Members will receive details well before each event.
Members will receive details well before each event.
Co Down Farmer Richard Elliott certainly gave the Hereford Breed a seal of approval when chatting to John McMordie from the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association on his farm just outside Downpatrick last week.
Richard moved from Fermanagh back in 1968 and started his milking herd in 1984, the 150 milking herd is now worked by three generations of the family.
“Even back then their was always a Hereford bull on the farm, usually two, I always liked to keep a younger bull for the heifers” stated Richard. Herefords are perfect for the dairy farmer who rears suck calves, he believes that they are a low maintenance breed, easy calved, quick to be on their feet and never look back. To him that means a lot, he did try a continental bull but quickly changed back to Hereford, “yes the birth weight may be slightly greater but factoring in assisted calving’s and time spent at births any gains and profit margin soon disappeared” advised Richard. He also likes the fact the Hereford as a breed is quiet to work with, with more than enough dangers around the farm environment having quiet and manageable cattle is one less thing to worry about.
His son Richard and grand daughter Bronwyn who look after the calves where also impressed, easy to get started drinking, thriving and good doer’s advised Richard Jnr, as he showed John McMordie a selection of new born’s, he also loved the fact they are one of the quickest to gain weight with very little financial input and that is something in the current farming climate is a big positive.
With a the Hereford breed being used on a diary herd, the three generations certainly gave the breed an endorsement, easy calved, quiet to handle, quick to gain weight and finish with the lowest input it was an easy choice for the Elliott family to make.
If you are interested in the Hereford breed the NIHBA will be holding the January Premier show and sale sponsored by Danske Bank at Dungannon Livestock Market on 20th January. Show commences at 11am with sale at 1pm. Check the website on herefordni.co.uk or Facebook page or alternatively the association secretary Ivan Haire on 07887675649.
Pick of the crop for the Premier Show and Sale
The Northern Ireland Hereford Association’s Premier Sale sponsored by Danske Bank held in Dungannon Farmer’s Market on 20th January sees a record number of entries of top quality bulls on offer, a perfect opportunity for both dairy and suckler farmers to inject some of Northern Ireland’s top breeding into their herds.
Balmoral Show 2016 male champion was sold at last years event and a heifer sold at the 2014 event was carrying the 2016 Balmoral female and supreme champion when sold, it’s fair to say that the cream of the Hereford breed will be on offer on the day.
The top three prize winning herds the the large section from the NIHBA 2016 herd’s competition have bulls at the event for sale, 1st and 2nd winners in the medium herd’s section and also 1st prize in the small herd’s will all have Bulls on the day to be bid on.
As if that wasn’t enough to entice buyers the Senior Champion from the recent Pedigree Calf Fair and a 1st Prize Yearling Bull from the NI National Hereford Show will be for sale.
Sires of Bulls entered include the 2012 UK National Calf Champion and the 2013 NI Calf Show Champion.
Also on offer is the first progeny of the 2016 National Show Supreme Champion as well as Bulls sired by the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015 Bulls of the year and 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Sires of the year.
It’s without doubt this will be the best line up of Hereford Bulls for sale this year, a chance to secure an animal with a pedigree packed with quality.
Judging will begin at 11am by George Workman from Garvagh a long time Hereford enthusiast with the sale following at 1pm.
My interest developed by generally helping out around the farm and as this is a relatively new venture, we are all learning together!
I was very pleased to be awarded The Stanley Christie Cup at the Annual Dinner in October 2016, for young handler in 2015.
Unfortunately our show season last year did not go to plan following a T.B. Outbreak just before Balmoral Show. Thankfully, we were all clear by the end of September and went on to win Supreme Female at the calf show held in Dungannon in October 2016.
Hopefully this bodes well for the future and I am looking forward to attending as many shows as possible this incoming year!
Catalogue now available by clicking the below link.
Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association
Premier Show & Sale
Friday 20th January 2017
Judging 11:00am Sale 1:00pm
Dungannon Farmers Mart
OFFICIAL SHOW & SALE OF PEDIGREE HEREFORD CATTLE IN N.IRELAND
Entries from the top herds in N.Ireland
some have been prizewinners throughout the year
J Conlon Drumatee Herd 6 Bulls
W Connolly Peartree Herd 2 Bulls
JE RI W Haire Dorepoll Herd 2 Bulls
S & N Heatrick Black Water Herd 3 Bulls
B & K Holland Holland Herd 3 Bulls
J Martin Lisola Herd 1 Bull
R McKenna Cullamore Herd 1 Bull
McMordie Family River-Dale Herd 1 Bull
J & W McMordie Solpoll Herd 3 Bulls
T Mohan Newtownbutler Herd 2 Bulls
H Stewart Thornbank Herd 1 Bull
B & G Watson Barnburn Herd 3 Bulls
D Wilson Lisrace Herd 2 Bulls
Further details and Catalogue from
Ivan Haire Tel: 07887675649 02890825215
or Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsored by Danske Bank
December Profile – Marcus Murdock
I am Marcus Murdock from Newry, aged 16 years old and proprietor of Lisnaree Herefords . I have currently been in the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders association for around 3 years. I first got an interest in Hereford cattle through going to many agricultural shows and watching the different breeds and classes, but the Hereford breed always stood out to me. So finally I bought my first Hereford in 2013 from Fingerpost Herefords.
From here on I have successfully expanded my herd and currently have three in calf cows and a weanling heifer, this is all the pedigree cattle I have at the moment but I wish to expand this in the near future.
Summer 2016 was my first showing season, I successfully attended six shows at which I picked up rosettes at five of the shows. The shows at which I excelled at were the Hereford National show in Fermanagh were I won Hereford champion young handler, I also picked up champion young handler at the Hereford calf show. I was very pleased with these results for it being my first year at showing.
At the Hereford annual dinner I was pleased to receive a shield for winning the Hereford champion young handler. Overall I was very pleased at my first year showing and hope to have many years of showing ahead.
Local Butcher David Moore from Country Meats, Aghagallon firmly believes that Native breeds such as the Hereford is the way to go when providing a top quality cut for the table. With his most recent purchase of the Hereford Champion at Allams show and sale on Tuesday David intends to give his customers top grade meat for the festive season.
‘The Hereford provides a marbled finish to the meat which gives it the edge, the difference it makes to the taste is remarkable’ stated David. With better colour and high in fatty acid omega-3 it has a distinctive taste.
The breed itself thrives well on a forage based diet making it a clear winner for beef farmers over the UK making it easy to finish with lower financial input.
If you would like to try a cut of quality Hereford beef call into David at Country Meats over the Christmas period, a great alternative to turkey this Christmas.
HEREFORDS HOLD THEIR OWN AT PEDIGREE CALF FAIR BEEF N.I EXPO 2016
Over 30 exhibits where on display for Hereford judge and breeder Tony Bradstock at Saturday’s Calf Fair at Balmoral with two Co Down breeder’s taking the top spots. Senior Champion was taken by Bertie and Greer Watson with their home bred bull Barnburn 1 Napolean. Sired by the National show champion Pinmoor 1 Kingsley he certainly is following in his fathers footsteps. Reserve Senior Champion was won by Solpoll 1 Nobility owned and bred by J&W McMordie, a son of the prolific Panmure 1 Henry.
Junior Champion was won by John and William McMordie with an April born Bull Solpoll 1 National with reserve taken by a heifer Lisrace Crystal belonging to David Wilson.
Champion Barnburn 1 Napolean B&G Watson
Reserve Solpoll 1 Nobility J&W McMordie
Champion Solpoll 1 National J&W McMordie
Reserve Lisrace Crystal D Wilson
Bull Born on or after 1/9/15 and Before 31/12/15
1st Barnburn 1 Napolean B&G Watson
2nd Solpoll 1 Nobility J&W McMordie
3rd Solpoll 1 Next step (et) J&W McMordie
Heifer Born on or after 1/9/15 and before 31/12/15
1st Lisrace Prettymaid 24th D Wilson
2nd Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews
3rd Barburn 1 Nancy B&G Watson
Bull Born between 1/1/16 and 31/3/16
1st Annaghbeg Decimus ML Moore
2nd Corraback Kent RM Richmond
3rd Castlepoll 1 Goldstar C&M Beatty and sons
Heifer Born between 1/1/16 and 31/3/16
1st Annaghbeg Dawn ML Moore
2nd Corriewood 1 Jen Emily Peters
3rd Lisnaree 1 Nora Marcus Murdock
Bull Calf born after 1/4/16
1st Solpoll 1 National J&W McMordie
2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th D Wilson
3rd Corraback Kadar RM Richmond
Heifer Calf born after 1/4/16
1st Lisrace Crystal D Wilson
2nd Corraback Guenevere 15th RM Richmond
The Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Danske Bank for their commitment to sponsor such an event.
Anyone wishing to enter the event needs to have entries into Association Secretary Ivan Hair no later than FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2016.
Entry form can be found at the bottom of this post with full details of requirements. Health declarations can be found under Forms for Official Sales on the Hereford Cattle Societies website.
The Pedigree Calf Fair @ Beef N.I. Expo will be held at the RUAS Balmoral Showgrouds, Belfast on Saturday 19th November 2016 commencing at 10am.
This premier show, being the first of its kind in Ireland will showcase the premium quality pedigree calves in Northern Ireland, demonstrating excellence in breeding and the calibre for the future.
Beef Strategy 2020, also the first in Ireland, will be the forum for discussion at Beef N.I. Expo which will offer the chance to discuss the future of Beef farming and best practice with Processors, Retailers, Breeders and all stake-holders concerned with and dedicated to improving the Beef sector for the future…..given the difficulties facing the sector, this is something not to miss.