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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
After a long weekend we took a look back over the events of the successful Hereford Youth Workshop which took place on the farm of Timmie & Sheila O’Sullivan, on Saturday May 3rd. The youth programme which is specifically designed to raise the skill level and confidence of youngsters took place in Ahane, Brosna, Co. Kerry with a fantastic turnout showing that the younger generations of today have great interest in the Hereford Breed.
The day started off with the stock judging competition, each participant was giving their judging cards and asked to carefully judge a selection of animals that consisted of Hereford cows, calves and heifers. There were four separate tasks on the sheet that all the young handlers must fill out carefully with the aim being to match their answers as best they can to the Master Judge’s sheet, Matt Goulding. They would then tick off their age group underneath their answers placing them into their designated categories of Under 12, 12 – 18 and 18 – 26 making it easier to decipher the winners at the end of the day.
It was time for ‘Guess the weight of the Bull’, with everybody crowding around trying to estimate what they believed to be his weight, mumbling to friends and discussing it with others trying to suss it out in order to guess the closest answer and be declared the winner. The bull was later put on the scales and weighed in at 708 KG with the closest guess by Mr. Eamon O’Donovan guessing his weight to be 712 KG, Eamon had his skills on display throughout the day as he also placed first in the 12 – 18 Stock Judging competition.
The break followed the competitions and due to the hard work of the fantastic chef’s on the day there were chips and burgers ready for everybody when the time came. A huge thanks to Irish Hereford Prime who kindly sponsored the delicious burgers and for those very hard working chef’s who made sure everyone was fed and well looked after before taking a break themselves. Everyone sat down to enjoy their food while some of the adults just went for tea or coffee, but with the sun shining and everybody happy it was a thoroughly enjoyed rest for everybody attending.
With the crowd well rested it was time for the Guest Speaker and demonstrations to begin, it started with Mr. P.J Hegarty of Southern Milling who addressed the crowd as they listened tentatively as he spoke about Nutrition informing us of what they do, how they do it and how it can benefit your herd. With the talk over and the questions answered it was now time for Mr. Peter O’Connell to start his grooming demonstration as he washed, dried and groomed the bull speaking as he done so informing everyone step by step what he was doing and why. The Demonstration was very interesting as he talked the crowd through what equipment he was using and where you could get it. The end result was fantastic and the Bull was looking sharp as he handed him over to Matt Goulding to continue the demonstration with showing and leading the Bull as he gave tips and tricks to how to best lead a Bull especially for shows. The young handlers paid careful attention to both demonstrators as they informed them of new skills and tips that could come in very useful in the future. He also spoke about the Stock Judging and what he wanted them to look out for when they were judging earlier that day.
With the competitions, demonstrations and talks over it was time to announce the winners of the Stock Judging competition earlier that day. Winners in the Under 12 category were: Sean O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Brien, Evan Lane, and P.J Moloney. Winners from the 12 – 18 category were as follows: Eamon O’Donovan, Clodagh Lynch, Jamie Diggins categor, and Aine Breen. Lastly the winners from the 18 – 26 category were: Eileen O’Keefe, Michelle Harnett and Gerard McGloughlin.
There was an array of prizes giving out to each of the winners on the day including trophies, t-shirts, jumpers, halters, show sticks and show coats with the intention of keeping the youth who attended on the day interested and up to date with the new equipment used. Congratulations to whose winners and to everyone who participated, there was a great effort made by all resulting in a great day.
The photography competition from the Hereford Youth Workshop is still going on, if you were there on the day and took any photos, send them to email@example.com or post them to our Facebook wall, where the winner will receive our ‘Mystery Prize’. If you would like to give us feedback on how you found our Workshop and what you would like to learn in the next one please do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to hear from everybody.