Hereford Youth Workshop May 3rd 2014

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 marketing@irishhereford.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.

HEREFORD YOUTH WORKSHOP 3RD MAY 2014

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 given 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 were required to fill out carefully with the aim being to match their answers as best they could 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 lookingsharp 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 marketing@irishhereford.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.

Irish Hereford Breed Society Calf Promotion, Corrin Mart, Fermoy.

Bull Calf sold by Nickie Flavin, Barnageehy, Youghal, Co. Cork €305.

Heifer Calf sold by Cors Cronin, Ballinadough, Carrig Na Phear €215.

champion heifer owned by Corneilus Cronin, Carrignavar which sold for €215 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member & Ted O'Sullivan, Bartlemy, Hereford Breeder.
champion heifer owned by Corneilus Cronin, Carrignavar which sold for €215 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member & Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Hereford Breeder.
champion heifer which sold for €215 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member, Oliver Manley representing owner Corneilus Cronin, Carrignavar & Ted O'Sullivan, Bartlemy, Hereford Breeder.
champion heifer which sold for €215 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member, Oliver Manley representing owner Corneilus Cronin, Carrignavar & Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Hereford Breeder.
champion bull which sold for €305 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member, owner Elaine Flavin, Barnageehy, Youghal & Michael Morrisson, Killeagh, Hereford Breeder.
champion bull which sold for €305 with Pat McCarthy, Hereford Council Member, owner Elaine Flavin, Barnageehy, Youghal & Michael Morrisson, Killeagh, Hereford Breeder.

Herefords surge ahead at Kilmallock 25th April 14

There was a large turnout at the Irish Hereford Society’s Kilmallock sale on Friday last. As at Nenagh a week earlier demand was brisk with many of the bulls forward selling to Co Limerick and some also to neighbouring counties of Cork and Tipperary. There was a varied price range Prices ranged from 2,000 to 3,400 with the average down on the previous week by 50 Euro. Some of those in attendance felt that quality was marginally down on the previous sale and in addition bulls forward were somewhat younger. The general feeling among purchasers is that the current demand will continue this spring and breeders are not anticipating a slowdown of sales anytime soon!

Judge for the event was Mr. Martin Murphy of Toureenbrien, Newport, Co. Tipperary had quite the task of deciding the Champion and Reserve on the day. After a lot of consideration Mr. Murphy selected the Geashill, Co Offaly bred Ballyaville Gaston bred and exhibited by the Deverell Family as his Champion. The Champion shown at the event by Mr Ivor Deverell is a son to herd sire Killeaney Pompeii and its dam Ballyaville Shelley a daughter to Rathregan Admiral. The purchaser at 3,400 the day’s top price was Paddy Fitzgibbon, Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. The Deverell’s also exhibited a further 1st prizewinner in Ballyaville Ger. This is a half-brother to the champion out of a Corlismore Swampy daughter Ballyaville Bathsheba. This late October son was purchased by Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan at 2,900 as a possible herd sire prospect. Mr Deverell departed the event well satisfied with his 3,150 average on the day.

The Reserve Champion Moyclare Liberty bred and exhibited by well-known Offaly breeder by Mr. Michael Molloy of Belmont, Birr was a son of herd sire Brocca Saviour which also sired the 3,500 Moyclare Lieutenant Reserve Champion at the Society sale at Tullamore and Moyclare Lucrative 3,050 at Kilkenny. The dam Moyclare Pansy 9th is a Yarram Star General daughter and the purchaser at 3,100 is Thomas Giltinane. Patrickswel, Co Limerick.

JJ Farrell, Trillick a Temple, Co Longford a regular exhibitor at GVM Kilmallock had a rewarding day with his three entries averaging 2,900, His top price bull at 3,100 was Trillick Connor by his very successful herd sire and sire of the national Hereford champion in 2014 Steil Gerard a Churchill StormV583 son. Out of Killoe Cora by Trillick Best he sold to Co Limerick man Michael Leahy, Tournafulla. His other two entries sold at 2,800 each Trillick Chieftain also a Steil Gerard son out of Cloghran Sally to Denis Murphy, Adare and Corrarodpoll 1 Will out of Templefort 1 Judy by Corran Hill Firepower to David Kent, Mitchelstown.

Two bulls from the Allowdale herd of Liam Philpott and Anne Pounds, Knocknacolan, Kanturk sold to Co Limerick. Allowdale Storm Prince an ET son of UK import Border Queen by Bowmont Storm A584 sold at 2,850 to Jerry O’Callaghan, Caherconlish while his herd mate Allowdale Classic Gold by Australian sire Mawarra Sentimental and out of Balleen Breezer daughter Balleen Miss Tribute 3rd sold to Michael Scanlon, Ballingarry, Rathkeale at 2,700. Mr Scanlon later went on to purchase a second bull 1st prizewinner Dunlever Tanto a Knockmountagh Tarzan son of Clondrina 878th by Dunlever Umbert at 2,750 from Michael Bird, Dunlever House, Trim, Co Meath.

Aidan O’Donovan and son Eamon were very well pleased with the performance of their 2nd prizewinner, Bowmont Vancouver son Donovo King Kong. Out of Donovo Gorgeous by Glaslough Esquire this bull with plenty of shape was purchased at 2,800 by Michael Ryan, Templederry, Nenagh.

The 82% clearance is not as strong as that experienced at Nenagh but is a firm indicator of demand for Hereford in the region. Hereford prices for calves, yearlings and forward stores at GVM Kilmallock are consistently among the top prices across the country each week as more and more calf to beef and two year old finishers target the mart for supplies. The CEO at GVM Mr PJ Buckley says that throughput and prices have increased significantly this spring.

The Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd’s next sale will take place at Central Auctions, Nenagh on Saturday May 17th. Catalogues can be viewed online at www.irishhereford.com or call the Hereford Society office on 044 93 48855 to request a copy.

Irish Hereford Calf Promotion at GVM Kilmallock

Well done to all involved in the Calf Promotion in Kilmallock on Easter Monday.

The 1st prize bull calf went to Denis Guerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork, who’s bull calf later sold for €360 in the sales ring.

The 1st prize heifer calf went to Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. The heifer calf later sold for a price of €350 in the sales ring.

Congratulations to all the buyers and sellers on the day.

Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in GVM, Kilmallock las
Emma Ward with 1st prize heifer and bull calves
Emma Ward with the owner of the Champion Bull Calf in the Show and Sale held in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday, Denis Guuuerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork
Emma Ward with the owner of the Champion Bull Calf in the Show and Sale held in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday, Denis Guuuerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork
The Champion Heifer Calf in the Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday with: Donal Mullins, Judge, Emma Ward and owner Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock
The Champion Heifer Calf in the Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday with: Donal Mullins, Judge, Emma Ward and owner Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock

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