There was a steady selling trade at Tullow Mart’s Show & Sale of Beef & Store Heifers & Cows on Friday (February 1st), according to Eric Driver – Manager.
“A snowy and frosty start to our Female Show and Sale but thankfully, the trade warmed up from the word go.”
“A steady selling trade for all cows and heifers presented; however, maybe not all out as sharp as the bullock sale the previous Friday.” The manager added.
The lighter FR-type cull cows sold from €1 per kg up to €200 with the kg for fleshed-type FRs, while finished heavy-types FR cows climbed to €400 with the kg.
Young continental cows made from €250 to €500 with the kg with some aged continentals selling from €150 with the kg, while heavier continentals climbed to €800 to €950 with the kg.
1 cow - 815kg - €1540 with some exceptional BB-type cows meeting “a very lively trade”, with sample prices outlined below.
- 690kg - €1800;
- 785kg - €1780;
- 725kg - €1820,
The champion heifer of the day - weighing 760kg - sold for an exceptional price of €3000, while there was a “steady trade throughout the day” for a large presentation of beef heifers, with over 250 head on offer, the manager added.
Prices ranged from €800 to €1000 with the kg for the majority with some exceptional lots breaking ranks; up to €1200 over the kg was forked out for one lot – 1 BB – 650kg - €1,840.
The lighter store heifers garnered feedlot custom with some buyers from Northern Ireland making their presence felt at the ringside.
Prices varied from €1.90 to €2 per kg for the HE and AA with the nice continental heifers selling from €2.10 to €2.40; lots at the upper end of the market pushed up to €2.75/kg, with the €3/kg barrier breached on up to two occasions for export-types.
In the weanling heifer section, lighter lots made from €2.10 to €2.60 per kg with a very lively trade for the nice well-presented Limousin and Charolais-types, the manager added.
“Overall, a full clearance in Tullow; the weather left us with a slow start but a steady trade throughout the day.” The manager concluded.
Class 1 - Best Factory-type cow.
- Owen O Neill, Coolnacuppogue, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow - NS
- Patrick Brennan, Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow - 840kg - €1520;
- John Kehoe, Williamstown, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow - 775kg - €1340.
Class 2 - Best 2 or more fat heifers.
- Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois - 732kg - €1670;
- Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois - 614kg - €1320;
- David Rothwell, Barnahask, Bunclody, Co. Wexford - 702kg - €1570.
Class 3 - Best fat heifer
- Joseph Lacey Jnr, Luggacurran, Portlaoise, Co. Laois - 760kg - €2320;
- Owen O Neill, Coolnacuppogue, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow - 740kg - €3000;
- John Brophy, Roscatt, Tullow, Co. Carlow - 775kg - €1840.
Class 4 - Best group of two or more store heifers
- Ita & Andrew Kinsella, Johnstown, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow - 653kg - €1470;
- Ita & Andrew Kinsella, Johnstown, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow - 680kg - €1550;
- John W Jackson, Borklebeg, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. 525kg - €1230.
Class 5 - Best store heifer.
- John Gahan, Boley Heights, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow - 505kg - €1260;
- John Nolan, Bendenstown, Rathoe, Co. Carlow - 365kg €1060;
- John Nolan Bendenstown, Rathoe, Co. Carlow – NS.
Class 6 - Best weanling heifer
- Donal Deegan, Minmore, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow - 335kg - €825.
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