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Online bonanza for top Hereford breeder

After six decades breeding Herefords, Meath farmer Val Ledwith is more convinced than ever of their merits for quality beef, reports Martin Ryan

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Virtual champion: Supreme Hereford Male Champion, Rathregan Bonanza

Virtual champion: Supreme Hereford Male Champion, Rathregan Bonanza

Virtual champion: Supreme Hereford Male Champion, Rathregan Bonanza

A  yearling Pedigree Hereford bull has carved an unusual niche is the history books of the breed after becoming the first ‘virtual’ Supreme Male Champion after being chosen by breeders nationwide in an online poll.

Although Rathregan Bonanza comes from a long line of quality genes built up over the past half century in Val Ledwith’s herd in Co Meath, his success was something of a surprise for his breeder.


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