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