Strong cull prices see suckler trade rocket
Demand also high for in-calf heifers as farmers upgrade herds
Demand for suckler cows and in-calf heifers has surged as buyers take advantage of strong cull prices to upgrade their herds.
Exceptional prices of between €2,400 and €2,900 were paid for a number of top quality suckler cows with calves at foot this week, while the cost of average quality stock has also increased significantly.
A clearance sale of top quality commercial suckler cows and springing heifers attracted a massive crowd to Carrigallen Mart last week, where staff struggled to accommodate all bidders at the ringside.
A top price of €2,880 was paid for a six-year-old Limousin suckler cow with a January-born AI Belgian Blue calf at foot, while another seven-year-old Limousin cow with an October-born Belgian Blue calf made €2,850. Both cows were AI served to a Blue bull again.
A three-year-old Limousin with a December Limousin calf made €2,520, as did a six-year-old Charolais with a January Charolais calf at foot.
A six-year-old Limousin cow with a December Charolais calf made €2,400.
The herd of 12 cows with calves and eight springers, was sold on behalf of a young part-time farmer emigrating to Australia.
Mart manager Helen Kells said the farmer was well known for producing quality stock and buyers knew that the animals always produced top quality weanlings.