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Belgian Blues best in show at Castleisland weanling sale

Martin Ryan

Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30

'Dernaroy 1 Impact' bred by Eric Humphreys, Dernaroy, Newbliss, Co Monaghan was the joint winner of the Northern Ireland Hereford Stock Bull of the Year competition.
'Dernaroy 1 Impact' bred by Eric Humphreys, Dernaroy, Newbliss, Co Monaghan was the joint winner of the Northern Ireland Hereford Stock Bull of the Year competition.

Belgian Blues reigned supreme in the show ring, while Charolais and Limousin also shone among the price leader in the sales ring at Castleisland Co-op Mart Annual Weanling Show and Sale.

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The overall award of Supreme Champion of the Show went to a Belgian Blue heifer exhibited by Jerry Devitt, Doon, Knocknagree, which weighed 380 kgs, and sold for €1,910, the highest price paid for a weanling on the day.

The sale centre draws its entry from wide area of North Kerry, West Cork and West Limerick, a region which is well established in suckler farming and the production of quality weanlings which are sought after by beef producers from all over the country.

The annual Weanling Show and sale is regarded in the area as a mid season boost to the peak of the weanling sales season underway in earnest at Castleisland Co-op Mart every Monday, as feeders from all over the country start to buy cattle for the autumn and exporters look to fill their orders.

Mart Manager, Richard Hartnett described the huge turn-out for one of the highlight sales of the season as being "exceptional quality stock, which was reflected in the prices paid" by purchasers.

Weanling bulls

He said that on the day weanling bulls averaged €2.50 kg, with heifers averaging around €2.70 per kg. He added that the younger, lighter weanling was in most demand, with the top lots making well over €3.00 per kg.

The quality of stock on offer was reflected in the prices paid. A

Belgian Blue bull weighing 354 kgs sold for €1,000; five Limousin bulls weighing 382 kgs sold for €990; five Charolais bulls weighing 308 kgs made €845; four Limousin bulls weighing 282 kga sold for €870; a Belgian Blue heifer weighing 376 kgs sold for €1,145 and a lot of four Charolais heifers which weighed 285 kgs made €785.

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