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Sunday 11 December 2016

Top weanling has plenty to chew on

Martin Ryan

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

A Half-tonne of weanling munch added cream to the €1,240 paid for a 415kg Belgian Blue weanling bull to Milford farmer, Tim Watson, who exhibited the Supreme Champion at the Annual Weanling Show and Sale at Kanturk Mart.

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The entry of both spring- and autumn-born weanlings was described by the judges, Peter O'Connell and Ivor Jefferies, as "fantastic" with an excellent trade for all lots at the event sponsored by Boherbue Co-op Creameries.

Although predominantly a strong dairy farming area, the farmers in the surrounding region have established a reputation for the production of quality weanlings both from suckler cows and cross breeding on the dairy animals.

Reserve champion was a Belgian Blue bull exhibited by David Jones, Coolagh, Newmarket, which weighed 400kg and sold for €1,285.

The best pen of spring weanlings was exhibited by Sam O'Sullivan, Knocknanaugh, Kiskeam. The Charolais males weighed 417kg and sold for €1,175 each.

The best pen of autumn weanlings were exhibited by Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, Percival Street, Kanturk. The Charolais weanlings weighed 415kg and sold for €1,165 each.

RESULTS

Limousin Heifer - John Sheehan, Glashakinleen West, Kiskeam. Weight 365kg €900

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Charolais Heifer - Daniel Healy, Horsemount, Ballinagree. Weight 415kg €1,000

Belgian Blue Heifer - William Fehin, Freemount. Weight 375kg €1,100

Limousin Bull - William O'Connor, Knockeenacurrig West, Kiskeam. Weight 390kg €1,055

Charolais Bull - William O'Connor, Coolageela, Kanturk. Weight 373kg €1,000

Mixed Class Bulls - David Casey, Scarteen, Newmarket. Hereford male weanling. Weight 365kg €800

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