Showtime for Hereford Stars of the Future

The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association is pleased to announce their first Online Virtual Calf Show kindly sponsored by United Feeds.

In absence of the normal Calf Show (which has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions) this event will showcase the depth of quality in the province’s Hereford herds.

The launch of the online show will take place on Saturday 5th September 2020 with judging taking place at the end of the month. 

It is open to all paid up members with prize money for all classes kindly sponsored by our sponsor partner, United Feeds.

The event will be judged by a panel of judges from across the world – selected for their experience in both breeding and judging at high profile international events. 

Entries are to be submitted by email by 8pm Fri 25th September 2020 . A full schedule can be viewed at 

Virtual Show Rules:

  1. Each exhibitor may only enter one exhibit per class.
  2. Entry is only open to fully paid up members of the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association – new members are always welcome.
  3. Entry is £5 in all classes. Entries will not be accepted unless in receipt of relevant entry fee by entry closing date. Entry fee can be paid by cheque or online payment can be arranged with treasurer Stephen Baxter contact
  4. Prize money will be £25 for 1st, £15 for 2nd and £10 for 3rd
  5. Entries must be made by email to entries will not be accepted in any other format.
  6. Each animal must be registered with the Hereford Cattle Society
  7. Entries close at 8pm on Friday 25th September 2020. No late entries will be accepted.
  8. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to take clear photos of each entry as stipulated in the class description. One front view (with full visibility of tags), one side profile and one rear view with animal shown in its entirety in each photograph. Any entry not adhering to this will not be considered eligible.
  9. By supplying images you are automatically agreeing that the images/video can be used by the NIHBA and will be in the public domain.
  10. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to read the requirements for each class before entering. You will not be able to submit an entry if the requisite number of images/files has not been uploaded.
  11. Email should state NIHBA Calf Show in title and class number entered. Please state name, DOB and tag number of the entry. Along side 3 required photographs.
  12. Professional show photographs will not be accepted. No persons or other identifiers (eg banners/farm name) should appear in the photo.
  13. All photos must be taken between 1st September 2020 and by closing date stated and should NOT have been previously released on websites or social media, nor can they be released until after the judging is completed.
  14. Animal must not be haltered but in a clean and presentable condition
  15. All eligible entries will be judged. Entries will be numbered and judged anonymously.
  16. The Judge’s decision is final.


  1. Hereford Heifer born between 1st January 2019 and 31 August 2019
  2. Hereford Heifer born between 1st September 2019 and 31 December 2019
  3. Hereford Heifer born from 1st January 2020 onwards
  4. Hereford Bull born between 1st January 2019 and 31 August 2019
  5. Hereford Bull born between 1st September 2019 and 31 December 2019
  6. Hereford Bull born from 1st January 2020 onwards

Solpoll takes the lead at Premier

Judge William Smith with his Champion Solpoll 1 Rambo and owner William McModie

As storm Ciara brought the worst days weather of the winter so far it coincided with the NIHBA Premier Show and Sale at Dungannon Livestock Mart on Tuesday 11thFebruary with 29 bulls and 3 females entered.

NIHBA Premier Sale Champion Solpoll 1 Rambo from John and William McMordie.

Judge for the day was William Smith Co Meath of the well renowned Millbrook Limousin herd & former Hereford breeder, his choice for Champion was John & William McMordie’s Solpoll 1 Rambo a 22 month old son of Moeskaer Upgrade with a Panmure 1 Henry sired dam, he was bred the same way as December Champion & Top Priced bull. Backed by exceptional figures and after spirited bidding from suckler and dairy farmers in the sale ring he was knocked down to Nigel Patterson for his Mullantine pedigree herd, Portadown at 4500gns.

Solpoll 1 Real Thing was sold at 3000 gns to local suckler farmer.

Taking the days second top price was the 3000gns Solpoll 1 Real Thing, again from John & William McMordie. A 23 month son of NBG The Wonderer,he had previously stood Male Champion at last years Balmoral Show and was knocked down to Lurgan based suckler farmers, Felix, John & Jack McStavick.

Drumatee Rocket from John Conlon, Markethill who will be joining the HighHouse Pedigree herd of JR Whitlow.

JR Whitlow, Worcester purchased the days next highest priced bull in the shape of the 2500gns Drumatee Rocket to join the HighHouse herd. 22 month old Rocket was sired by Cill Cormaic Nevada winner of the best stockbull in the herds competition for the last 2 years for John Conlon’s herd.

Class winner Brookfield 1 Superstar from Roy & Pat McClenaghan. Holywood.

1st prize winner in the last bull class was Brookfield 1 Superstar from Roy & Pat McClenaghan. This 18 month old Normanton 1 Laertes son had several figures in the Top 5% of the breed and sold for 2300gns to David Hamilton Rathfriland. 

Selling at the same price was the youngest bull in the sale the 16 month old Thornbank 1 Superman. A son of previous sale winner and top price bull Thornbank 1 Mightyman from Hunter Stewart he sold to join MH Farms, Comber.

Fingerpost AR Grace from Adrian and Sandra Irvine Trillick.

Joining Superman in Comber was the 1st prizewinning Female from Adrian & Sandra Irvine. This 17 month old maiden heifer Fingerpost AR Grace, sired by the imported Allowdale Rambo she sold for 2100gns.

Judge William Smith assesses another strong class of Bulls brought before him.

Bulls sold to average £2567, the next sale will be on Tuesday 21st April when there will be another strong offering of bulls at Dungannon Farmers Market.

Rampage Takes Top Spot

Solpoll 1 Rampage Male Champion and Sale Topper at NIHBA December Sale from John and William Mcmordie, Ballygowan.

The December Show and Sale of Herefords at the recent Native Breeds sale in Dungannon attracted a small, but high quality line-up with a number of entries having been sold prior to the sale. 

Judge Libby Clarke’s choice of champion  topped the sale in the shape of John & William McMordie’s Solpoll 1 Rampage. 

Boasting Top 5% figures for both terminal and maternal indexes Rampages performance records earned him “ Superior Carcase Sire” status. 

This April 2018 born son of Moeskaer Upgrade and by the Panmure 1 Henry daughter Solpoll 1 Dainty M15 sold for 3400gns.

Solpoll 1 Real Deal Reserve Male Champion from John and William McMordie.

The Reserve Champion also came from the Solpoll herd with the January born Solpoll 1 Real Deal, this time sired by Moeskaer Salute and from Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 (another Henry daughter) selling for 3100gns.

Overall an average price of £2520 was recorded for all bulls sold.

Female Champion and Top Price Female at NIHBA Sale was Black Water Ruby from Nigel Heatrick. 

The Female Champion, Black Water Ruby was exhibited by Nigel Heatrick. 

Born in July 2017, this stylish Clondrina 1110th daughter, incalf to Clooncullane Major sold for 2300gns and joins Glenn Morton’s Nancy herd of pedigree Herefords in County Armagh

Judge Libby Clarke casts her expert eye over another Strong Class of Bulls.


Hereford National Show Champion Carney Hill Gillian 6th exhibited by John and Karen Taggart, Carrowdore. Pictured with Judge Des Kelly, Ballygawley Co. Tyrone

It was a memorable National Show for Co Down breeders John & Karen Taggart when they scooped their first National Show Supreme Champion with their 27 month old heifer Carney Hill 1 Gillian 6th. Both her sire and dam were homebred, with the sire Carney Hill 1 Jackson also siring the Reserve Male Champion, Carney Hill 1 Ribeye, a May 2018 born bull who had earlier won the Yearling Bull class.

Carney Hill 1 Ribeye Reserve Male Champion for the Taggart Family

Not done there the family also won the cow class with their 6 year old homebred Carney Hill 1 Olga sired by Carney Hill 1 Giggs  she was shown with her 4 month old bull calf at foot.

Richmount 1 Rockafella Reserve Supreme and Male Champion for James Graham, Portadown

In Reserve Supreme stood the Male Champion, Richmount 1 Rockafella a September 2017 bull, sired by Grousehall 1 Premier and Richmount 1 Lady Gaga, the Female Champion at 2011 Balmoral Show from James Graham Co Armagh. The Graham family also lifted the Calf Championship with another Premier son, Richmount 1 Skyfall, born in September 2018, these pair formed part of the winning exhibitor bred group of 3. 

Calf Champion Richmount 1 Skyfall with Owner James Graham and Judge Des Kelly

Alan Shaw and Family from Benburb exhibited the Reserve Female Champion Shraden 1 Alice R834

The Reserve Female Championship was won by the 22 month old Shraden 1 Alice R834. Shown by Alan Shaw, Dungannon.This Dendor 1 Knuckleduster daughter was tapped out by Judge, Des Kelly of Mullin Herefords at Ballygawley.

Henry Richmond, Derrylin with his Junior Female Champion Corraback Olive 10th

The Junior Female Champion came from the youngest heifer class, taking the top spot was Mervyn & Henry Richmond from Co Fermanagh with Corraback Olive 10th. Born in March 2018 she was sired by the 2012 RoyalUlster winner Kye Rodge and teamed up with another Rodge daughter to win the progeny pair class. Taking Reserve Junior Female Champion was the January 2018 born Riverdale 1 Dainty’s Reka a daughter of Moeskaer Pacman from the McMordie Family, Saintfield. 

The McMordie Family exhibited the Reserve Junior Female Champion Riverdale 1 Dainty’s Reka

The youngest animal at the show came top in the young bull calf class. Annaghbeg Governor, a May born Mara Pristine son whose dam earlier stood second in the cow class, made the journey from Aughnacloy worthwhile for Mark Moore.

Annaghbeg Governor from M&L Moore, Aughnacloy First in the youngest Bull Class

The heifer calf classes were keenly contested with October 2018 born, Drumnamether 1 Nancy, sired by Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy winning the senior class for the Cully family while Lisnaree 1 Sundae, sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and born in April 2018 took the Junior Class before going on to lift the Reserve Calf Champion for Marcus Murdock.

Drumnamether 1 Nancy from PJ Cully, Tandragee

Marcus Murdock with Lisnaree 1 Sundae who took the youngest Heifer class

Richmount Herefords winning group of three all sired by Grousehall 1 Premier

Winner of the cow class Carney Hill 1 Olga for John and Karen Taggart Carrowdore

Judge, Des Kelly of Mullin Herefords compares notes with his wife Colette at the ringside.

Class Results

Supreme & Female Champion:                                  Carney Hill 1 Gillian, J Taggart

Male Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion:   Richmount 1 Rockafella, J Graham

Reserve Female Champion:                                          Shraden 1 Alice R834, A Shaw

Reserve Male Champion:                                             Carney Hill 1 Ribeye, J Taggart

Calf Champion:                                                               Richmount 1 Skyfall, J Graham

Reserve Calf Champion:                                               Lisnaree 1 Sundae, M Murdock




Cow born before31st December 2016

1. Carney Hill 1 Olga –  J Taggart

2. Balleen Pansy –        M Moore

3. Lisnaree 1 Nora      M Murdock

4. Graceland 1 Nicola – N Shaw


Heifer born between 1st Jan 2017 & 30th June 2017

1. CarneyHill 1 Gillian –    J & K Taggart

2. Richmount 1 Poppy –   J Graham


Heifer born between 1st July and 31st December 2017

1. Shraden 1 Alice R834        A Shaw

2. Corraback Cherry 10th –    M Richmond

3. Richmount 1 Ruby Royale  J Graham


Heifer born between 1st January 2018 and 31st August 2018

1 Corraback Olive 10th                 M Richmond

2. River-Dale 1 Daintys Reka –      McMordie Family

3. Lisnaree 1 Ruby  –                       M Murdock

4. Richmount 1 Lady Rosemunde – J Graham


Heifer calf born between  1st September 2018 and 31st December 2018

1. Drumnamether  1 Nancy  – P Cully

2.  Annaghbeg  Flair  –   M Moore


Heifer calf born between  1st January 2019

1. Lisnaree 1 Sundae –    M Murdock

2. Sessiagh 1 Skye          N Shaw

3. Lisnaree 1 Spice Girl  M Murdock


Bull born between 1st April and 31st December 2017

1. Richmount 1 Rockafella – J Graham



Bull born after 1st January 2018

1. Carney Hill 1 Ribeye          J Taggart

2. Annaghbeg 1 Ferdinand  M Moore

3. Annaghbeg Fernando –     M Moore

4. Drumnamether 1 Nelson  P Cully



Bull calf born between  1st September 2018 and 31st December 2018

1. Richmount 1 Skyfall, –  J Graham

2.  Sessiagh 1 Storm, –     N Shaw


Bull calf born between  1st January 2019

1. Annaghbeg Governor, –  M Moore

2. Carney Hill 1 Sexton, –     J Taggart


Group of 3

1. J Graham

2. M Moore


Progeny Pair

1. M Richmond

2. J Graham

3. J Graham


Young Handlers 12-18

1. Gemma McCorry

2. Jamie Bunting

3. Nathaniel Shaw


Hereford steaks are consistently top of the league in the taste test competitions.

Following on the success of the Hereford entry in the Good Housekeeping magazine’s best steak for Valentine’s Day survey the latest Which food guide again put the Hereford products ahead of all the premium brands offered through the major retailers.

Both overall winner and runner up awards were the product of dedicated Hereford supply chains traceable to registered pedigree sires and meeting the highest production standards.

Recommended as the best buy by the judging panel was the Waitrose 30 day dry aged Hereford sirloin. While this was one of the more expensive offerings it was worth every penny – it was the best looking steak on the shelf and the eating experience lived up to the promise. It was thick and easy to cook with a good covering of fat which gives the steak a rich well-balanced flavour.

Coming a very close second was the Co op’s 28 day aged Irresistible Hereford steak supplied through Dunbia. The judges found the irresistible claim to be well earned with an excellent appearance in the pack, a wonderful aroma when cooking with great colour and deliciously caramelised fat. The taste was robust and juicy, fully living up to its fantastic appearance and representing great value for money”.

The Hereford is currently the “brand in demand” as consumers recognise the quality and consistency which has become the breeds trademark according to a local Hereford breeders spokesman. 

The reputation of the brand is reflected in demand for the product and in the price consumers are prepared to pay. This is a profit opportunity for local farmers and Northern Irelands beef producers are currently earning around £1 million per annum in the additional premiums paid for Hereford sired cattle.


Corraback is the Cherry on Top

Judge George Thorn from Pembrokeshire, Wales with the Supreme Champion Corraback Cherry 10th and owner Henry Richmond from Derrylin

It was ladies to the fore at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show under judge George Thorne from Pembrokeshire in Wales. Taking their first breed championship at the event  Mervyn & Henry Richmond from Co Fermanagh with their homebred heifer Corraback Cherry 10th. Born in October 2017 she was sired by the 2012 Royal Ulster winner Kye Rodge with her dam Corraback Cherry 7th who was sired by Mara Flook who also sired the 2018 National Hereford Show Champion.

Supreme Champion Corraback Cherry 10th sired by Kye Rodge

In Reserve Supreme stood the runner up to Cherry in the Female Championship, January 2017 Richmount 1 Poppy from James Graham Co Armagh. She is sired by Grousehall 1 Premier and out of a Barbern 1 Gargantuan daughter Richmount 1 Laura.

Richmount 1 Poppy Reserve Supreme Champion from James Graham Pordadown

Richmount 1 Rockafella Reserve Male Champion exhibited by James Graham

Not finished there for the Graham Family, the Reserve Male Champion was Richmount 1 Rockafella a September 2017 born Premier son out of Richmont 1 Lady Gaga, the Female Champion at 2011 Balmoral Show. 

Male Champion Solpol 1 Real Thing from John & William McMordie Ballygowan

The Male Championship was won by the 13 month old Solpoll 1 Real Thing, out of the Panmure 1 Henry daughter Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 his sire is NBG The Wonderer from John & William McMordie Co Down. He also went on to be part of the first place Group of 3 from the one exhibitor.

Winner of the first class of the day Carney Hill 1 Olga with her bull calf at foot exhibited by John & Karen Taggert Co. Down

John & Karen Taggart Co Down won the cow class with their 6 year old homebred Carney Hill 1 Olga sired by Carney Hill 1 Giggs, she was shown with her 2 month old bull calf at foot.

Kye Holly Junior Champion from Tommy Staunton Co. Galway

Winner of the Junior Championship and youngest heifer class was Kye Holly from Tommy Staunton, Co Galway. A January 2018 born Free Town Hotspur daughter she had previously stood Female Champion at the Irish Calf Show.

Richmount 1 Ruby Royal Royal with handler Bradley Graham

Later in the week during the Interbreed classes James Graham’s Richmount 1 Ruby Royale won the Native Interbreed Performance Class. 

The Champion Corraback Cherry 10th also teamed up with Richmount 1 Rockafella to take reserve in the Native interbreed Pairs Class.  Which topped of a strong showing for the Hereford breed at this years show.

Class Results

Supreme & Female Champion: Corraback Cherry 10th, M Richmond

Reserve & Reserve Female Supreme Champion: Richmount 1 Poppy, J Graham 

Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Real Deal, J & W McMordie

Reserve Male Champion: Richmount 1 Rockafella, J Graham

Junior Champion: Kye Holly, T Staunton 


Cow born before31st December 2016

1. Carney Hill 1 Olga – J Taggart

2. Hockleypoll 1 Amelia – Leader Family

3. Richmount 1 Lola Rose – J Graham

4. Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim – JE, RI & W Haire


Heifer born between 1st Jan 2017 & 30th June 2017

1. Richmount 1 Poppy – J Graham

2. Dorepoll 1 Sally 611 – JE, RI & W Haire

3. CarneyHill 1 Gillian – J & K Taggart

4. Hockleypoll 1 Evie – Leader Family


Heifer born between 1st July and 31st December 2017

1. Corraback Cherry 10th – M Richmond

2. Lusky 1 Rita – J Gill

3. Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim 662 – JE, RI & W Haire

4. Lusky 1 Regina – J Gill


Heifer born after 1st January 2018

1 Kye Holly – T Staunton

2. River-Dale 1 Daintys Reka – McMordie Family

3. Richmount 1 Lady Rosemunde – J Graham

4. Dorepoll 1 Duchess 663 – JE, RI & W Haire


Bull born between 1st April and 31st December 2017

1. Richmount 1 Rockafella – J Graham

2. Dorepoll 1 Perfection – JE, RI & W Haire

3. Richmount 1 Red Rock – J Graham

4. Hockleypoll 1 Amigo – Leader Family


Bull born after 1st January 2018

1. Solpoll 1 Real Thing – J & W McMordie

2. Solpoll 1 Royalty – J & W McMordie

3. Drumgold 1 Finn – P Collins

4. Corraback Machine – M Richmond


Group of 3

1. J & W McMordie

2. M Richmond

3. J Graham

4. J Gill


Progeny Pair

1. M Richmond

2. J & W McMordie

3. J Graham

4. J Graham

Herefords to 2,900 guineas in Dungannon

Allen Short with the Hereford Champion and owner Hunter Stewart are congratulated by Emma Nelson and Eddie Boyd from Dunbia and Hereford Association Chairman, Adrian Irvine.

Hereford bulls sold to 2,900 guineas and an average of £2,450 at last week’s Native Breeds Sale in Dungannon Farmers Mart.

Thornbank 1 Real Deal took the Supreme Championship at the Hereford Spring Show and Sale for Hunter Stewart.

Taking the Championship and the top price was Thornbank 1 Real Deal consigned by Hunter Stewart from Castlederg. This well balanced son of Solpoll 1 Dynamite had the scale and power to match up to his strong EBV’s for growth and muscle – and follows on the footsteps of his full brother who also took the Championship and top price at this event in 2017. 

Reserve Champion, Richmount 1 Rory exhibited by Bradley Graham from Portadown

The reserve champion from James Graham also featured among the top prices. This muscular son of Grousehall 1 Premier attracted considerable interest from the packed gallery – going on to sell for 2,600 guineas.

Buyers were showing a preference for big strong bulls to go straight to work and the entries from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd also seemed to fit the bill. Graceland 1 Prince and Graceland 1 Prophet, rising two year old sons of Fisher 1 Jubilee both sold for 2,700 guineas to local dairy farmers.

Lisrace Loyalist 18th from the Wilson family from Magheraveely was another to find favour with the bidders – selling for 2,500 guineas.

The only female on offer – Corraback Guinevere, an attractive young heifer by Kye Rodge was sold at 2,200 guineas for Mervyn and Henry Richmond from Derrylin.

Watching from the ringside at the Hereford sale were Emma Nelson and Eddie Boyd from Dunbia.

Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association chairman, Adrian Irvine was very satisfied with the event. “Our offeringwas considerably reduced as many of the entries had found new homes prior to the sale but we are pleased to see 11 bulls selling to a respectable average of £2,450 and we very much appreciate the support of Dunbia in running this event” said Adrian.




Hereford success in Co Tyrone

Kenny Linton, Hereford Scheme manager with Dunbia, Stephen Baxter president of the Hereford Breeders Association and Anna Elakey from Dunbia discuss beef grading results        Paul McAleese on his farm near Coagh in Co Tyrone.

Hereford genetics have been the basis of a successful beef enterprise on a leading Holstein dairy herd in Co Tyrone. The father and son partnership owned by Bertie and Paul McAleese near Coagh runs 350 cows producing an average of 9,500 litres per annum on a twice a day milking regime.

“We are looking to further develop the output from the herd and are working on the installation of robot milkers with the aim of taking our average over the 10,000 litre mark” says Paul.

The breeding policy revolves around the use of sexed semen on selected cows – with each cow inseminated twice to the Holstein before switching to a beef bull. All cows are inseminated while indoors using both beef and dairy semen with a sweeper bull introduced when they go to grass.

For the last 5 years a Hereford bull has been used in the sweeper role and the quality of his progeny has made a significant difference to the performance of our beef enterprise.

Graceland 1 Horace, now 8 years of age, has produced high quality beef carcasses from Holstein cows for Paul and Bertie McAleese.

We rear all the Hereford sired calves on a grass based system and market them through the Dunbia Hereford Scheme which supplies the Co-op. We bought our current bull back in 2013 and were impressed with his conformation and easy fleshing when we first saw him. He is transmitting these qualities to his progeny – the calves are born easily without supervision and they grow quickly into good quality carcasses without a lot of feed required” says Paul.

We aim to rear the calves well for the first 4 months to give them a good start and they receive 2.5 kgs of meal per day from 4 months to turn-out. They are then allowed to grow out naturally and develop a good frame on grass before a finishing period of around 3 months on more intensive feeding. We find the cattle respond very quickly when we start to feed them – you need to be careful at this stage not to put on too much condition” says Paul.

The 58 cattle (both steers and heifer) killed from the Mc Aleese farm over the past year averaged 383 kgs deadweight at 22 months of age, producing O+ and R grades at fat class 3+ and 4. 

We have been very pleased with what the Hereford has produced for us and have collected semen from the bull on two occasions to give us a bank of semen in store that ensures we can continue to use him for a few more years.”

Kenny Linton, Hereford Scheme manager with Dunbia is delighted with the quality of the cattle offered. “Good quality crosses from the dairy herd provide us with the type of carcass we need in terms of delivering the right cuts and portion size for the retail pack. The McAleese’s are foundation members of our Co-op supply group and are consistently suppling us with what we need to develop strong trading relationships with our retail customers”.

Hereford beef scheme supplier, Paul McAleese (second right) with Kenny Linton, Dunbia, Stephen Baxter, NI Hereford Breeders Association, and Anna Elakey, Dunbia.

Hereford Spring Sale.

A strong offering of Hereford bulls has been catalogued for the Spring Show and Sale of Hereford bulls scheduled for Tuesday 23rd Aprilin Dungannon Farmers Mart. 

The entry of 30 bulls includes a number of well grown two year olds, ready to go straight to work in either beef or dairy herds. 

All will have undergone a pre-sale veterinary inspection and many are supported by estimated breeding values which will help guide buyers as to the performance of their progeny.

Several Superior Carcass Sires are included in the line-up and these will be eligible for a cash-back incentive of up to £500 from the Hereford Cattle Society.


A new incentive to be introduced at this sale for the first time  comes in the form of a commission free bonus to purchasers of bulls selling for more than 3,000 guineas. 

The purchasers of these animals will pay for the animal in pounds rather than guineas while the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association will fund the difference.

Further details and catalogues are available from Dungannon Farmers Mart at 028 8772 2727. Catalogues can be viewed on the online sales section on the  Hereford Society website.


Herefords ‘Power’ to 5,100 Guineas

Solpoll 1 Powerhouse from John and William Mc Mordie sold for 5,100 guineas at the Hereford Association’s Premier Show and Sale in Dungannon.

Hereford bulls topped the trade at last weeks Native Breeds sale in Dungannon. The top call of 5,100 guineas was paid for Solpoll 1 Powerhouse from father and son partnership, William and John Mc Mordie from Ballygowan. Sired by the Danish born Moeskar Mentos, Powerhouse boasted outstanding performance figures for both growth and muscle and is eligible for the Superior Carcass Sire incentive funded by the Hereford Cattle Society. He joins a newly established suckler beef enterprise in Co Londonderry.

Annaghbeg Eli sold for 3,500 guineas for Mark Moore from Aughnacloy.

It was a good day at the office for Mark and Lawrence Moore from Aughnacloy – selling at 3,500 guineas for Annaghbeg Eli – a well-muscled son of Guteragh Gladiator.

The Supreme Champion at the Premier Show and Sale of Hereford bulls was exhibited by Henry Richmond and went on to sell for 3,000 guineas.

Pick of the bunch for judge Michael Molloy was Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback Lenny who took the red rosette in the intermediate class before going on to win the Supreme Championship. This is another good son of the very successful Mara Flook and he was much admired when displayed on the Hereford Breeders stand at the recent RUAS Winter Fair. He sold for 3,000 guineas.

Jack Wilson with his the overall reserve champion Lisrace Lumberjack 21st, selling for 2,900 guineas.

Stars of televisions Rare Breed, David Wilson and sons Jack and Robbie were among the successful sellers making 2,900 for their reserve champion Lisrace Lumberjack 21st  – a stylish bull with strong EBV’s for growth rate and calving ease while Lisrace Loyalist 19th  for the same herd sold for 2,600 guineas.

The average price for 11 bulls sold was a healthy £2,825. Hereford Association chairman Adrian Irvine was delighted with the demand – “I think we had a lot of good bulls on offer with power and quality and this is reflected in the prices with both top price and the average significantly better than last year”. “ We’ll be back with another strong line-up on 23rd April for the Association’s Spring Show and Sale said Adrian”.

Hereford judge Michael Molloy ponders on another difficult decisions at the Native Breeds Sale in Dungannon.