Farm Ireland

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Jam-packed sale sees bull weanlings go for top prices

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A lively trade in Tullamore last week saw a 95pc clearance of stock at the mart's annual show and sale of bull weanlings.

According to mart manager Antoinette Daly the place was "jammed" for the sale, and competition between farmer and shippers saw some very fancy prices paid for the 350 bulls entered for the event.

Top price for a Belgian Blue cross went to David Phelan from Clara whose 390kg animal made €1,320.


Peter Bolger, from Ballycommon, Tullamore, had the champion Charolais. The 455kg bull sold for €1,210.

Paul McPadden from Rhode, Co Offaly, had the first prize Limousin.

An impressive €1,240 was paid for the 435kg animal.

In the traditional breeds section, the top prize went to Hilda, Wendy and Carol Dolan from Ballycumber, Co Offaly. They had a 330kg Hereford cross, which sold for €750.

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Antoinette Daly said local farmers bought the bulk of the stock at the sale, with the shippers taking a fair percentage of cattle as well.

The annual show and sale of weanling heifers in Tullamore will be next Monday, September 26.

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