Why Join?

We provide support and advise our members through a shared knowledge and understanding.

We work with our members to raise healthy, premium animals.

Members of Irish Hereford Prime have access to a number of exclusive benefits to help you to produce the best cuts of beef.

Member Benefits

Irish Hereford Prime assists members with everything from managing soil and grass to monitoring daily weight gains and sourcing new Hereford sires. Information and insights on the latest research into Hereford genetics and animal welfare is also shared regularly.

Farm to farm sales program

Looking to rear and finish more Hereford cross animals? We view, weigh and photograph sellers Hereford cattle and supply information to a list of accredited farmer buyers.

  • Get premium prices by meeting the required specifications

  • Good insight for buyer into the type of cattle on offer

  • Less time spent buying or selling as only suitable cattle are viewed

  • Less stress and weight loss on animal

  • A greater level of trust for the seller than other farm to farm sales types

  • Lower cost – avoid high commission and weighing charges

On farm weighing service

Access to our on-farm weighing service will allow you to get the best return on your herd

  • Get premium prices by meeting the required specifications

  • Spot any health or performance issues and provide information on the effective administering of anthelmintics

  • Get information on daily weight gain and grass quality, helping you make better grass management decisions

  • Monitor stock over a number of seasons to help make better farm management decisions

  • Better judge the appropriate time to sell an animal

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.

  • The Irish Hereford Breed Society will refund the heifers registration fee

  • ABP and Kepak will pay an additional 10c/kg on top of the Hereford bonus being paid on the day

  • Irish Hereford Prime will match the total bonus paid for that heifer

Apply for Membership

For more information on the qualifying criteria required to become a member of Irish Hereford Prime plus application forms, click the relevant button below. 
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Tom Barry

Tom Barry’s family farm is Baytown Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath. He is the third generation on the farm taking over from his late father, Thomas Barry in 2008 and keeps Hereford cross suckler cows as well as pedigree Hereford cows. Herefords are such a docile breed and as a part time farmer, with teenagers helping around the farm, it’s important to have a breed that’s easy to look after and handle. Tom’s farm is in the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) for the past 5 years, where frequently taking soil samples and the completion of a nutrient management plan are required.