Members will receive details well before each event.
Members will receive details well before each event.
The Killyhevlin hotel in Enniskillen hosted the annual dinner and awards evening for the NIHBA.
“Great to see such a turn out, not just on the evening but throughout the year at the qualifying shows” commented John Gill, chairman pictured at the presentation of the silverware on the evening.
Polled bull and overall bull of the year went to Mulladoopoll 1 Elite belonging to Ciaran Kerr of the Kinnego herd who also picked up the 2016 novice award.
Champion female of the year along with polled female champion went to Hilton 1 Delilah owned by James Graham of the Richmount Herd.
Taking home both the horned titles for 2016 was the Corraback Herd belonging to father and son team Mervyn and Henry Richmond with Corraback Jedi winning the Bull accolade and Corraback Blossom 3rd dominating the females.
Progeny Pair winners for 2016 went to Mervyn Richmond with Mara Flook and J&W McMordie’s Panmure 1 Henry.
Overall female 2016
Champion Hilton 1 Delilah
Res Female Corraback Blossom 3rd
Overall Male 2016
Champion Mulladoopoll 1 Elite
Res Male Pinmoor 1 Kingsley
Polled Female 2016
Champion Hilton 1 Delilah
Res Solpoll Starlet M12
Polled Male 2016
Champion Mulladoopoll 1 Elite
Res Pinmoor 1 Kingsley
Horned Female 2016
Champion Corraback Blossom 3rd
Res Fortview Lucinda
Horned Male 2016
Champion Corraback Jedi
Res Joint Kilsunny Lleyton/Annaghbeg Becimus
Progeny Pair 2016
Mara Flook / Panmure 1 Henry
The Autumn Show & Sale of pedigree Herefords in Dungannon Farmers mart saw a small entry of cattle paraded in front of the judge John Gill of the Lusky Herd in Killinchy. The cattle came under the hammer of Trevor Wylie with bulls peaking at £2100 for the third prize Silverford 1 Lad from R Stewart Dungannon. This 19 month old son of Kilsunny Goliath sold to R & A Davis Moneymore.
The Champion Drumatee Mojo a 20 month old son of Baleen Maker exhibited by John Conlon of Markethill Co.Armagh failed to make his reserve as did the Reserve Champion the incalf heifer Black Water Lady from S & N Heatrick Middletown Co.Armagh. The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association would like to thank Dungannon Farmers Mart for the use of their facilities.
Diary of a Herds Competition Judge
The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeder’s Annual herd’s competition got under way on the 26th July with none other than the legendary English stockman Steve Edwards judging the annual award.
The monumental task which involved covering over 1000 miles in the six counties judge Steve Edwards took it in his stride.
The first visits saw Steve at relatively new breeders, starting with the Kinnego Herd of Ciaran Kerr, Nathan Hylands Moygannon Herd and Grallagh Herd belonging to Ryan McKnight. With the rain closing in he headed back to base visiting Gerry and Jonathan Smalls Drumshambo Herd back in Randalstown.
Steve managed to fit in some down time at the Clogher Valley show where he met up with fellow Hereford Breeder Alan Timbrell from the Thames Herd who had the honour of judging the Dairy Cow Championship. The afternoon was finished off visiting the Corcreevy Herd in Brookeborough belonging to Niall Hudson the back home via Co Armagh to see John Conlon’s Drumantee Herd.
Thursday saw him visit a local Herd in Broughshane belonging to John Richmond then cross country to Co Tyrone to see this years Blamoral Champion of the Beattie family at the Castlepoll and Tierlugan Herd. With the rain now firmly set in for the day it was on to County Fermanagh to judge Tom Mohan’s Newtownbutler Herd finishing with David Wilsons Lisrace herd and finally the Nancy Herd.
The penultimate day took in Co Down, starting in Holywood with Roy and Pat McClenaghan’s Brookfield Herd then onto The McMordie Family’s herd of Solpoll animals who this year took for the second time the UK herd of the year. The Lisola/Craigy herd of Jacqueline Martin followed with the day finishing at the Lusky, Ballymartin and Barnburn Herds belonging to AJ Farms, Aaron Patterson and the Watson family respectively.
Saturday saw the finish line in sight with a cross country visit to the final two herds, firstly the Graceland Herd of Robin and James Irvine and finally Stephen Baxter’s Umgola Herd.
The NIHBA would like to thank Steve Edwards for putting in such time and dedication and all the breeders who took part.
SMALL HERD WINNERS
1st Barnburn Herd B&G Watson
2nd Umgola Herd Stephen Baxter
3rd Corcreevy Herd Niall Hudson
MEDIUM HERD WINNERS
1st Lisola/Craigy Herd Jacqueline Martin
2nd Newtownbutler Herd Tom Mohan
3rd Graceland Herd R&G Irvine
1st Solpoll Herd J&W McMordie
2nd Drumantee Herd John Conlon
3rd Lisrace Herd David Wilson
1st Solpoll Herd
2nd Drumantee Herd
Best Stock Bull
Pinmoor 1 Kingsley B&G Watson
Best Autumn Born Bull Calf
Solpoll 1 Nobility J&W McMordie
Best Spring Born Bull Calf
Umgola 1 Impact 5th Stephen Baxter
Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf
Lisrace Pretty Maid David Wilson
Best Spring Born Heifer Calf
Lisrace Crystal David Wilson
Photo credits Alfie Shaw
The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association recently held their Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation of Awards in the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen.
The chairman John Gill welcomed over 60 breeders and friends to the function where the breeders were rewarded for their efforts at the various events and summer shows through out the year
Amongst the guests were representatives from Dunbia and United Feeds who the Association are indebted to for their continued support.
After a very enjoyable meal the Associations president Cecil Beatty gave a detailed report on the years events, the chairman then welcomed the guest speaker for the evening Mr Gareth Bell from the Jubilee Veterinary Clinic in Newtownards who attended with his wife. Gareth gave a very interesting and enlightening talk on bull reproduction.
The awards were handed over by Mrs Ann Orr from The Fermanagh Farming Society who hosted the well supported 2016 National Hereford Show. The Hereford Championship was won by Bertie and Greer Watson from Crossgar with the Reserve Champion going to James Graham from Portadown.
A very enjoyable evening was had by all with the Music being provided by the Cathy McGovern band
The McMordie Family successfully held for the second year with their Solpoll Herd the UK herd of the year for 2016, pictured is John and son Andrew receiving the award at the Pre Sale dinner held before Tuesday’s Show and sale in Hereford.
The accolade didn’t stop there with Solpoll 1 Gilbert owned by E Rees, Trefochlyd Herefords, Haverfordwest, Pembrokshire scooping the UK Sire of the Year for the second time in three years. Bred by J & W McMordie from Ballygowan, Co. Down, he was then purchased by DE, ED & AL Jones as a promising young bull to join their Dendor herd. His potential soon came to fruition when in 2012 he took the Royal Welsh Show Supreme Championship.
Six year old “Gilbert”, who is out of Solpoll 1 Pansy D3 and by Christies 1 Radar has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded figures which include 400 and 600 day weights, scrotal size and carcase weight all in the top 1%. These impressive figures culminate in a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.
Any breeder intending to exhibit bulls at the January Sale needs to have the DNA and Genetic test done now.
The hair samples need to be with Hereford ASAP to make sure that the test results are back in time.
Entry forms will be available shortly and any member requiring entry forms should contact the secretary Ivan Haire.
NORTHERN IRELAND HEREFORD BREEDERS ASSOCIATION FIELD EVENING AND BBQ RAISES £2500.00 FOR ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY
The NIHBA field evening and BBQ was held at the home of Castlepoll Herefords ( C & M Beatty and son) 49 leaney road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. With four generations of Beatty family involved with Herefords this was a momentous occasion for the family. A bumper crowd of over 160 attended the evening consisting of friends, neighbours, Hereford breeders both past and present coming from many counties throughout Northern and Southern Ireland.
Many of these included new Hereford breeders attending the NIHBA event for the first time. The evening started off with stock judging and viewing of the herds on show. The herds on show included the Braemount and Castlepoll herds belonging to C & M Beatty and with 47 years of experience had a number of cows with calves, dry cows and maiden heifers and bulls. Also on view was the Tirelugan herd belonging to P & W Beatty with cows and calves and maiden heifers.
The focal point was the opportunity the guess the weight of both male and female (supreme) champion the 2016 Balmoral show with the beatty families having scooped both these awards this year.
As the evening wore on everyone the headed for food where there was plenty to suit everyone. With steaks, burgers, numerous salads and a wide variety of desserts everyone had their fill.
The master judge for the evening was the well renowned stockman Mr Steve Edwards from England.
A big thankyou must go to everyone who supported and helped with this event but a special mention must go to our main sponsors for the evening Dunbia who very kindly donated all the steaks and burgers for the bbq, and a special mention to Kenny Linton from Dunbia who organised all of this superbly.
A thankyou must also go out to some of the beatty family suppliers who donated items for auction the main ones being L W Surplis, Dungannon Farmers Mart, SMP Concrete Products Ltd, Irwin feeds, Irwin Farm Supplies and OddBall Engineering. Many other supplier to the beatty farm also donated items and a big thankyou to them to. Thanks must go to the Committee Members of the NIHBA who also provided items to be auctioned and also supplied the desserts which were enjoyed by all. The NIHBA would also like to thank Donald Beatty for conducting the auction where he did a wonderful job and also Ian Coulter who gave of his time to come and tell some yarns and craic a few jokes which went down very well. Two people who we owe a great deal of thanks were our chefs Ashley and Vanessa who did an excellent job of cooking the steaks and managing the bbq’s. Thanks must also go to photographer Alfie Shaw who kindly gave of his time to capture the evening with some memorable photo’s Thanks to every one else who helped in any way to the success of the BBQ as there are just to many to mention by name.
It gave the NIHBA great pleasure in handing over a cheque for £2500.00 to the Alzheimer’s Society.
There is a class to suit all ages of calves and the entry form can be download and returned to Hon Secretary Ivan Haire on the address provided.
Entries close on 1st October 2016 with no exceptions.
Entry Form Below
The Annual Dinner Dance and Award Presentation will be held at the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen on 7th October 2016 at 7:30pm.
Special rates for accommodation have been negotiated with the hotel for the evening at £60pps and anyone wishing to avail of this should contact the hotel on 02866 323481 quoting THE HEREFORD DINNER.
Its the perfect opportunity to enjoy good food and catch up with your fellow Hereford breeders before winter kicks in and you never know your luck may be in with a great raffle during the evening!
Adult Menu £25
Childs Menu £13
Fan of Melon
Crunchy Seasonal Salad crowned with Slivers of Smoked Chicken
Cream of Farmhouse Vegetable Soup
Prime Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
Supreme of Chicken
Baked Fillet of Salmon
All the above with Chefs selection of Market Vegetables and Potatoes
Selection of Homemade Deserts
FRESHLY BREWED COFFEE
Still availability to attend and anyone wishing to do so should contact IVAN HAIRE no later than 30th SEPTEMBER 2016 on