West Cork breeder Pat McCarthy has taken over as president of the Irish Hereford Society
Pat McCarthy is a small-scale pedigree breeder but that hasn't prevented him becoming president of the Irish Hereford Breed Society.
"I suppose you could say that it is democracy," says the West Cork man who has spent a lifetime handling and managing livestock within the region where he grew up on a traditional, "mostly Shorthorn" farm.
Pat's appointment as top man in the Irish Hereford Breed Society is recognition of his commitment to the development of the breed in the Munster area over the 25 years since he purchased his first pedigree white head animal.
The 'Bearnagaoithe Herd', founded in 1991, was built on female lines from such established herds as 'Coolbueclan', 'Skehanore', 'Carrigroe', and 'Drisheen'. Within two years Pat was to the fore in establishing the West Cork Hereford Club which has had a big impact on the promotion of the breed throughout the south west.
"I wasn't an officer at the start but I was there the very first night the breeders met to organise the west Cork club," says Pat who has served both as its Secretary and as its Chairman.
He has been succeeded by his son, Patrick, who has also served as secretary of the Club and the Club's organising committee when they hosted an excellent Hereford cattle show at Clonakilty for the visit of the European Hereford Conference tour in 2005.
"For the best years of my life I was manager of the mart at Skibbereen and then the mart at Bandon over a period of 32 years," says Pat, a native of Bantry, who moved to Ballymore, Bandon following his appointment to management at the nearby Bandon Mart, part of the Cork Marts Group.
While manager at Bandon he was responsible, with then local council member Frank Appelbe, in initiating the now annual and very successful Bandon Hereford bull show and sale.