinner.
Wednesday was somewhat of a ‘Free’ day for the Young Handler teams – each of them went jet boating on Lake Wakatipu in the morning along with some free time to exlpore Arrowtown – an old time Mining town. In the afternoon they travelled to join the conference at Locharburn horned Hereford stud for a demonstration of scanning for intramuscular fat & a talk from Allflex tagging representatives on the use of their monitoring systems to improve the health & welfare of stock. The teams then traveled onto Wanaka to prepare for the rest of the week.
The focus of Thursday was stalling the heifers, choosing heifers for showing, preparing the heifers for showing & the clipping competition in the Wanaka showgrounds. This was a great opportunity for the teams to get hands on, delegate responsibilities and showcase their talents & skills. Each team clipped the heifers according to home cultures & it was fantastic to see the differences between each country. Again, each team had to deliver the reasoning behind the areas they clipped on the heifer.
Friday was D-Day – Wanaka A&P Show. Each Young Handler prepared their heifer & walked them in the show ring in their allocated class. There were 4 classes with 1 member from each team in each class. The Standard of the Young Handlers was very high & each of the Young breeders were very even in their skills & capabilities. This made for an interesting competition and a very hard job for the judge. The day finished off with the Hereford classes & prize giving.
Team Ireland worked hard all week – showcasing their talents, home culture & passion along with experiencing new tasks and learning new skills.
The team were a credit to both themselves and the Society & proved to be true ambassadors for Irish Herefords. This was an invaluable experience for our Young Breeders & they have made memories and friends for life along with learning new skills and learning about Herefords around the globe. The Irish Hereford Society would like to say a huge thanks to Slaney Foods International for sponsoring the team and making this dream a reality for each of them.
Well done to Team New Zealand on winning the Young Handlers Competition 2020.
The Society are hopeful this will be the beginning of something great for the Young Hereford breeders of Ireland and open up more opportunities for Young Irish Breeders.
Credit is due to all in the New Zealand Hereford Society, New Zealand Hereford Prime, Boehringer Ingelheim, PGG Wrightson, Allflex & all behind the scenes for pulling out all the stops and making this an incredible & opportunistic competition for all young Hereford breeders.
A huge thanks is extended to all who sponsored & supported the Irish Team along this journey including; Slaney Foods International, Clippers Ireland, Ballyjamesduff Co-op, Farm Wardrobe, Grianan Herefords, Gurteragh Herefords, Peter O’Connell, Cork Marts (Bandon), Balleen Herefords, Tynan Meats, Thomas Duffy (Macra na Feirme President), all Irish Hereford breeders. & all behind the scenes.
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.