Tullamaine Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale

Tullamaine Hereford Herd is presenting a full herd dispersal sale in Cashel Mart on Wednesday 9th December at 2pm.

Bob and Deirdre Lanigan will present 29 lots of Top Quality Pedigree Hereford cattle for sale including;

  • Cows in calf to both the current stock bull; Balleen Towers & Cave Hill General 2
  • Cows with calves at foot
  • Weanling heifers
  • Weanling bulls

This is a sale not to be missed for anyone interested in increasing their breeding herd as it is a great chance; giving all Hereford breeders access to acquire top quality registered pedigree Hereford Cows, Heifers, Young bulls and a Stock Bull.

All cattle are available for viewing between now and the day of the sale on farm by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 0862532783.

Cattle will be available for viewing on the morning of the sale in the mart also.

Please note restrictions may apply on the day of sale due to the Covid-19 pandemic and government restrictions i.e. restricted numbers around the ring etc. Please keep an eye out at irishhereford.com for further updates closer to the time. Bidding will also be available online via Marteye.ie along with contacting Cashel mart on (062) 62500 in advance of the sale.

Wishing the Lanigan family and all of the prospective buyers the very best of luck.

Full Sale Catalogue HERE!

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 https://nationalherefordcalfshow.ie/ 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 irishhereford@gmail.com 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.

80% of Hereford Heifers & 64% of Hereford Bullocks slaughtered off grass.

There was positive news for the Herefords last week after the Irish Farmers Journal published the current data from their THRIVE – Dairy Calf to Beef Programme in their newspaper dated 31st October 2020.


The Irish Farmers Journal Thrive – Dairy Calf to beef Programme aims to demonstrate best practice for producing dairy calf to beef calves through the use of higher genetic merit AI sired beef calves along with focusing on a high level of efficiency in on farm nutrition and animal health.

The demonstration farm is located in Cashel, Co. Tipperary,  with 140 calves reared each year and being brought to slaughter between the ages of 18 to 21 months. The target for heifers is to slaughter at 275kg and at 19 months of age and the target for bullocks is to slaughter at 300kgs, at 19 months of ages also. The core aim on the farm is to slaughter as many of the 140 cattle as possible at the end of the second summer grazing period to avoid extra winter feeding costs. There have currently been 64 (2019 born) cattle slaughtered from the group to date.

There are four breeds in the trial; Hereford, Angus, Limousin & Belgian Blue.

Finishing Period

To date, non of the Belgian blues have been drafted for slaughter and are in fact being housed early to try to get them finished. This is compared to 80% of the Hereford heifers which have already been slaughtered off grass along with 64% of Hereford bullocks having been finished off grass also.

The farm has paid €100/head more for Belgian blue calves compared to Hereford-sired calves.

Meal was introduced to finishing stock at grass from 1st August to heifers over 470kgs and bullocks over 490kgs only. The rest began meal feeding on 9th September. A four way mix is being fed across the board incorporating; barley, maize, soya hulls and distillers. The mix has an energy value of 0.95 UFL and a protein content of 12%. Heifers are being fed 3kg/day and bullocks are being fed 4kg/day.

Meal intake is lowest for the Hereford heifers at an average of 171kgs. Hereford bulls are also at the lowest end of the scale with 233kgs compared to Angus and Limousin.

Carcase Performance

The average slaughter weight for Hereford heifers was 532kgs with the average price being paid of €3.82/kg after a base price of €3.65/kg, quality assurance bonus of €0.20/kg and the Irish Hereford Prime breed bonus of €0.10/kg also. This average price was the highest average price paid for heifers across the three breeds. This translates to a carcase value of €1038 after a kill out percentage of 51.1%.

The average carcase weight for Hereford bullocks was 316kg. The base price for all bullocks was €3.60/kg and after the Quality assurance bonus of €0.19/kg and the Irish Hereford Prime breed bonus of €0.10/kg, the average price paid for Hereford bullocks was €3.74/kg, leaving an average carcase value of €1182. The Kill out percentage was 52.2%. The Hereford bullocks were also the best performing breed at finishing off grass, achieving over 1.04kg/day.

It is well known that Herefords are a sustainable choice; being an early maturing breed, they are much easier & quicker finished for slaughter off grass, without much extra feed needed and thus saving money. These results are the proof of the pudding and show just how well Hereford cattle are suited to a low cost, grass based system.

The Society are looking forward to the next round of results from this trial & value the research being carried out.

***All findings in this report are copied form the Irish Farmers Journal Newspaper, Article on page 33, dated 31st October 2020***

Picture credit: Jeff Harvey

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