Members will receive details well before each event.
Members will receive details well before each event.
Crowds looked on as the 2017 Hereford Classes took place at this years RUAS Balmoral Show. With class numbers increasing by 8% on previous years the breed saw just shy of 70 entries which made it one of the most supported breed’s at the venue.
“Great quality of cattle in good numbers, well presented and my type of animal, I always look for something that stands out and is that little bit special” commented Andrew Hughes, a well known stockman and breeder from the UK who had the task of judging on the day.
Ivan Haire and Family from Dundrod claimed both Champion male and female on the day with his recently purchased stock Bull Panmure 1 Monster taking the Supreme Championship.
Monster now just turned 2 years old caught Ivan’s eye at a Show and Sale in Hereford back in October. Bred by the Cant family from Scotland who are well known for producing prize winning stock Ivan had to bring him back to Ulster to add to his already prolific Dorepoll herd. His home bred female Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 who won the Intermediate heifer class went on to claim the overall Female Champion, this heifer comes from one of the most successful lines of breeding for the Haire family to date. Other victories on the day for the Haire’s were 1st in the senior Bull class with Dorepoll 1 Knighthawk, a Bull who weights in at over 1500kg and a shear crowd pleaser.
Peartree 1 Ed, Reserve Male & Reserve Supreme Champion was bred by first time exhibitor William Connolly from Saintfield. Sired by Solitude 1 Kingdom who was bred by Andrew McMordie, Kingdom previously took Reserve Male Champion at Balmoral in 2014 his dam Solpoll 1 Starlet H10 an ET daughter of the 3 times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Starlet B10 the 2007 Balmoral Female Champion.
Reserve Female Champion was lifted by Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Nancy. This stylish Heifer showed great ring presence and was sired by Pinmoor 1 Kingsley who took reserve NI Bull of the Year 2016 and Supreme Bull at The National Show in Enniskillen to mention but a few.
Solpoll 1 National, the Junior Champion bred by John & William McMordie was sired by the legendary Solpoll 1 Dynamite. This 13 month old bull was previously Junior Champion at the 2016 Pedigree Calf Fair and is considered as one of the best ever bred by the herd.
Reserve Junior Champion went to David Wilson’s Lisrace Lumberjack 18th, previously Junior Champion at the NIHBA calf show in October. He is the first calf out of David’s stock Bull Knockmountagh Master who himself won the ROI calf show 2014 and ROI sale 2015, his dam Lisrace Prettymaid 19th was reserve female champion at Balmoral in 2015 and went on to win female of the year.
Victoria Orr won the the Junior Female class which had the largest entry of the day of 14 with her foundation heifer, Rempstone 1 Fashion . Bought at the Designer Genes Sale last December she is a daughter of the best cow in the Remstone herd.
Overall Supreme Champion
Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI and W Haire
Overall Reserve Champion
Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Adult Male Champion
Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Adult Male Champion
Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Adult Female Champion
Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Adult Female Champion
Barnburn 1 Nancy. Greer Watson
Junior Breed Champion
Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
Reserve Junior Breed Champion
Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
Class 579 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/14
1st Baltimore Orange 449. Coote Geelan
2nd Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim. 583 JE, RI & W Haire
3rd Lusky 1 Honour. WJ Gill & AJ Weir
Class 580 Heifer born between 1/1/15 -30/6/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Barnburn 1 Marigold. Greer Watson
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet M19. J & W McMordie
Class 581 Heifer born between 1/7/15 – 31/12/15
1st Barnburn 1 Nancy. Greer Watson
2nd Ballymartin 1 Hazel. Aaron Patterson
3rd Solpoll 1 Pansy N7. J & W McMordie
Class 582 Heifer born after 1/1/16
1st Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. V Orr & W McMordie
2nd Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. Stephen Cherry
3rd Dorepoll 1 Tessa 656. JE,RI & W Haire
Class 583 Bull born prior 1/4/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Knighthawk. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Pinmoor 1 Kingsley. Greer Watson
3rd Mallaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Ciaran Kerr
Class 584 Bull born after 1/4/15 – 31/12/15
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
3rd Mountview Enzo. Trevor Andrews
Class 585 Bull born after 1/1/16
1st Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
3rd Annaghbeg Decimus. M&L Moore
Class 586 Group of three
1st J & W McMordie
2nd JE,RI & W Haire
3rd C Geelan
100% CLEARANCE FOR HEREFORDS
Bulls where snapped up by buyers with 100% clearance of animals presented for Sale on Tuesday at The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association Show and sale in conjunction with the Native Breeds.
Quality was recognised by a packed sale ring which reflected a healthy £2850 average on the day.
Top price of the day went to Judge Sean McKiernan’s Champion Riverdale 1 Nero of 3800 guineas owned and bred by Norman McMordie and Family which was purchased by M&S Crawford of Ballymena. Reserve in the show ring command a price of 3700 guineas, Solpoll 1 Neon bred by John McMordie which went to S Cargill of Parkgate. Two more sons of the legendary bull Panmure 1 Henry sold for 3200 guineas and 2900 guineas.
“Great to see such a demand for bulls, NIHBA breeders today have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest and enquiries for prospective buyers that missed out on a chance to buy on the day, the quality of animals shone through and that’s what the association strives for” commented John Gill Chairman of the NIHBA.
In the show ring Judge Sean McKiernan done a sterling job placing the animals which was backed up by the prices in the sale ring after.
Supreme Champion of the day went to Riverdale 1 Nero bred by Norman McMordie. This growthy bull caught the eye of Sean and is sired by 3 times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
Reserve Champion went to Solpoll 1 Neon bred by John McMordie, this son of Panmure 1 Henry had the figures to match with many in the top 10%
Class 3 Bull born 5/4/15-18/7/15
1st Solpoll 1 Neon J McMordie
2nd Holland Sergeant B&K Holland
3rd Cassandra Mo G Buchanan
4th Holland Hector B&K Holland
Class 4 Bull born 3/9/15-16/9/15
1st Riverdale 1 Nero N McMordie and Family
2nd Drumatee Fullstop J Conlon
3rd Drumatee Forager J Conlon
Class 5 Bulls born 6/11/15-20/3/16
1st Solitude 1 Noble A McMordie
Just prior to the forthcoming Northern Ireland Hereford Breeder’s Association show and Sale of 17 Bulls this Easter Tuesday Ivan Haire the Honorary Secretary caught up with local Co Antrim Dairy Farmer Brian Mawhinney at his farm just outside Doagh to find out why he choose a Hereford Bull to progress the suckler side of the business.
Established in 1982 the Laurelhill herd of pedigree Holsteins is well know for producing quality animals with the famed Laurelhill Fay being one of many. After a reduction sale in 2013 Brian still milks on average 50 head and is using a Pedegree Hereford Bull to build up a suckler herd.
‘The Hereford crossed with the Holstein is a winning combination’ stated Brian, the Hereford itself has not moved away from its original traits over the years of easy calving, docile and easy fleshed. With increased costs across the board in farming a calf that is born without assistance doesn’t look back is key, minimal input compared with other breeds to gain weigh is also also means a lot to the bottom line. “Any bull calves are sold on farm advised Brian, with the heifers raised to become sucklers, they grow into great robust cattle that are easy to work with, that means the world when working closely with cattle on a daily basis”
Anyone interested in the Hereford breed should contact the Associations Secretary Ivan Haire on 07887 675649, or come along to the forthcoming Show and Sale of 17 Bulls in conjunction with the Native Breed’s on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at Dungannon Market. Show commences at 11am with sale at 1pm.
NIHBA will be holding a sale at Dungannon Farmers Market on 18th April 2017 in conjunction with the Native Breeds.
17 quality animals will go under the gavel on the day from some of the top breeders in Northern Ireland, a great opportunity to purchase quality from a trusted breeder.
Online catalogue now available from link below or at Hereford cattle society website.
HEREFORD’S OFF TO A FLYING START IN 2017
Friday seen the start of the season for Northern Ireland Hereford Association’s Premier Show and Sale sponsored by Danske Bank.
With over 28 entries from 13 top breeder’s the first of the association’s events didn’t disappoint the spectator’s and buyers alike.
Judge George Workman from Garvagh had the difficult task of picking his Champion and reserve as all bulls presented on the day where of quality and class.
His Supreme Champion went to SH Stewart’s Thornbank 1 Might Man. “For a bull of 23 months, he is well grown, correct and showed class when in the ring” stated George. Sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite from the McMordie herd he certainly has his fathers genes. The 2016 1st prize winner from the National show later went under the hammer and achieved the top price on the day of 4100 guineas.
Overall Reserve Champion went to Norman McMordie and family with River-dale 1 Neptune. Sired by the prolific Panmure 1 Henry this August 2015 born bull was packed with style and certainly had ring presence.
Trade on the day was healthy with a 75% clearance of bulls going under the gavel and an average of £2300. Champion Thornbank 1 Mighty Man was sold for 4100 guineas to the pedigree herd of W McCrabbe, Raphoe, Co Donegal. Dorepoll 1 Lawman bred by JE & RI & W Haire sold for 2500 guineas to O & I Hawe of Knockloughrim. Reserve Champion of Norman McMordie River Dale 1 Neptune was bought by J H Fraser from Belfast for 2300 guineas. D R Wilson’s two bulls, Lisrace Lifeguard 16th went for 2400 guineas to Montgomery Bros of Eglington and Lisrace Liberty 15th for 2200 guineas to James Eakin of Moy.
Overall Supreme Champion Thornbank 1 Mightyman SH Stewart
Reserve Champion River Dale 1 Neptune McMordie Family
1st Thornbank 1 Mighty Man SH Stewart
2nd Lisrace Liberty 15th DR Wilson
3rdDrumantee FrantomJ Conlon
4th Drumantee MojoJ Conlon
1st Drumantee ForceJ Conlon
2nd Lisrace LifeguardDR Wilson
3rdNewtownbutler 1 LighteningT Mohan
1st Drumantee YahooJ Conlon
2nd Barnburn 1 MonopolyB & G Watson
3rd Drumantee MasseyJ Conlon
1stCullamore 1 HarveyR McKenna
2nd Black Water Major S & N Heatrick
3rd Holland Hector 1921B & K Holland
4th Holland SergeantB & K Holland
1st River Dale 1 NeptuneMcMordie Family
2nd Barnburn 1 NeptuneB & G Watson
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