Classy weanling sells for €2,350 at Milford show
One man who could hardly have believed his ears when his champion weanling entered the sales ring at Milford Mart, Co Donegal was local farmer, Michael Gallagher.
Although the weanling had come through a tough challenge to qualify for the most coveted rosette to be awarded at the annual show and sale. what was to follow was the icing on the cake.
The competition was keen and bidding was brisk from farmers and exporters. Granted the classy weanling had plenty of admirers and weighing in at a handsome 460kgs, had performance to date to match the looks.
As the bids hit €2,000, Michael Gallagher was not the only farmer watching the sale who was finding it hard to believe it was for real.
Then the bidding started to slow and finally the auctioneers hammer fell at €2,350 which was equivalent to €5.10/kg a record price for a weanling in the county and perhaps far beyond.
The Reserve Champion was exhibited by Bernard McBride, another local farmer, and sold for €1,500 or €3.39/kg.
Also setting a pace at the sale was Pat Wilkinson, Creeslough whose three Charolais bulls, swept the boards in the Charolais Bull Class taking the rosettes for first, second and third prizes. They averaged 432kg and sold for €1,296 each which worked out at €3.30/kg.
The other award winning exhibitors were: