Belgian Blues dominate weanling show in Kanturk
The Belgian Blue breed dominated the awards and the prices paid at one of the opening weanling shows and sales for autumn 2016 in north Cork.
A Belgian Blue heifer, judged overall reserve champion of the show, topped the trade in the sales ring at Kanturk Co-Op Mart, selling for €3.55/kg.
Exhibited by Eamon O'Mahoney from Kiskeam, Mallow, Co Cork, the heifer was purchased by James Ryan of Kilfeacle, Co Tipperary for €1,420, after weighing in at 400kg.
The highest price, however, was reserved for a Belgian Blue bull belonging to Michael Fleming of Cullen, Mallow, Co Cork that took the award for supreme champion. The weanling weighed 540kg and sold to Joe O'Flynn of Banteer, Co Cork for €1,500.
There was an entry of 235 autumn born weanlings, and judges Matt Bluitt and Peter O'Connell had the challenging task of deciding the winners.
Sponsors of the show, the neighbouring dairy business, Boherbue Co-op were represented by chairman, Pat Murphy and vice-chair, Noel O'Mahoney, who assisted in the presentation of the prizes.
Seamus O'Keeffe of Kanturk Mart said: "The quality of the animals on offer was very good, but the customers were very cautious about the price and I'd say the prices were back €50-€70/hd on last year.
"There were plenty of nice cattle in the sale, and the good beef farmers were the main customers for them, but it was tough to get €1,000, because there is a lot of concern about where the beef prices are going," he added.