Glenn Jacob, Dunsinane, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford has taken up office as President of the Irish Hereford Breed Society. A member of the Society’s council he is also a director of Irish Hereford Prime Ltd and is chairman of his local South Leinster Hereford regional branch for the past five years.
On his election to President of the Society, Mr Jacob spoke at length on the merits of today’s Hereford and the important contribution the breed has made to Irish farm profits.
“As a herd sire in the dairy or suckler herd, the breed has few rivals for ease of calving, docility, fertility and the ability to produce profitable beef with moderate inputs,” he explained, adding that the Hereford also held the ideal carcass size and fitted the specification of supermarkets and butchers.
“The Hereford cross dam is a supreme calf production machine with significant benefits in calving due to adequate pelvic size, handling and farmer safety due to docility. It also has a proven record of reliability, milk and fertility.”
He also spoke of his enthusiasm for the future of the breed, “The demand this year from both dairy and suckler herds has been excellent resulting in possibly the best clearance of bulls seen in recent times.” The new Vice President of the Society is Mr Timmy O’Sullivan, Aghane Cross, Brosna, Co Kerry.