FOCUS ON BALLYMOTE MART DAY IN OUR RURAL LIFE FEATURE
BALLYMOTE MART IS NOW THE ONLY CATTLE SALE OPERATING IN SLIGO. IN BUSY TIMES, MORE THAN 600 ANIMALS A WEEK ARE FOR SALE, WITH UP TO 25 STAFF EMPLOYED. AT A RECENT MEETING, CATTLE WERE SOLD FROM AREAS INCLUDING CLOONACOOL, ACHONRY, TEMPLEBOY, TUBBERCURRY
IT MAY have been a relatively quiet Friday at Ballymote mart, yet there were farmers there hoping they would sell.
Edmund Doddy from Achonry brought two of his weanling stock to the sale.
He said: "They are around seven months, a Charolais heifer and a Belgian Blue bull.
"I'm hoping the Charolais will make around €750.
"When I'm selling, I always go to Ballymote."
Edmund has two sons that are also interested in farming.
He added: "The summer was very rough for farmers surely with the poor weather.
"Sileage quality because of this was not great, farmers had to buy nuts too, which means that there isn't going to be much profit this year.
"I've been at farming all my life, my father was also from a farming background.
"I enjoy it, I won't be doing anything else at this stage," he laughed.
Once the selling was complete, Edmund was happy with his prices, €730 for the Charolais and €600 for the Belgian Blue.