Ten month old weaning Saler heifer makes €1,950
A ten month old weaning heifer from the Clew Bay herd at Westport topped the trade at the 11th Annual Salers crossbred heifer sale at Gort Mart, Co. Galway.
The pedigree registered heifer, bred by Tom McGeal, Westport, Co. Mayo was purchased by John Burke, Clarecastle, Co. Clare for €1950 to find a new home in the Manusmore herd in the Banner County.
The evening sale attracted the biggest ever entry, reflecting the increased interest from suckler farmers choosing to run Salers bulls with their breeding herds. However, the current downturn in beef prices became evident in the tone of the trade, with prices slightly back on last years very successful sale.
Nonetheless, there was strong demand for the quality lots on offer, despite the difficult year for suckler farmers with buyers coming from right across the country including Northern Ireland to compete for the top stock on offer.
In-calf heifers averaged close to €1400 with a top price of €1710. Maiden heifers averaged €1060 with a top price of €1750. Weanling heifers, many of which were late spring born and consequently quite light weights, averaged €850.
Although still a minority breed in the beef sector across the country, the society is reporting an increase in interest with membership growing to 100 breeders as the society celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Ease of calving is one of the strengths upon which the society expects to further increase membership with greater numbers of part time farmers looking to the breed to reduce calving difficulties.