Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

THE wean­ling trade re­ceived a boost with ‘lively’ de­mand for heifers at a show and sale at Kan­turk Co-Op Mart last Tues­day where there was an en­try of 480 head.

The qual­ity con­ti­nen­tal wean­lings met with a “much im­proved” trade with strong com­pe­ti­tion be­tween ship­pers and farmer buy­ers, and the sale was de­scribed as “the best so far this au­tumn”.

The top price of €1,200 was paid for a Bel­gian Blue bull, judged Su- preme Cham­pion of the Show. He was ex­hib­ited by David He­garty from Ban­don and, weigh­ing 390kgs, was bought by De­nis O’Con­nor from Mal­low.

“It was just amaz­ing the im­prove­ment in the trade from the last sale for the heifers in par­tic­u­lar,” said mart man­ager Sea­mus O’Ke­effe.

“All qual­ity wean­lings were in strong de­mand with farm­ers hav­ing to com­pete with ship­pers. All of the con­ti­nen­tals sold well and there were plenty of buy­ers at the ringside for the qual­ity lots. There were a lot of farm­ers around the south that got a good cut of si­lage the pre­vi­ous week that has helped to re­lieve the fod­der sit­u­a­tion, and it was just amaz­ing the ef­fect which it had on the trade, with farm­ers hav­ing a bit more con­fi­dence,” he added.

The good 300-400kg Friesian type wean­ling, which had been a very dif­fi­cult trade, also met with im­proved de­mand “and there were buy­ers Bel­gian Blue bull, ex­hib­ited by David He­garty from Ban­don and weigh­ing 390kg was pur­chased by De­nis O’Con­nor from Mal­low for €1,200.

Bel­gian Blue bull, ex­hib­ited by Charo­lais bulls ex­hib­ited by Niall Mur­phy, Kan­turk. Here­ford bulls ex­hib­ited by Conor Cronin, Bal­ly­clough.

Conor Ring, Freemount, Charleville, ex­hibitor of the Re­serve Cham­pion with Sean Ryan and William O’Flynn of South­ern Milling, Chair­man Kan­turk Mart John Cott and judge Pe­ter O’Con­nellthere for that type of wean­ling, but the plain, light­weight Friesian-type wean­ling were still a poor trade,” said Sea­mus.Conor Ring from Freemount and weigh­ing 400kg, was pur­chased by ex­porter David Hunter from Mal­low at €1,090.

Ex­hibitor of the Supreme Cham­pion David He­garty, Ban­don with Sean Ryan and William O’Flynn of South­ern Milling, Cork, Chair­man of Kan­turk Mart John Cott and judge Pe­ter O’Con­nell

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