Haven Kingpin (AI Code HKP)

Haven Kingpin Semen (AI Code HKP) Just Arrived

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Semen of the fifteen month old select Hereford sire Haven Kingpin has just arrived and is available to members through the Society’s Breed Improvement Scheme. This scheme which has now been running over forty years is one of the most innovative and successful established by the Irish Hereford Breed Society and its participating members. Through the scheme top class genetics from at home and across the world are made available to participating pedigree Hereford herd owners irrespective of herd size at cost price. The objective of the scheme is the overall improvement of the quality of the breed through the use of top genetics from at home and across the world.

The latest recruit to the BIS team is Haven Kingpin a young sire from the Haven herd at Dilwyn, Hereford, one of the oldest and best known in the UK. This bull was selected by members of the Society’s Breed Improvement Committee on his looks, and on his pedigree background.  This young bull combines thickness with length.  The dam line is one of the best at the Haven herd.

Breedplan May 2014: His Breedplan Terminal figure is +36 Breed Average is +22. Self-Replacing Index is +44 Breed Av is +26. His EBV’S indicate his 200, 400 & 600 day weight will be higher and his 200 day milk higher with shorter gestation putting him in the top echelons of the breed in the UK.

Kingpin’s dam Haven Splendour 25th is a very good cow with milk while the grandam Splendour 23rd is a very consistent cow that has produced a number of top progeny including Haven Governor.

Dam - Haven Splendour 25th
Dam – Haven Splendour 25th

Kingpin’s sire GH Adams 144S Bulge 138W is one of the better bulls to come out of Canada in recent times.  The committee believe the combination of bloodlines has produced a sire of outstanding merit. Semen is available by contacting the Society’s office at 044/9348855. (Please allow at least two weeks for delivery)

Sire - GH Adams 144S Bulge138W
Sire – GH Adams 144S Bulge138W



  • Tullamore Tuesday March 25th 2014  –  Catalogue
  • Bandon Wednesday April 2nd 2014
  • Nenagh Saturday April 19th 2014 – Catalogue
  • Kilmallock Friday April 25th 2014 –  Catalogue
  • Nenagh Saturday May 17th 2014 –  Catalogue
  • National Hereford Show Tullamore Sunday August 10th 2014

Dispersal Sale Breaney Herd –  For Mrs. Kathleen Tynan, Breaney, Ardagh, Co Longford

At Granard Mart on Monday July 14th at 7.00pm. – Dispersal Breaney Herd Catalogue

Complete cow herd including cows with spring born calves at foot, incalf cows, incalf and maiden heifers, stock bull, harvest calves not included.

“A LIDL bit of Magic” for Lorraine on her Birthday

The last thing Lorraine Connolly, Ballylarkin, Freshford expected on her birthday was a call from Slaney Foods, Wexford to tell her she was the winner of their April Slaney/ Hereford/ LIDL competition. Offered the choice of a 500 Euro Hereford bull purchase voucher or a 400 Euro LIDL shopping voucher she quickly choose the LIDL voucher.

With four fast growing sons plus husband Paudie to cater for Lorraine had no hesitation in her selection. “Whether shopping at LIDL or keeping Herefords your money goes further” stated the obviously delighted winner. A chef by profession in addition to her farming enterprise Lorraine is very conscious of quality food and in particular quality beef.

Quality Hereford sired calves are purchased each year usually at Thurles Co-op mart and taken to slaughter at two years or less. Quality grass and silage are an integral part of the diet. Sons Padraig (who has just had a trial for the under 14’s), Connor, Mark and Cian all aspiring Kilkenny county hurlers who are also keen John Deere fans were looking forward to silage making on May 16th which is two weeks earlier than in 2013 and looks a bumper crop.

The competition is part of a campaign to attract additional suppliers of quality assured Hereford sired steers and heifers for the very successful Slaney/Hereford beef program at Slaney Foods and continues throughout May and June.

Delighted with “a LIDL bit of magic” on her birthday Lorraine is looking forward to her shopping spree at LIDL which she says will definitely include the purchase of a supply of “Deluxe” Irish Hereford Beef which has been a top seller since its launch as part of the LIDL “Deluxe” range.


The April Slaney/LIDL/Hereford competition winner Lorraine Connolly Ballylarkin, Freshford with sons Mark, Cian, Padraig and Connor receives her €400 LIDL Shopping Voucher from John McDonald, Slaney Foods & Larry Feeney IHBS. Photo by Pat Moore

Bandon Show May 2014

Bull Class

1st Tom Roycroft West Green Dunmanway


Cow in Milk 

1st Owen O Neill, Coolroe West Village, Ballincollig – Glaslough Jade

2nd Tom Roycroft

3rd Trevor Dudley, Dovea, Thurles – Kilsunny Lass Fluffy


Heifer Class

1st  Tom Roycroft

2nd Albert De Cogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr. – Imokilly Sash

3rd  Mary Pat Dineen, Lislevane House, Bandon –  Dunworley Poll Ruby


Bull Calf

1st Tom Roycroft

2nd Mary Pat Dineen – Dunworley Gold Star

3rd John Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty – Appel Superduty


Heifer Calf

1st Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Lass Kendall

2nd Tom Roycroft

3rd John Appelbe – Appel Alice


Champion went to Mr. Owen O Neill

Reserve Champion went to Mr.Trevor Dudley

Hereford Final Spring Sale – Nenagh May 17th

The final sale of the Spring took place in Nenagh on May 17th 2014, the turnout was as can be expected for the last of the sales but people were still in high spirits on the day. There were prices ranging from €1,900 – €3,600, a fantastic clearance of 88% and an overall average €2,550 made on the day, keeping in target with the averages of all other sales throughout the past 3 months showing that even late in the Spring the Hereford Breed are always on top.

The Champion on the day went to a Bull from the herd of Davina and David Lewis from Glosterberg, Brosna, Birr, Co.Offaly. ‘Glosterberg 263’ is a son of Sire ‘ Kilsunny Goliath’ and Dam ‘Glosterberg 245th’ and went for a great price of €2,800 to Mr. Nolan of Bridgetown, O’ Briens Bridge, Co. Clare, later that day in the sale.

The Reserve Champion went to WA & IH Jones of Creagh House, Keenagh, Co. Longford with their Bull ‘Creaghpoll 1 James’ another progeny of Sire ‘Kilsunny Goliath’ and Dam ‘Creaghpoll 1 Pauline’. The Jones’ had only one Bull entered on Saturday and received a price of €2,700 from Mr. Sean Hunt, Coole Ease, Athea, Co. Limerick, for their Reserve Champion in the sale ring.

Mr. Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill, Co. Offaly, had a great day as his Bull ‘Ballyaville Geordie’ went for the top price of the day at €3,600 and was sold to Mr. Michael Oxley from Clonfert, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. ‘Ballyaville Geordie’ is a son of Sire ‘Killeaney Pompeii’ and Dam ‘ Ballyaville Vita’. Along with his top price bull, Mr. Tony Ryan of Carrigal, Carrigatoher, Nenagh bought Mr. Deverell’s first prizewinning Bull ‘Ballyaville Gary’ for €2,800 giving him an overall average of €3,200 accumulated on the day.

Another top price on the day went to Mr. Patsy Smith of Tullyinchin Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co. Cavan with his Bull ‘Borin Dan’ a son of Sire ‘Corlismore Pompeii’ and Dam ‘Borin Winkle’. Mr. Smith’s bull was purchased by Mr. Kieran McCabe from Ballinamult, Co. Waterford for €2,850.

There was a great atmosphere at the sale and as the clearance was at a high percentage the final sale finished with a good result, congratulations to everybody who sold or bought on the day. The upcoming National Hereford Show will take place on Sunday the 10th of August followed by the Autumn Sales in Tullamore on the 10th of October and Kilmallock on the 24th of October. More information about the Show and Sales will be posted on the website closer to the time. If you require any other information regarding Sales or Shows please contact our office on 044 93 48855 or email us on irishhereford@gmail.com .

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