Home About us
PDF Print E-mail

The Balleen Herd

Founded in 1932

Owners Tom & Nuala Brennan & Family

The Balleen Herd was founded by the Grandfather of the present owner. Also called Tom his first purchase was a heifer Rosegold, bred by Vice Admiral A Craig Waller out of Red Rose by Shrine Courtier. Her first calf was Balleen Gold by Neuadd Scholar. For many years dairying was the main enterprise on the farm,

however Herefords still constituted a very important part of the overall farm management and output system.

The record of the Balleen Herd since its foundation is formidable. Firstly under the management of Toms' Grandfather then his late father Geoff and now with the assistance of his family the Balleen herd has produced a string of successes particularly on home ground in Kilkenny with regular Championships and top prices.

The Herd has also won coveted awards at Society sales including the Premier Sale at Roscommon. The National Hereford Show at Tullamore has also been a happy hunting ground with several awards including the National Bull Calf Championship and the National Heifer Calf Championship.

Tom has served as a member of the Society Council as its

Chairman and as President. He has served on various committees including the Breed Improvement Sub Committee representing

the purchasing panel in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Since his retirement from Council Tom has concentrated on his beef enterprise and the consolidation of his Hereford Herd.

With his knowledge of the beef business and experience of slaughtering animals produced in his beef enterprise he was in a position to provide a valuable insight into the beef business when he served  as a member of the Board of Irish Hereford Prime and for a time as its Chairman.


Premier sale Tullamore show, Oct 2011

The Balleen Herd of Tom Brennan, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny sold the top price bull Balleen Maker at 4,400 to Hereford Breeder Mr. John Conlon, Markethill, Co. Armagh. Maker is a five star bull in the top 99% of the bred for suckler beef value, weanling export, beef carcass and calving. He is sired by proven herd sire Gageboro Eugenic a son of Churchill Storm V583 the dam Balleen Maeve 3rd is by Balleen Tribute.

Balleen Harvey with Geoffrey Brennan, Balleen, Freshford, Co Kilkenny and Robert Powell of B & R Powell, Blean, Toomevara, Co Tipperary purchaser at 4,000

A further son of Gageboro Eugenic again from the Balleen herd of Tom Brennan, Balleen Harvey out of Balleen Emma 3rd by Balleen Breezer sold at 4,000 to Hereford breeders and dairy farmers Bobby an Robert Powell, Blean, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. Harvey is a five star bull in the top 97% of the breed for suckler beef value, weanling export, beef carcass, daughter fertility and calving.Eugenic was also the sire of the Champion at Kilkenny March, 2011, Roscommon October 2010 and Reserve Champion at Kilmallock in October 2010.

Local breeder Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford had a very successful day at the Kilkenny April bull sale averaging €3,085 for his three entries. Balleen Tucker the Champion by proven herd sire Gageboro Eugenic and out of Balleen Pride 4th a Balleen Tribute daughter sold at €3,500 This five star bull is in the top 6% of the breed for SBV and Carcass traits. Balleen Union by the same sire out of Balleen Patsy 33 sold at €2,950 while Balleen Blower also by Eugenic out of the homebred Pansy 33rd sold at €2,800. The Irish Hereford Society will conduct a sale of all yearling heifers at Balleen for Mr Brennan on Saturday July 28th next. The sale will feature some excellent prospects including 17 daughters of Eugenic.

Kilkenny man Tom Brennan never too far from the top honours exhibited the five star bulls Balleen Seth and Balleen Zoom both by his very succesful sire Gageboro Eugenic by Churchill Storm for €2,700 and €2,000 respectively. Seth was in the top 9% of the breed for SBV and the top 1% for beef carcass while Zoom stands in the top 2% of the breed for SBV, top 1% for weanling export and the top 3% for Beef Carcass.