GVM Tullamore will play host to the sixth National Hereford Calf Show this Sunday (November 10th) from 10 am sharp.
This year’s event was launched at the National Ploughing Championships by the Irish Hereford Breed Society and the North Leinster Hereford Branch.
According to organisers, there are over 90 entries in total for this year’s calf show which will be kick-off with two young handlers' classes.
Farm Wardrobe has sponsored two dazzling belt buckles for the winners of the junior and senior young handlers’ competitions.
Amongst five female classes and five male classes, there is also a commercial Hereford-sired calf class, which carries prize money, and aims to promote the commercial viability of the breed.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Catherine Smyth of North Leinster Hereford Branch, said: “The calf show has gone from strength-to-strength each year, attracting exhibitors from all over the country, as well as spectators from the UK, and as far away as Denmark.”
As part of their preparation for the World Hereford Conference, the winners of this year’s New Zealand bursary competition will be on hand to assist breeders with washing, drying, clipping, grooming and leading calves.
Judge for this year’s event is Ms Non Thorne, who hails from the Studdolph Poll/Glenvale Poll & Ashdale British Polled herds in Pembrokeshire, UK. Non and her parents, George and Ionwy, have been breeding Herefords since 1946.
“She is no stranger to the show ring having won numerous accolades over the years including herd of the year,” Catherine explained.
“In July 2019, Non, had honour of judging the Hereford classes at the Finnish National Show and we look forward to welcoming the Thornes to Tullamore on Sunday.”
The North Leinster Branch acknowledged the support of its various sponsors; Farm Wardrobe, ABP, Animax, Dovea Genetics, Greenvale Animal Feeds, GVM Marts, Hereford Prime, Hugh Mulvihill Auctioneer, Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lakeland Dairies, Progressive Genetics & Slaney Meats.
“GVM Tullamore is the only place to be this Sunday for all Hereford enthusiasts,” Catherine concluded.
- Class 1: Young Handler - under 14 on the day of the show.
- Class 2: Young Handler - under 21 and over 14 on the day of the show.
- Class 3: Heifer calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.
- Class 4: Heifer calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.
- Class 5: Heifer calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.
- Class 6: Heifer calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.
- Class 7: Heifer calf of the future born from May 15th, 2019 onwards.
- Senior Female Champion – Classes 3 & 4.
- Junior Female Champion – Classes 5, 6 & 7.
- Overall Female Champion.
- Class 8: Commercial Hereford sired calf, male or female not weighing over 450kg on the day of show.
- (Prize money: 1st - €200 2nd - €120, 3rd - €80, 4th - €50, 5th - €50)
- Class 9: Bull calf born on or between 15th September & 14th November 2018.
- Class 10: Bull calf born on or between 15th November 2018 & 14th January 2019.
- Class 11: Bull calf born on or between 15th January & 14th March 2019.
- Class 12: Bull calf born on or between 15th March & 14th May 2019.
- Class 13: Bull calf of the future born from May 15th, 2019 onwards.
- Senior male champion – Classes 9 & 10.
- Junior male champion – Classes 11, 12 & 13.
- Overall male champion.
- Prizes for Young Handler’s classes – Trophy & Medals – no entry fee
Prizes for classes 3 - 7 & 9 - 13 as follows:
1st- €120, 2nd - €80, 3rd - €50, 4th - €25, 5th - €25. Entry fee: €12
All animals entered will be weighed on the morning of the show, Pedigree heifers in excess of 1.5kg/day + 40 kg birth weight and bulls in excess of 1.7 kg/day + 45 kg birth weight are not eligible for showing on the day.
Commercial calves over 450kgs on the day are not eligible for showing and must have HE or HEX on their Card.
Images provided by North Leinster Hereford Branch