Herefords Head for Omagh Mart; Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association

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Herefords Head for Omagh Mart; Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association


MONDAY, April 14, is the date to note for farmers looking for the ideal crossing bull for either beef or dairy herds.

Twenty-one Hereford bulls have been entered for this year's spring sale run by the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association and Omagh Auction Mart is again the venue.

"This is the largest entry of bulls we have seen for a few years and is a measure of the renewed interest in the breed,'' says Ivan Haire, secretary of the association.

"The success of the January sale where new records were set for both top price and overall average was very encouraging and breeders have responded with another good entry for this sale."

The largest consignment will come from John Mc Mordies Solpoll herd with 6 entries while Robin Irvine of Ballymoyer Herefords and David Wilsons Lisrace herd are both consigning 3 bulls.

Over two thirds of the bulls on offer are Signet recorded and it is anticipated that a good number will be eligible for the Beef Quality Initiatives Superior bull or Elite bull status.

Hereford bulls are enjoying a growing popularity right across the United Kingdom according to a spokesman for the breed society.

Beef farmers of all sizes and with different systems are finding that the qualities of the modern Hereford make for profitable and efficient production.

Scotland

John Cameron, Vice President of the Hereford Society and wife Margaret from Fife in Scotland combine a pedigree Hereford herd with a large scale commercial suckler operation.

A team of Hereford bulls are used on the Camerons 600 cow herd of Luing cross Simmental females on their hill farm in Perthshire.

Cows are run in groups of 30 to 40 on a low costs extensive management system. All progeny are finished on the Camerons lowland farms in Fife and marketed through the Dovecote Park Hereford beef scheme. …

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