The video from Stephen Conroy of ICBF provides us with a comprehensive set of points on how to carry out a manual assessment of an animal that you believe is finished and ready for slaughter.
Carcase weight: 240kg to 380kg
Conformation: O= or better
Fat Score 2+ to 4+
A minimum bonus of 10 c/kg will apply to all qualifying Hereford and Hereford cross cattle. This minimum bonus will apply all year round with an additional conformation grade top-up that will apply as follows:
R- & R= +2c/kg on top of Irish Hereford Prime bonus
R+ grades: +4c/kg on top of Irish Hereford Prime bonus
U grades: + 6c/kg on top of Irish Hereford Prime bonus
O= & O+ 10c/kg
R- & R= 12c/kg
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For Procurement call Michael on 087-6888713 or for our Field Officer Tennyson call 083-8168824
Weigh up your options
All Irish Hereford Prime members have free access to our on-farm weighing service.
This will give you the opportunity to:
For more information on this service please contact Irish Hereford Prime Field Officer Tennyson on 083-8168824
Farm to Farm sales
We have been operating our farm to farm sales programme for a number of years. The concept is to source all ages of suitable Hereford cross cattle for Irish Hereford Prime members who are looking to rear and finish more HEX animals.• We view, weigh and photograph sellers Hereford cattle. We supply information to a list of accredited farmer buyers
The benefits seen by both buyers and sellers include:
Farm to farm has been extremely positive for both the buyer and the seller on a number of fronts with many who have availed of the service in the past doing so again. We hope to develop this service further and if you would like to buy or sell Hereford cattle off farm please contact us.
For more information on this service please contact our Procurement Officer Michael on 087-6888713
Pedigree Heifer Scheme
With the long-term development of the Hereford breed in mind, Irish Hereford Prime in conjunction with the Irish Hereford Breed Society, ABP and Kepak are encouraging pedigree Hereford breeders not to retain pedigree Hereford heifers that are unsuitable for future breeding.
How it works:
For example: a 300kg pedigree Hereford heifer getting paid 10c/kg standard bonus + 10c/kg additional pedigree bonus from the factory, and a 20c/kg Irish Hereford Prime top-up and the €45 registration refund which will total €165.