30 Austrian in-calf heifers are currently for sale as part of Fleckvieh IRL LTD’s first special timed online-only auction.
The specialist livestock supplier’s sale takes place from 8 pm on December 27th to 8 pm on December 30th, 2021.
Michael Butler, Bonnetstown, County Kilkenny, established Fleckvieh Irl four years ago, with sales director, Paul Grace, Dunlavin, County Wicklow.
The thriving company sources quality Fleckvieh stock from herds of the highest health status and milk yields in Austria and Germany.
Fleckvieh Irl has partnered with Denis Barrett Auctioneers to host this sale.
Denis Barrett Auctioneers combine a traditional auction with modern technology to deliver a service, which achieves the “best possible outcome” for clients.
It claims that its “in-depth knowledge and vast international contact base further enables us to market and sell any asset effectively”.
Fleckvieh Irl has “carefully selected” this consignment of heifers based on pedigrees, dam’s abilities and their appearance.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Fleckvieh Irl said:
“This will be the first time Fleckvieh cattle have been sold like this, in a timed online only-auction in Ireland, if not the world.”
“On a recent trip to Austria, after seeing some top-quality animals, we decided to try something different with the intention of an online auction becoming a norm.”
“These heifers have been carefully selected to bring our customers the very best the Fleckvieh breed can offer.”
They claim these females come from herds of the highest health status and milk yields and solids.
All are in-calf to top genomically tested, young Fleckvieh bulls, which they regard as “the stars of the future”.
All heifers are calving from early January to early March. Furthermore, all are pedigree registered and milk recorded.
The best for customers
Continuing, Fleckvieh Irl said: “The heifer’s dams yield to 12,848kgs with butterfat to 5.23% and protein to 4.08%. Kilos of solids to 850 in 305 days.”
“This sale is targeted at the Irish market, with future sales to extend to the UK and further afield.”
“What makes this sale different is the planning that has gone into getting the best Fleckvieh cattle in Austria.”
“We have attended many sales with a choice of hundreds of heifers. We have chosen only the best for our customers.”
How does the sale work?
If you visit this link, you can register for online bidding. Here, you can view a catalogue with comprehensive details – including pedigree certs – of all animals available for sale and a short video of each entry.
Buyers will need to visit this link and pre-register to bid on heifers.
Fleckvieh’s increased popularity
According to Fleckvieh Irl, the breed’s “obvious” benefits have led to their “increased” popularity in the last two years.
“We have milked them for 30 years; we see ourselves to be in the ideal position to source and advise farmers on the breed.”
“Again, our experience of Fleckvieh on our own farm has shown, along with the obvious benefits of dual-purpose, that the breed brings a lot more to the table.”
“The obvious being the fact that the bull calf and cull cow are a valued asset, rather than a by-product.”
The company claims that the breed’s day-to-day management is a trait that is “truly turning farmers in its direction”.
“Their primary characteristics include excellent fertility, docility and hardiness. But, moreover, they are just a pleasure to work with.”
Growth and future plans
2021 has been an “excellent year”, which they believe shows farmers are confident in Fleckvieh Irl, as a company, and Fleckvieh cattle as a breed.
“Our plan for 2022 is to continue to supply quality dairy and beef cattle to Irish farmers. We love sourcing and selecting quality stock, so we will continue to do this.”
“Finally, we wish to thank our customers for their continued support. It has been a pleasure to supply them with top-quality stock. We wish everyone a healthy and prosperous new year,” they concluded.