Charolais weanlings topped both the show ring and the sales ring at the 8th Annual Weanling Show and sale at Balla Mart, Co Mayo which was one of the best ever at the popular livestock sales venue.
The excellent entry of 900 lots also reflected the quality of weanling now being produced on the farms in the west where the traditional practice has made great progress in both the numbers being bred and the quality of the stock being offered at the sales.
Rated the dearest ever weanling sale at the centre, which is one of the four marts operated in the region by Aurivo Co-op, the strong competition between exporters and farmers who travelled from both Northern Ireland and many parts of the south drove the trade to new heights.
Prices paid were on average up by at least €90/hd on the corresponding sale in 2014 reflecting the current strong home demand for the good weanlings.
Light bulls averaged from €1.92 to €3.58 per kg. The highest priced animal in this section was a Belgian Blue cross weighing 445kg that sold for €1,350 or €3.03/kg.
Heavier bulls averaged from €1.76 to €3.41 per kg.
The highest price was paid for the prizewinning Charolais from the farm of Bridget Mullaney, Creggs, weighing 545kg and sold for €1,530 to an exporter client. In the heifer weanling trade there were some smashing cattle mainly bought for export and by Northern farmers.