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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Charolais bull best in show at Newport

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

An eight-month-old Charolais bull was judged overall Champion at the Annual Weanling Show and Sale at Newport Livestock Mart, Co Tipperary.

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Exhibited by Daniel Duggan, Croughmorka, Doon, Co Limerick the chanpion weighed 470kgs and sold for €1,160, the top price paid at the sale which attracted entries from North Tipperary, East Limerick and Clare.

The Champion Bull from breeds other than Charolais was a Limousin exhbited by Mary O'Sullivan, Derrygreen, Newport and weighing 420kgs sold for €1,010.

Thomas Nicholas, Cappanahanna, Murroe, Co Limerick exhibited the Champion Heifer which weighed 350kg and fetched €910 in the sales ring.

Mart proprietor, James Lee described demand as "very strong" with prices on average slightly ahead of the 2014 sale, ranging in general €2.20-€2.60/kg with some of the choice continental heifers making over €3/kg.

Meanwhile, the premium being paid on Angus beef animals at the factories brought customers from a wide spread of the country to the Special Autumn Angus Sale at Elphin Mart, Co Roscommon. Mart manager, Gerry Connellan said that the special sale, which is held twice yearly - Spring and Autumn - normally draws customers producing for the Angus Scheme from a wide spread.

"We had a good turnout of mostly farmers and some men who were probably buying for the factories and prices were up to 30c/kg up on last year's Autumn sale with a full clearance".

Up to €2.75/kg was paid for steers and heifers generally ranged €2.30-€2.60/kg.

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Some typical prices for steers were €1,350 for a 490kgs, €1,275 for 555kgs, €1,165 for 465kgs and €1,100 for 410kgs. Heifers fetched €1,450 for 560kgs, €1,195 for 455kgs and €1,110 for 495kgs.


Charolais Heifers

1 Thomas Nicholas, Cappanahanna, Murroe, Co Limerick 2 Thomas Nicholas, Cappanahanna, Murroe 3 Christy O'Gorman, Clonlohan, Murroe

Charolais Bulls

1 Daniel Duggan, Croughmorka, Doon, Co Limerick 2 Francis Ryan Cragg, Birdhill, Co Tipperary 3 John Coffey, Newport

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