Tuesday 27 September 2016

Belgian blue weanling sells for a record €3,000 in Donegal

Martin Ryan

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Show judge Joshua Miller, Tony McMenamin (collecting for Thomas Pearson 3rd), mart manager Brian Crawford, Luke Barnett, (winner), judge Christopher Johnston and Francis Browne (2nd) after the 2015 Charlaois Heifer Class at Stranorlar and Ballybofey Mart
Show judge Joshua Miller, Tony McMenamin (collecting for Thomas Pearson 3rd), mart manager Brian Crawford, Luke Barnett, (winner), judge Christopher Johnston and Francis Browne (2nd) after the 2015 Charlaois Heifer Class at Stranorlar and Ballybofey Mart
Charlaois Bull Calf winners Joe Marley (1st), Killygordon; Laura McGee (3rd), James McGee and Rachel McGee,Ballybofey; Brendan Walsh (2nd), Glenswilly and Mart Manage Brian Crawford pictured at the Ballybofey Mart Weanling Show and Sale. Photo: Clive Wasson

A top class Belgian Blue weanling heifer sold for a record €3,000 after a County Cavan farmer's determination to buy the heifer led to a bidding frenzy at the Annual Weanling Show and Sale at Stranorlar and Ballybofey Mart, Co Donegal.

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Cavan farmer, John Daly had expressed a keen interest in buying the heifer prior to the show, but breeder Michael Browne, Letterkenny decided that he wanted to show the animal at the Show and Sale.

Adorned with the rosette for second prize in the Belgian Blue Class at the show, the heifer weighing 414kg attracted a lot of interest from the keen bidders around the ring, before the auctioneer's hammer fell at €3,000 and John Daly's determination had won the day with his mission accomplished.

Earlier in the day Clive Barnett, Raphoe was awarded the Championship of the show for his 380kg Charolais crossbred heifer, later sold for €1,670.

Mr Barnett's father, Victor, won the Reserve Championship with another Charolais crossbred heifer that weighed 406kg and sold for €1,680. The class for 2014 born bulls went to a Belgian Blue weighing 384kg, which sold for €1,520 exhibited by James Bradley, Ballybofey. The heifer class was won by a 288kg Belgian Blue exhibited by Fergus Kelly, Ballybofey and sold for €1,500. Prices were around 10pc stronger than in 2014.

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