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