The Irish Angus Cattle Society in association with Cork Marts and GVM Group has launched the Irish Angus Cross-bred Baby Calf Promotion.
The competitions will take place over the next three weeks in conjunction with the mart’s usual calf sales.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Michael Dullea – one of the organisers – said: “It's just our way of giving something back to the farmers for putting their trust in using Angus sires year in year out to complement their breeding programme.”
He said that Angus sires are “proving their worth in both dairy and beef enterprises” being very easy calving with a short gestation; the calves – which are polled - are vigorous at birth.
“All of these traits contribute to more money in the farmers’ pocket due to lower vet bills and getting more production out of the cow due to the short gestation length which Angus sires are known worldwide.”
“In addition to this, there is great demand for Angus-X calves at marts; they are commanding good prices time and time again.”
Sale Dates – Judging at 10am, sale at 12 noon
- Bandon Mart – Monday, March 25th;
- Macroom Mart – Saturday, March 30th;
- Kilmallock Mart – Monday, April 1st.
All calves must be AAX/AA on their passport.
Prize money and Rosettes are kindly sponsored by The Irish Angus Cattle Society
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd in bull calf class;
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd in heifer calf class.
“The Irish Angus Cattle Society would like to take this opportunity to thank both Cork Marts and GVM Group for working with us to make these events a rewarding an enjoyable day for all farmers who attend,” Michael concluded.