GVM Show Arena, Co. Offaly is set to play host to the 4th National Hereford Calf show this Sunday 12th November.
Breed Stalwarts and new entrants have put forward a strong catalogue of 100 entries, across a total of eleven classes.
Traditionally the event was hosted on a Saturday, but the society are hopeful that the switch of date to Sunday will be more accommodating for attendees. Down through the years, the event has attracted breeders from Northern Ireland, the UK and continental Europe.
Proceedings are set to kick-off at 10am, with the judging of two Young Handler classes- Under 14 and 14-21 years category.
Local man Mr John Holloway of Gageboro Herefords Horseleap Moate Co Westmeath will take charge of the Young Handler
Judging duties for the pedigree calf classes will be left in the capable hands of
Mr Albert DeCogan, Castlemartyr, Co Cork.
Albert is a well-esteemed breeder of both Hereford and Aberdeen Angus, with his judging duties taking him to all corners of the island and indeed across the waters, to the U.K and Portugal.
Sky-rocking to success
Speaking with That’s Farming, Catherine Smyth of North Leinster Branch-Irish Hereford Society said:
"The event was established in 2014 by The North Leinster Hereford Branch and both numbers and competition has rocketed ever since. 2014 saw 8 hotly contested calf classes also as two exciting young handlers classes contested by up and coming Hereford enthusiasts. While in 2015 saw the introduction of the commercial calf class sired by a Hereford bull. Catherine said.
"This year saw the breed establish itself as one of the main breeds at many of the summer shows throughout the country and many of these prizewinners will be on show also as next year's show-stoppers making their debut. Last year's show was a renowning success as many private sales were made in the days following the event.” Catherine added.
This year’s event is organised by North Leinster Branch Members Robert Jones(Secretary), Niall Daly(chairman), Anselm Fitzgerald Joe O'Connor, William Brannigan, Hugh P Murray, Joe Deverell and Catherine Smyth.
Refreshments will be available on the day and entry is free of charge.
For more information see their website.