For the last number of years the Irish Hereford Breed Society has held a very successful National Calf show in Tullamore, Co Offaly, but COVID-19 forced the calf show to move online this year.

The online show attracted over 100 entries, with 17 animals entered in one of the classes, and went down as a huge success with breeders.

This year’s judges were myself (Adam Woods), Robin Irvine (Graceland Herefords, NI) and Nigel Owens (international rugby referee and Hereford breeder, Wales).

Commenting on the quality of stock on display, Owens said: “The animals were a credit to the breeders and some of the classes proved very hard to select a winner from.

“It was an honour to be asked to judge and I hope that all breeders got something out of it in this very difficult year.”

Class winners

Once the judges chose the class winners, the winners from class one to eight were put forward for a public vote on the Hereford website to pick the champions.

Junior female champion Keenaghpol.

The judges then selected the supreme champions from the top four animals in the show.

Commenting on the online show, breed secretary Larry Feeney said: “We were delighted with how the show went and the society would also like to thank their generous sponsors, who kindly donated prizes despite this turbulent year and appreciate that without their kind support an event like this wouldn’t be possible.”


  • Moocall senior female champion – Grianan Orange U 877, born July 2019. Sired by Grianan Parkers, whose bloodlines go back to Churchill Storm. Bred by T and A Fitzgerald, Westmeath, and exhibited by Padraic McKenna of Lisgoagh Herefords, Monaghan.
  • Allsure junior female champion – Keenaghpoll 1 Rocket Roxy, Born February 2020. Sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid. Bred by Edwin and Robert Jones, Longford.
  • Herdwatch senior male champion – Rathregan Bonanza, born December 2019. Sired by Rathregan Suarez, whose bloodline goes back to Kilsunny Goliath. Bred by Val Ledwith, Meath.
  • Dectomax Junior Male Champion – Clondrinapoll 1 1327, born September 2020. Sired by Panmure 1 Henry. Bred by Gerard and Declan Donnelly, Clare.