140 Simmental-cross breeding heifers and 25 pedigree Simmental bulls( all eligible for BDGP) are catalogued for a special sale due to take place at Roscommon Mart this Friday, May, 11th, 2018.
The official Irish Simmental Cattle Society May sale will include a viewing period between 3.30pm-4.30pm. The commercial heifers will go under the hammer 5pm, followed by the bull show at 6pm and progression into the sales ring at 8pm.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Peadar Glennon, Secretary of Irish Simmental Cattle Society said:
“All of the lots are pre-selected. There are 140 commercial breeding heifers on offer.”
“There are 121 maiden heifers, ranging from 440-550kgs. They are suitable for inseminating now”, he said.
Peadar also stated that there is a €urostar catalogue available on all the entries, which you can find here.
“To estimate, 90% of them are four or five-star replacement heifers.”, he said.
Peadar also said the long winter and recent fodder shortages had a visible effect on recent sales but said it is clear to see that the demand for replacements has returned.
“The earlier Spring sales were tough. In the last two weeks, I have noticed that there is a demand from farmers for breeding cattle. There is increased demand”, he concluded.
In total there were 104 lots on offer in Roscommon last year, 14 of which were pedigree bulls. The sale had an overall clearance rate of 97%, with a 92% clearance of maiden heifers.
The top price for a maiden heifer on the day was €2080 (€3.71 per kg), pictured below, for a 560kgs heifer. All of the maiden heifers made in excess of €3 per kg.
Out of the fourteen bulls for sale, eight found new homes. The top price of €2800 paid for a 16-month old bull “Doire-Goile Hugo”, see below picture, which was sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy and out of a homebred cow.
The sale takes place this Saturday in Roscommon, with viewing kicking off at 3:30 and sales at 5pm.