Record price for Herefords at Dungannon

The Hereford breed has emerged as a serious contender in the NI beef industry and this was reflected in the intense interest and very strong trade for quality bulls at this weeks’ Elite Breeders sale.

Record breaker – Robin Irvine parades Graceland 1 Kojak at the Elite Breeders sale where he sold for the top price of 5,200 guineas.
Record breaker – Robin Irvine parades Graceland 1 Kojak at the Elite Breeders sale where he sold for the top price of 5,200 guineas.

New record prices were set at the Dungannon event as Hereford bulls from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd sold for 5,200 and 5,000 guineas while heifers sold to 3,000 guineas for Adrian and Sandra Irvine and 2,900 guineas for Mrs P McClenaghan.

Mervyn Richmond from the Elite Breeders group was delighted with the trade “The yard was packed with people and there was a real buzz of anticipation as prospective buyers jostled to view the stock on offer. There was keen competition for the best animals and it was encouraging to see buyers prepared to pay for quality”

The sale started strongly with 3,000 guineas paid for the first animal into the ring, a big strong two year old from John Conlons’ Drumatee herd at Markethill. This was followed by the first Graceland entry, again at 3,000 guineas with the same price paid for the first of the Corraback bulls from Mervyn Richmond. Another Corraback bull changed hands at 3,000 guineas but it was Corraback Holster at 3,300 guineas which produced the top price from the Richmond’s offering.

Graceland 1 Keynote – selling for 5,000 guineas at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale.
Graceland 1 Keynote – selling for 5,000 guineas at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale.

The pace changed with the entry of lot 7 into the ring – Graceland 1 Keynote, described as an exceptional young bull with real power and character had many admirers in the pre-sale viewing.  His impressive set of EBV’s qualifies for Superior Carcass Sire status and a cash incentive of up to £500 from the Hereford Cattle Society. Bidding opened at 3,000 guineas and rose rapidly before auctioneer Trevor Wylie brought the hammer down at 5,000 guineas.

Hot on his heels at lot 8 was Graceland 1 Kojak, another son of Greenyards Dougie, the Graceland herd sire. A favourite with the pre sale pundits, Kojak attracted a number of hopeful bidders and after a prolonged battle was knocked down for the top price of the day at 5,200 guineas.

David Smyth made 2,900 guineas for Magheraknock 1 Kudos with the same price paid for Graceland 1 Kevin from Robin Irvine. The youngest bull in the sale, Annaghbeg 1Alpha from M & L Moore and one of the stars of the recent calf show was admired for his impressive growth and sold for 2,800 guineas.

Pallas 1 Eva from Adrian and Sandra Irvine was the top priced female – selling for 3,000 guineas at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale.
Pallas 1 Eva from Adrian and Sandra Irvine was the top priced female – selling for 3,000 guineas at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale.

Heifer trade followed pattern of the bulls with quality animals in keen demand. Top price of 3,000 guineas was paid to A & S Irvine for Pallas 1 Eva, a stylish young heifer carrying the service of Wirruna Daffy. Two well grown heifers from the Brookfield herd owned by Mrs P Mc Clenaghan, a relatively new breeder from Holywood sold at 2,900 guineas and 2,600 guineas.

The Elite Breeders group are indebted to Bank of Ireland, R & J Lyness Feeds and A1 Transport for their continued support for this event.

Kenny Linton from Dunbia with the top selling bulls at the Elite Breeders sale presented by James and Andrew Irvine from the Graceland herd.
Kenny Linton from Dunbia with the top selling bulls at the Elite Breeders sale presented by James and Andrew Irvine from the Graceland herd.

Irish Hereford Society Re Elect Westmeath Man Chairman

William(Willie) Branagan
William(Willie) Branagan

Mr William (Willie) Branagan the well-known Co Westmeath Hereford breeder from Clonleam, Delvin and proprietor of the Clonleam pedigree Hereford herd has been elected Chairman of the Irish Hereford Breed Society for a third consecutive three year term. In a break with precedent and tradition the appointment by the Society’s council is made at a time of expansion in demand for the breed which has been enjoying some considerable success in recent years. The maximum term of office held by any previous chairman is two three year terms.

Demand for Hereford bulls is growing in both dairy and beef herds as beef producers strive to meet demand for quality assured Hereford cross beef required to satisfy growing demand for the Hereford branded beef programs the Society is involved in. These outlets have proven a lucrative source of income for beef producers with premium prices available for suitable stock.

2014 has seen an increase of 19.7% in Hereford cross calves born with a similar increase in demand through AI over the same period. Demand for pedigree breeding heifers has seen a marked growth in demand with many new entrants to membership of the Society.

The Society holds it first show and sale of 2015 at Tullamore on Tuesday March 24th next. This promises to be an ideal opportunity for prospective purchasers to select from a line of quality stock.

The Society wishes Mr Branagan well as chairman.

NATIONAL HEREFORD CALF SHOW

Judge: Mr. Andrew Hughes (UK)

The inaugural National Hereford Calf Show was held this past Saturday at the GVM Arena, Tullamore. This is a new event for the 2014 show calendar and was supported by over 40 exhibitors from all corners of Ireland resulting in a final entry of in excess of 80 calves. The spectator area was full to capacity with visitors from all over Ireland in attendance. It was also a pleasure to welcome additional visitors from Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Denmark. A special thank you is extended to all the sponsors who supported the event and made it possible.

The show attracted a number of calves that had enjoyed a significant amount of success during the summer show season as well as many animals making their debut on the show circuit. As a result, the quality and standard of calves in each class was superb and the event was a spectacular showcase of Irish Herefords and a great exhibition of Hereford cattle.

The day kicked off with the young stockperson classes. This section was judged by Irish Hereford Breed Society President Ivor Deverell. Each young handler was judged on their ability to show and parade their animal and was also evaluated on their knowledge of the breed and their calf. The junior section was won by Sarah Murray with Leah Mullen coming in second position. The senior section was won by Catherine Smyth with Ciaran Kinahan and Colin Anderson taking second and third prize respectively. Each of the young handlers were presented with a rosette and special medal many of them were back in action in the show ring later in the day leading calves in the main show classes.

Winners Young Handler Competitions - On Left Age 14 -21 - 1st, Catherine Smyth with Ardmulchan Clover 610 and Under 14- 1st, Sarah Murray with Grianan Nobleman
Winners Young Handler Competitions – On Left Age 14 -21 – 1st, Catherine Smyth with Ardmulchan Clover 610 and Under 14- 1st, Sarah Murray with Grianan Nobleman

The female section comprised of four classes and fielded a very strong entry of top quality young heifers. The overall Female Championship was awarded to the winner of the senior heifer calf class Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 exhibited by Matthew Goulding. This quality heifer is no stranger to success having previously placed as the Reserve All Ireland Heifer Calf of the Year at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore last August in addition to winning many more prizes on the Munster show circuit. Judge Andrew Hughes described his Female Champion as “an extremely well balanced and correct young heifer” and had no hesitation in placing her at the top of the championship line-up.

Champion Heifer Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 with owner Matthew Goulding and judge Andrew Hughes UK.
Champion Heifer Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 with owner Matthew Goulding and judge Andrew Hughes UK.

The Reserve Female Champion came from the Corlismore Polled Herefords of Sean McKiernan with the young calf Corlismore Poll 1 Lady 748. Lady 748 took 1st prize in the keenly contested senior 2014 born class. The judge complimented this heifer on her “size for age” and she fought off stiff competition from many of the older heifers to take the Reserve Female championship.

 Reserve Champion Heifer Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748 with Gary McKiernan and judge Andrew Hughes UK.
Reserve Champion Heifer Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748 with Gary McKiernan and judge Andrew Hughes UK.

Other 1st prize winners on the day included the 2014 National Hereford Show Female Champion, Knockmountagh Cindy exhibited by John & Eamon McKiernan, who won the junior Autumn 2013 class. The youngest calf of the entire show, Gageboro Niamh 2, won the junior class in the female section for breeders Niall Daly & Lisa Holloway.

1st Prizewinner Knockmountagh Cindy with owner Eamonn McKiernan.
1st Prizewinner Knockmountagh Cindy with owner Eamonn McKiernan.
1st Prizewinner Gageboro Niamh 2nd with Niall Daly
1st Prizewinner Gageboro Niamh 2nd with Niall Daly

The male section was particularly well supported with a large entry in each of the four classes with one class attracting an entry of 23 bulls, 18 of which were present on the day. The Male Championship was awarded to Eamon & John McKiernan with the winner of the first bull class of the day – Knockmountagh Master. This bull was a prolific winner of many prizes during the summer circuit and capped off a tremendous year for his owners by taking home the overall Male Championship. Judge Andrew Hughes was praised his Champion for his “strength and power” and added that he was a very deserving champion of the show.

Male Champion Knockmountagh Master with John McKiernan
Male Champion Knockmountagh Master with John McKiernan

The Reserve Male championship was won by Moyclare Mariner for owner Michael Molloy. This superbly fleshed young calf has also enjoyed much success on the summer show circuit and is sired by the noted stock bull Brocca Saviour. The Judge also commented on the exceptional muscling of the bull for his age.

Reserve Male Champion Moyclare Mariner with owner Michael Molloy and jdge Andrew Hughes UK
Reserve Male Champion Moyclare Mariner with owner Michael Molloy and jdge Andrew Hughes UK

The senior 2014 born bull calf class was won by Sean McKiernan’s Colismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 who is sired by the former two-time National Hereford Show Champion Grianan Firecracker. The last of the show classes was won by Rossmore Kestrel for owner Cathal Flynn. This bull deserves particular recognition as he fought off stiff competition from a large number of quality bull calves in what Judge Andrew Hughes described as the show’s “most difficult class to judge”.

1st Prizewinner Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 with Gary McKiernan
1st Prizewinner Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747 with Gary McKiernan
1st Prizewinner Rossmore Kestrel with owner Cathal Flynn
1st Prizewinner Rossmore Kestrel with owner Cathal Flynn

Female Section:

Class 1: Heifer born between 01.09.2013 – 31.10.2013

1st: Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Gouldinpoll 1 Duchess 591, born: 12.09.13, sire: Remitall 1 Supreduty, dam: Dorepoll 1 Duchess 525

2nd: Brian & Eamonn Duignan, Shancor, Cornafean, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Esta 734, born: 29.09.13, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Corlismorepoll 1 Sharon Esta

3rd: Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co. Meath – Ardmulchan Clover 610, born: 16.10.13, sire: Grianan Emperor, dam: Ardmulchan Clover 456

4th: John O’ Connor, Ballykennedy Hse, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick – Clouncagh Joanne 4, born: 12.09.13, sire: Dieulacresse Hector, dam: Cloughcagh Breage Blossom.

Class 2: Heifer born between 01.11.2013 – 31.12.2013

1st: Eamonn & John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth – Knockmountagh Cindy, born: 16.11.2013, sire: Parkhill Pompeii, dam: Knockmountagh Cathy.

2nd: Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmount, Co. Offaly – Moyclare Rose 24, born: 26.11.2013, sire: Brocca Saviour, dam: Moyclare Rose 3.

3rd: Edwin Jones, Riverside, Kenagh, Co. Longford – Lislaughtin Alma 9, born: 09.12.2013, sire: Grianan Gaffer, dam: Lislaughtin Jessica 11

4th: JJ Farrell, Trillick-A-Temple, Longford, Co. Longford – Trillick Barbie, born: 06.11.2013, sire: Free Town Hotspur, dam: Trillick Honey.

Class 3: Heifer born between 01.01.2014 – 28.02.2014

1st: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Lady 748, born: 20.01.2014, sire: Corlismore Pompeii, dam: Udel 1 R51 Unwed Lady

2nd: Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare – Clondrina 1152, born: 29.01.2014, sire: Balleen Gilbert, dam: Clondrin 633

3rd: Ruth Good, Coolkirky, Riverstick, Co. Cork – Lislaughtin Almala 10, born: 04.02.2014, sire: Grianan Gaffer, dam: Lislaughtin Jessica 15

4th: John Neenan, Tullaha, Broadford, Charleville, Co. Limerick – Tullaha Lily, born: 12.01.2014, sire: Newstar Hercules, dam: Tullaha Delia.

Class 4: Heifer born after 01.03.2014

1st: Niall Daly & Lisa Holloway, Horseleap, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Gageboro Niamh 2, born: 24.04.2014, sire: Gageboro Kipling, dam: Tullamaine Fethard.

2nd: James V Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – Ballyraggan Thyme 798, born: 14.04.2014, sire: Killoe Blazer, dam: Ballyraggan Lavendar 567

3rd: Thomas Plunkett, Castletown-Finea, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – Ardnagross Patty, born: 17.03.2014, sire: Trillick Blazer, dam: Ardnagross Ruth

4th: Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Co, Monaghan – Rossmore Dolly, born: 06.04.2014, sire: Grianan King Kong, dam: Tattygare Maggie.

 Male Section 

Class 5: Bull born between 01.09.2013 – 31.10.2013

1st: Eamonn & John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth – Knockmountagh Master, born: 15.09.2013, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Knockmountagh Carmel.

2nd: T&A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mount Temple, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Grianan Neon, born: 10.09.2013, sire: Grianan Highfyler, dam: Grianan Orange K581

3rd: Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Dendor 1 Last Chance, born: 28.09.2013, sire: Solpoll 1 Gillbert, dam: Dendor 1 Greta 8

4th: H&M Parr, Tourtane, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny – Tourtane Jake, born: 23.10.2013, sire: Kilsunny Goliath, dam: Grianan Orange K589

Class 6: Bull born between 01.11.2013 – 31.12.2013

1st: Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmount, Co. Offaly – Moyclare Mariner, born: 03.11.2013, sire: Brocca Saviour, dam: Moyclare Dora.

2nd: T&A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mount Temple, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Grianan Nobleman, born: 17.11.2013, sire: Bowmount Storm, Grianan Dominique.

3rd: Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare – Clondrina 1138, born: 06.12.2013, sire: Balleen Gilbert, dam: Clondrina 881

4th: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 740, born: 11.11.2013, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Colismorepoll 1 Sara

Class 7: Bull born between 01.01.2014 – 28.02.2014

1st: Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co. Cavan – Corlismorepoll 1 Hustler 747, born: 18.01.2014, sire: Grianan Firecracker, dam: Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 524.

2nd: Hugh P Murray, Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath – Newland Goss, born: 13.02.2014, sire: Castledaly Jeff, dam: Castleday Brid.

3rd: Edwin Jones, Riverside, Kenagh, Co. Longford – Keenaghpoll 1 Jupiter, born: 28.02.2014, sire: Kilsunny Goliath, dam: Keenaghpoll 1 Fiona.

4th: Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co. Meath – Ardmulchan Krusader, born: 02.01.2014, sire: Grianan Emperor, dam: Ballymartin Hillary.

Class 8: Hereford Bull born after 01.03.2014

1st: Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Co, Monaghan – Rossmore Kestrel, born: 02.03.2014, sire: Grianan King Kong, dam: Rossmore Blossom.

2nd: Basil Arnold, Mullaghdoo, Kileshardra, Co. Cavan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite, born: 24.03.2014, sire: Gouldinpoll 1 Superduty, dam: Mullaghdoo Rosetta.

3rd: James V Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – Ballyraggan Mentor 792, born: 07.03.2014, sire: Woodview Ernest, dam: Ballyraggan Dot 565.

4th: Michael Farrell, Kilcleagh, Castledaly, Moate, Co. Westmeath – Castledaly Messi, born: 17.03.2014, sire: Bowmont Vancouver, dam: Castledaly Eliza.

Report and Gallery photos by: Edward Dudley

Photos Prizewinners: Helena Murray

Tremendous entry for National Hereford Calf Show at Tullamore on Sat Nov 22nd

A1 Launch Calf Show at NPC All roads lead to Tullamore for the National Hereford Calf Show on Saturday November 22nd next.

The event hosted by the Irish Hereford Society’s North Leinster branch takes place at the GVM Show Arena with judging set to kick off with the Young Handler classes at 10.30am. Well known UK judge Andrew Hughes travels over for the event and welcomes the opportunity to adjudicate on the large entry of 82 animals.

Stock from regular show exhibitors will feature alongside those from many newly formed herds which are expected to make their mark and stake a claim to the top positions.

This is the first such Hereford event to be held and is made possible through the work a a dedicated organising committee and the generosity of sponsors who have given tremendous support in what are challenging times. A sincere thank you to all involved.

This promises to be a very enjoyable day out for all the family and a great opportunity to view the younger Hereford genetics coming on stream.

NATIONAL HEREFORD CALF SHOW NOVEMBER 22ND 2014

Preparations are well in hand for a National Hereford Calf show to be held at the GVM Cattle Display Arena, Tullamore. The date selected for the event which will be held under the auspices of the Irish Hereford Breed Society North Leinster Branch is Saturday November 22nd 2014. Generous sponsorship is currently being put in place. The branch and its members are to be commended on this very welcome initiative at a time of increasing interest in the breed.

Classes will include four heifer calf classes and four bull calf classes. Two further classes will be held for Young Hereford Handlers in two different age-groups.

Classes will be for:

  1. calf born on or between 1st September 2013 and 31st October 2013
  2. Calf born on or between 1st November 2013 and 31st of December 2013
  3. Calf born on or between 1st January 2014 and 28th February 2014
  4. Calf born on or after 1st March 2014

Closing date for entries will be 1st November 2014

For further information contact Chairman Anselm Fitzgerald on 087 662 3403 or Secretary Joe Deverell on 087 270 2271

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