Student Focus: Sinead Minihane

“I enjoy working with cattle every day,” - Sinead Minihane (22) is studying a Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management

Suckler pairings hit €1,800 at Maam Cross

Pictures and prices: Cull cows sold to €1,330, heifers made up to €1,120, weanlings topped out at €1,000 & bullocks realised €1,030.

Strong export demand for light weaning bulls at Carnew

“Trade was excellent for all types of stock with a full clearance.” – Quinn

All Things Haulage: Daly Transport

Forty years exporting cattle to France, Spain, Northern Africa and the UK

Heifers make up to €905 over at Headford

Bullocks sold to €840 over, weanling bulls pushed up to €630 over and weanling heifers topped out at €615 over.

Dry cows sell to €1,800 at Dowra

“Plainer cattle again proved very hard sold, plain bulls, in particular.”

Spring lambs easier by €7-€12/head at Baltinglass

Spring lambs sold to €110, while hoggets hit €114 & cast ewes peaked at €128.

Calves make from €55 to €505 at Ballinasloe

Bullocks sold from €2.28/kg to €2.93/kg, while heifers made from €2.24/kg to €2.94/kg and cows fetched from €710 to €1,575.

WATCH: Rachel Brown – Vet

A C-section, mastitis, ketosis, calves with suspected coccidiosis and more

Farmer Focus: Ahern’s Organic Farm

“We are aiming for a 420 kg cow that will produce 500kgs of milk solids.” - Seamus Ahern (22) farms in partnership with his parents.

Drop in cattle numbers at Ballinrobe

“As we enter the summer period, cattle numbers are reducing as is the quality of stock on offer,” - McGuire

Solid trade for cull cows and heifers at Kilkenny

Forward stores and beef-types generated the most interest