Herd’s Competition 2014

Overall Winner – Solpoll Herd owned by John & William McMordie


Reserve Overall – Lisola & Craigy Herds owned by Dessie Martin


Large Herds Section:

1st – Solpoll Herd – John & William McMordie

2nd – Mullin & Lurgacullion Herds – Des Kelly

3rd – Lisrace Herd – David Wilson


Medium Herds Section

1st – Lisola & Craigy Herds – Dessie Martin

2nd – Dorepoll Herd – JE, RI & W Haire

3rd – Graceland Herd – Robin Irvine


Small Herds Section

1st – Boley Herd – John Henning

2nd – Solitude Herd – Andrew McMordie

3rd – Umgola Herd – Stephen Baxter


Best Stock Bull – Lisola 1 Eddie by Udel 1 T62 Wexfordian – Stephen Baxter

Best Autumn Born Hefier Calf – Solitude 1 Helen L485 by Panmure 1 Henry – Andrew McMordie

Best Autumn Born Bull Calf – Solpoll 1 Landmark by Panmure 1 Henry – John & William McMordie

Best Spring Born Heifer Calf – Boghill 1 Lucinda by Dorepoll 1 Gallant – Fred Kerridge

Best Spring Born Bull Calf – Boley 1 Lorenzo by Solpoll 1 Grenade – John Henning


The NIHBA would like to thank Gerald & Rosemary Blandford for judging the herd’s competition.

Special thanks also to the Haire Family for hosting the BBQ and field evening to view the Dorepoll Herd and to host the prize giving for the competition.

Also thanks to Andrew Hughes who attended to provide expert advice and a demonstration of how to clip and prepare an animal for the show ring.

Bull & Female of the Year 2014

Bull of the Year – Richmount 1 King Kong bred by James Graham


Female of the Year – Craigy Honey Pie bred by Dessie Martin


Reserve Bull of the Year – Greenyards 1 Dougie exhibited by Robin Irvine


Reserve Female of the Year – Corraback Clover 4th bred by Mervyn Richmond


Horned Bull of the Year – Mara Flook exhibited by Mervyn Richmond


Reserve Horned Bull of the Year – Lisrace Lifeguard bred by David Wilson


Poll Female of the Year – Richmount 1 Fern bred by James Graham


Reserve Poll Female of the Year – Solpoll 1 Starlet J19 exhibited by A & A Armour


Pair of the Year – Sired by Panmure 1 Henry from J & W McMordie


Reserve Pair of the Year – Sired by Ballyaville Don from Mervyn Richmond

Award Winning Herefords On Show At Farm Walk And BBQ

Hereford enthusiasts across the province are being invited to the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association open evening and BBQ on August 23rd by kind permission of the Haire Family, Dundrod. The event starts at 4:30pm and will include a stock judging competition and show preparation/ring craft demonstration by noted stockman Andrew Hughes from Devon. The BBQ will see the presentation of the 2014 Herds Competition which is being judged by Mr Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords from Herefordshire – recently seen on BBCs Countryfile with Adam Henson.

The Haire Family run the Dorepoll Herd of pedigree Hereford cattle which has seen much success over their 40 years in the Breed. The herd has recently produced the UK Reserve Bull of the Year (2013), Dorepoll 1 499 Einstein owned by the Cameron Family in Scotland, and the UK Reserve Bull of the Year (2012) with Dorepoll 1 499 High Society owned by the Ayre Family in Devon.

The farm walk will be a great opportunity to view the stock which have produced these winners and to see the 2014 crop of calves. The Balmoral Show Champion from 2013, Dorepoll 1 102 L Sally will also be on display with her bull calf.

The growth in the breed over recent months, due in part to the growing demand for Hereford beef in several retail outlets across the UK and Northern Ireland, has seen the demand rise for quality bulls and cows and the Haire Family are no exception with Dorepoll bulls being sold to many high profile herds in England this year alone.

Everyone is welcome to the farm at 41 Divis Road, Dundrod, BT29 4UB at 4:30pm on the 23rd August and to help with catering arrangements tickets can be purchased from William Haire on 07725653233.


National Show 2014

Breeders are to be congratulated for putting on quite a show at the NI Hereford National event which took place at the picturesque setting of Gosford Forest Park at the weekend.

John Kemp travelled from Durham to place the 65 head strong entry, which was the biggest entry of any breed at Armagh Show.

Collecting the Supreme Championship ribbons was the 7 year old bull “Greenyards 1 Dougie” presented by Robin Irvine, Whitecross.  Selected as a yearling for the Graceland herd, this well made bull has had tremendous success being a former Sire of the Year.


Hot on his heels was the stylish “Craigy Honey Pie 2nd” from Dessie Martin, Saintfield who was awarded the Female Championship en route to Reserve Supreme. Born in September 2012 this is a daughter of Parkhill Pompeii and bred from the same dam as “Craigy Hank” who was the National Show Champion in 2012.

The Reserve Male Champion was “Solpoll 1 Klinsmann” from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan. This well made yearling bull is sired by Panmure 1 Henry.

Henry also sired the Calf Champion at this event. “Solpoll 1 Stella L2” was on her first outing at Armagh for the McMordie team and was winner of the NIHBA trophy.


Mervyn Richmond secured the Reserve Female Championship with his “Corraback Clover 4th. This quality maiden heifer is out of a homebred cow and sired by his stock bull “Ballyaville Don”.

The baby heifer calf class produced the Reserve Calf Champion from David Wilson, Magheraveely. “Lisrace Pretty Maid 19th”is a January 2014 born daughter of Lisrace Lifeliner.

The first class of the day saw a win for David Smyth with his cow and calf combination “Llancillo Hall Rosalinda 5th”.


The in calf heifer class was led by Alywn and Adam Armour with “Solpoll 1 Starlet J19” by Solpoll 1 Dynamite.

P & W Beatty securing the red ticket in the September to December bull calf class with “Tirelugan 1 George”.

“Lisrace Lifeguard” stood top of the line in the baby bull calf class for David Wilson.
The two year old bull class was won by John Conlon exhibiting “Drumatee Mack”,

Progeny of “Panmure 1 Henry” from the McMordies scooped both the top pair and group of three awards. They later went on to win the Interbreed Group of Three Competition.


Top young handler at the show was Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore who won the 8 – 12 year old class. Runner Up was Jack Wilson, Magheraveely, winner of the 12 – 18 year old class.

Sire of the Year 2013/14

The Hereford Sire of the Year has been announced for 2013-14. The award goes to the sire of the highest priced cattle at the three association sales in Northern Ireland.

Taking the award for the third time in four years was Solpoll 1 Dynamite from John & William McMordie’s Solpoll herd at Ballygowan, Co Down. Dynamite was one of the most successful show bulls in Northern Ireland, 3 times Balmoral Champion & twice Bull of the Year. His sons took the top price at the January & April sales and with a total of 34 sons sold from his owners herd he is having a big impact in both commercial and pedigree herds. He has also sired the top prices at Hereford and Carlisle Sales and most recently sired the Champion at Balmoral Show this year.

Balmoral Show 2014

Starlet turns heads in the Hereford ring at the Royal Ulster

Report by Libby Clarke   Photos by Alfie Shaw

All eyes were on the Hereford ring at last weeks Royal Ulster Balmoral Show with breeders pulling out all the stops to ensure that quality and quantity was the order of the day. Indeed the Hereford section was the largest of any of the cattle with a tremendous 77 head entered for NI’s flagship agricultural event.

Alwyn and Adam Armour will certainly mark the 2014 event at Balmoral Park as one to remember when they scooped the Supreme Champion with their very first Hereford from their recently established herd.  “Solpoll 1 Starlet J19” (pictured above right) was shown by Adam Armour and stood top of a magnificent line up of in-calf females earlier in the day, en route to securing the Female and then the Overall titles. This outstanding two year old heifer is a daughter of former three times RUAS Champion “Solpoll 1 Dynamite”, and was selected by the Armour family in a private sale from John & William McMordie.

Judge for the event was Andrew Owen, Church Preen Herefords who travelled from Shropshire to place the super entry.

Never far from the headlines is the Haire family from Dundrod who notched up the Reserve Supreme, Grand Male & Junior Champion ribbons with their homebred yearling bull “Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood” (pictured left). This greatly admired youngster has a pedigree packed with show accolades with his mother a former Junior Champion and grand dam a past Breed Champion. His sire is Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage who won the Senior Class at Balmoral this year. “Knighthood” was spotted by a breeder last week and will now head to England for pedigree use.

The Reserve Grand Female Champion came from the first class of the day, and was exhibited by John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore. Their eight year old cow “Knockmountagh Olga” has enjoyed a super show career and was shown with her calf at foot. She is sired by Churchill Storm, and is out of Knockmountagh Aileen. There were 10 cows forward in this class making it the largest Senior Female Class in the entire beef section.

Andrew McMordie celebrated success with his September 2012 born Solitude 1 Kingdom (pictured below left), a son of Gouldingpoll 1 Captain winning the Reserve Grand Male Championship. This red ticket winner represented a sole entry from Andrew’s Solitude herd based at Ballygowan and sold at the show to a local pedigree breeder.

“Craigy Honey Pie 2nd” was winner of the July – December 2012 born female class for Desmond Martin, Saintfield. This home bred heifer is sired by the highly successful Parkhill Pompeii and out of a Duibhgiolla dam.

John and William McMordie were winners in a strong class of yearling heifers with “Solpoll 1 Dainty K18”. This January 2013 born entry also secured the Reserve Junior Championship and is sired by their stock bull Panmure 1 Henry. This class winner teamed with Solpoll 1 Stardust K20 won the Best Progeny Pair class before being joined by Solpoll 1 Klinsmann to win the Group of Three award, all sired by “Henry”. The following day “Klinsmann” went on to win the Native Breed Beef Performance Class.

William Waugh, Linden Foods was on hand to congratulate the winners.


Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the Senior Bull Class


Solpoll 1 Dainty K18 was winner of the Junior Heifer Class

Solpoll 1 Klinsmann was winner of the Native Breed bull Performance Class

Hermes at Beef Expo

A Northern Ireland bred Hereford bull will take pride of place at the UK’s biggest festival of British Beef later this month. Richmount 1 Hermes from James Graham at Portadown will be displayed by the Hereford Cattle Society at the National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo 2014 at Hexham Mart.

Hermes is the current Northern Ireland Bull of the year and enjoyed a spectacular show season in 2013 before being sold to a leading pedigree herd in the North of England.

“This is a very high profile event and a great showcase for the Hereford breed” says James. “I’m delighted that Hermes has been selected to highlight the attributes of the modern Hereford. He demonstrates tremendous carcass traits and the natural easy fleshing so essential to profitable beef production and I have no doubt he will make a good impression on the many thousands of people who will visit the event. The Hereford exhibit will be of particular interest to beef producers given the level of enthusiasm for the breed from retailers at the moment. Sainsbury’s are the latest to select Hereford as their top quality brand, joining the Co-op, Waitrose, Morrison’s and Lidl”.

The Beef Expo brings together the cream of pedigree and commercial animals from 22 breed associations and hosts the National Spring Spectacular Show featuring 53 exhibitors and a record 140 entries. The event which takes place on the 21st and 22nd of May will also involve farm tours, demonstrations and commercial trade stands.


April Show & Sale 2014

Encouraging prices and a full clearance of Hereford bulls at Dungannon Mart.

The Champion and top price went to John and William McMordie from Ballygowan with Solpoll 1 Kingpin, a bull with a great set of EBV’s with both his Terminal and Self-replacing indexes in the top 10% for the Breed. This young bull sired by the famous Solpoll 1 Dynamite, sold for 3400gns to dairy farmer Alan Rutledge from Fintona, Co.Tyrone.
The McMordies also collected the second top price of 3100gns with Solpoll 1 Knockout at 14 months, the youngest bull in the sale. Knockout by Fisher 1 Charlie, their renowned easy calving former stock bull, sold to suckler farmer WH. McCabe of Muckamore, Co. Antrim.

The Reserve Championship went to Castlederg exhibitor Hunter Stewart with Thornbank 1 Jack. This two year old bull, also by Solpoll 1 Dynamite, has already got calves on the ground and was sold to Leslie Beggs from Beragh, Co.Tyrone.



Several of the bulls catalogued had already been sold before the Show & Sale and there were customers for more bulls.
Bulls averaged just shy of £3,000. The sale was kindly sponsored by SMP Concrete Products of Dungannon.



N.I.H.B.A Premier Sale 2014

Champion Lisrace Lancelot IV, Joint Top Price at 3300gns with David, Jack & Robbie Wilson and the sale sponsors

Above: Solpoll 1 Juggler, sold for the joint top price of 3300gns from John & William McMordie

Solpoll 1 Jubilee, Reserve Champion from John & William McMordie, with the sponsors from Dunbia & Danske Bank and judge Eric Humphreys

Sponsors and judge add their congratulations to John & Karen Taggart  with the first prize heifer Carney Hill 1 Emma 5th





The Champion Lisrace Lancelot IV, a superior carcase sire from David Wilson, Magheraveely, sold for the joint top price of the sale at 3300gns. Sired by Lisrace Lumberjack VII the reserve champion at Balmoral Show 2010 & 2011.

The second prizewinner to the champion Solpoll 1 Juggler also sold for 3300gns. Bred by John & William McMordie from Ballygowan. This young bull was sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite, the three times Balmoral Show Champion.

The Reserve Champion also from John & William McMordie was Solpoll 1 Jubilee selling 2700gns. This superior carcase sire is a heifer’s calf by Fisher 1 Charlie who has previously sired the top priced bulls at sales in Dungannon and Hereford.

 Norman McMordie and daughter Christa from Saintfield sold their River-Dale 1 Jasper, the heaviest bull in the sale, a Solpoll I Dynamite son for 2500gns.

Mrs P. McClenaghan from Holywood selling for the first time at a NIHBA sale, realised 2500gns for Brookfield 1 Indy by Greenyards 1 Dougie, the 2013 Sire of the Year.

The first prize heifer from John & Karen Taggart from Carrowdore sold for 2000gns. Carney Hill 1 Emma 5th is by their stock bull Carney Hill I Giggs.

The youngest heifer forward also sold for 2000gns. Solpoll I Stardust J12 is by Fisher 1 Charlie and was exhibited by John & William McMordie.

The bulls averaged £2790

And 3 heifers averaged £1995

 Thanks goes to the judge Eric Humphreys from Co. Monaghan and the sponsors Dunbia & Danske Bank.

The next NIHBA sale is on the 22nd April at Dungannon Mart