Charolais cross is the best seller at Raphoe's seasonal stock show
A young Charolais crossbred heifer, weighing 765kg topped the trade at the annual Christmas fat stock show and sale at Raphoe Mart, Donegal when she sold for a whopping €2,500.
The second prize winner in the class for heifers with no teeth was exhibited by John Doherty, Buncrana.
The supreme champion of the show for the John Witherow Cup, was awarded to a top quality young heifer owned by John Anthony Mc Mullan from Convoy. The Charolais weighed 900kg and was bought by a Northern customer for €2,380.
The reserve champion was awarded to well-known exhibitor Roy Stevenson, Letterkenny for his Limousin crossbred bullock, weighing 830kg, which was purchased for €2,100.
Butchers, factory agents and Northern buyers drove the trade, with Clonmany butcher William Doherty buying a number of the prize winning animals for his butcher shop during the Christmas market.
Dolan Brothers, Killygordon, who purchased for export to England to John Penny and Sons and Dawn Meats, Ballyhaunis was also among the purchasers.