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Monday 16 July 2018

Pictures: See the Belgian X heifer that sold for €2,800

Show Champion at at the Milford Mart 50th Anniversary Weanling Show and Sale with, from left, John Greene (Limousin Society), Jonathan Lucas (auctioneer), Michael McHugh (FBD), John Stewart (mart manager), Michael Gallagher (owner), Pearse McNamee (judge)
Show Champion at at the Milford Mart 50th Anniversary Weanling Show and Sale with, from left, John Greene (Limousin Society), Jonathan Lucas (auctioneer), Michael McHugh (FBD), John Stewart (mart manager), Michael Gallagher (owner), Pearse McNamee (judge)

Martin Ryan

A "smashing" Belgian Blue X heifer that fetched the outstanding price of €8/kg became the cream of the day at the recent 50th Anniversary Weanling Show and Sale at Milford Mart, Letterkenny.

The 350kg weanling, winner of the Reserve Champion Heifer of the Show, was exhibited by William Gallagher of Termon and sold, after a flurry of bidding, for the exceptional price of €2,800.

"She was a smashing heifer," said mart manager John Stewart.

Almost €7/kg was paid for a quality Charolais weanling, winner of first prize in the Charolais Heifer Class.

Terence McLaughlin from Falcarragh with the 1st and 3rd Place in the Junior Bull Class
Terence McLaughlin from Falcarragh with the 1st and 3rd Place in the Junior Bull Class

She was exhibited by Francie Brown of Letterkenny, and weighing 307kg, she sold for €2,100.

Michael Gallagher from Carrigart showed a Limousin to win the Champion of the Show award, while Gavin Gallagher scored a double, taking home the Junior Heifer Champion Cup and Reserve Champion Cups.

Another double was celebrated by Terence McLaughlin from Falcarragh in north-west Donegal, winning the first and third places for entries in the Junior Bull Class.

There was a 90pc clearance for the entry of 500 head, which comprised 320 weanling bulls and 180 weanling heifers across all beef breeds - attracting competition from home feeders as well as export agents.

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Francie Browne, with his first prize in the Open Charolais Class
Francie Browne, with his first prize in the Open Charolais Class

The top 17 bulls sold for an average of €2.62/kg, while the average run returned €2.32/kg for their vendors.

In the heifers the top-quality weanlings sold for an average of €2.66/kg, with strong interest from exporters for those over 400kg, while the lighter ones sold for an average of €2.48/kg.

The centre has a record of achieving high prices, with quality lots the hallmark of the entry.

Award winners included

Charolais Bulls

1. Lydia Gallagher

2. Michael Friel

3. Pat Wilkinson

Charolais Heifer

1. Francie Brown

2. Bernard McBride

3. David Wilkin


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