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Introducing the National Hereford Show judges: Gary McKiernan

Our final judge's introduction is Ireland's Gary McKiernan. He tells us about his own herd and what he looks for in the ring.


Gary McKiernan runs the Corlismore herd in Cavan, Ireland, in partnership with father Sean and wife Evelyn. The herd was established in 1939 and consists of 55 pedigree cows, 40 of which are Herefords, equally split horned and poll. The rest of herd is Angus, Charolais and Simmental.

Gary explains: "Our first stock bull was bought in 1969. He won the RDS championship and his highlight came in 1973 when he sired six first prize winners at the RDS.

"In 2000 Knockmountagh Caesar was purchased, and was champion at the Roscommon premier sale. Corlismore Pompeii by Yaramm Pompeii also made a massive impact and his first son made 4,200 euros."

One bull that set the Corlismore herd apart was Grianan Firecracker, purchased in 2007 for 10,000 euros. It won the Beef Expo in 2008 and the Irish National Hereford Show in 2011. Firecracker went on to breed a number of high priced animals and show champions.

The latest sire to join the Corlismore herd is Shiloh Farm Dynamite in 2017. It has produced the goods on the show circuit for the family with eight championships and four interbreeds in 2017 as well as the Irish National Show championship.

He says: "We won the Irish National Show in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2018. We have had success at the Irish National Calf Show, including winning female champion in 2015 and male champion in 2015 and 2017. We bred the Irish National female champion in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2016 and 2017 and the male champion in 2012.

"When choosing stock we look for shape, style, colour and the pedigree. We place great emphasis on cow families and bloodlines. We look at the animal that is standing in front of us."