Strong prices at annual fat stock show and sale
THE annual fat stock show and sale at Dingle Mart last Saturday saw prices remain strong as a varied portfolio of local sellers showcased some quality stock.
There were celebrations in Reenconnell as Padraig Martin's 756kg Charolais heifer was named supreme champion, fetching an attractive €2,780 from buyer David Wharton, who had travelled to the show from Birr, Co Offaly.
The supreme champion was deemed best in the Continental Heifer (born 2011) class; with Alan Moriarty of Glens taking second place with a sale price of €1,600.
The reserve champion also cut an impressive figure in the guise of a 584kg Limousin bullock, sold by Micí Ó Conchúir, Clahane, Ventry and purchased by Oliver O'Sullivan, Beenbawn ( fetching a price of €1,560).
The reserve champion was also deemed Best Butcher's Animal on the day (with Michael O'Hallaron taking second place with a sale price of €1,200).
Best Continental Heifer (born before 2011) went to Michael Griffin, Coumlanders (sale price €2,180) and Best Non Continental Heifer (born 2011) was secured also by Micí Ó Conchúir (€1,460). Micí Ó Conchúir also won the Best Continental Bullock (born 2011), with Michael O'Hallaron taking second place.
Best Continental Bullock (born before 2011) was won by Padraig Ferriter, Baile Uachtra (€1,670) who also took Best Factory Bullock (€1670) with Michael Griffin taking second place (€1,600). Best Cull Cow also went to Micheal Griffin.
Dingle Mart manager Nelius McAuliffe said he was pleased with the prices and stock on show on the day, adding that, despite it being a challenging year in agricultural terms, West Kerry's quality stock is continuing to attract buyers from across the country.