Calf and maiden heifers pique in­ter­est at Gig­gin­stown An­gus sale

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

SPRING wouldn’t be spring in West­meath with­out the an­nual An­gus sale at Gig­gin­stown House, Kingston top­ping the sale at €3,500. There was plenty of in­ter­est for in calf and maiden heifers with Gig­gin­stown Black Cap top­ping the sale amongst the heifers, mak­ing €3,856.

John Ap­pelbe from Clon­akilty, who is pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish An­gus Cat­tle So­ci­ety, said that there is more and more in­ter­est in the An­gus breed for var­i­ous rea­sons such as ease of calv­ing, dairy beef and also the gen­eral age pro­file of farm­ers who need easy care, low-main­te­nance, strong stock.

Also, John said, “bonuses of up to €0.40c/kilo for Ir­ish An­gus pro­ducer groups is mak­ing An­gus dairy-beef” ex­tremely at­trac­tive for beef farm­ers.

Also on dis­play were some for­mer Chel­tenham and Grand Na­tional win­ners.

Tiger Roll was miss­ing in ac­tion af­ter his re­cent Grand Na­tional win, but Don Cos­sack, War of At­tri­tion and Rule the World were on show on the day.

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