Top class entry at Roscommon fair
There was an outstanding entry of quality stock for the 19th National Winter Fair which attracted entries from all regions of the country to Roscommon Mart for the two day annual event.
Organised by the Commerical Cattle Exhibitors Society Ltd, there was keen competition for the top stock, but several of the top award winners carried the 'not for sale' tag.
The highest price of the sale was €3,000 paid for a Charolais Cross heifer exhibited by John Clyne, Rathcline Road., Lanesboro, Co Longford.
A calf weighing less than 325kgs sold for €2,720 and Pat Rosengrave, Ballyline, Crusheen, Co Clare received €2,650 for a Charolais bullock with not more than two permanent teeth.
The trade was strongest overall for the females on offer with several lots sold for in excess of €2,200 and numerous lots not placed in the awards exceeding €2,500 in the sales ring.
Among the males on offer at the sale, the prices ranged up to €1,900, which was paid for two lots, a third-placed prize winning Limousin exhibited by Maxwell Brothers, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co Roscommon and an unplaced animal.
The tops of the males sold from €1,400.