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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Video: 7 prize-winning bull weanlings sell to €2,150 at Balla Mart’s show & sale

Farming News/Mart Reports on That’s Farming – Aurivo Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – September Weanling Show and Sale

In the first of a two-part article series, That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, reports from the weanling bull ring at Aurivo Balla Mart’s opening weanling show and sale of 2023, which saw prices top at €3,500, as reported by us in this news article.

A blazing trade prevailed for bull and heifer weanlings across the board at Aurivo Balla Mart’s opening weanling show and sale on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.

According to the manager of Balla Mart and manager of Aurivo Marts some 500 bulls and 200 heifers came under the hammer.

He reported that “there were some excellent prices paid and trade was lively with plenty of customers from all over Ireland including exporters, farmers and online purchasers”.

“Based on today, I am confident that weanlings will be a good trade going forward.”

“Some said they have ‘never seen the likes of it before’ with regard to prices and the quality of the weanlings on offer.”

“In cases, we saw farmers trying to outbid northern online buyers. There was a full house with a lot of farmers interested in viewing the show and sale.”

Bull weanling prices
Bull weanlings 200kg to 350kg averaged €3.33/kg, while those in the 350kg to 450kg weight bracket levelled at €3.38/kg and entries north of 450kg+ sold for €3.34/kg, of an average.

One CHX bull weighing 345kg sold by a farmer from Kilsallagh – Westport made €1,480 or €4.29/kg and was bought by a Foxford farmer. There was a 380kg entry sold by a Newbrook – Claremorris farmer for €1,650 or 4.34/kg that went for export.

Meanwhile, a BBX bull weighing 475kg sold by a Carrownedan – Aughamore farmer was snapped up for €2,750 or €5.78/kg by an exporter.

Finally, a LMX, 530kg bull, went under the hammer for €2,160 or €4.08/kg and went to a northern buyer from Co Tyrone.

Prize winners in 2023-born show

See below videos of various prize-winners across the weanling bull ring, which were sold by auctioneer, Raymond Clarke.

€1,770 for supreme champion of weanling show & sale and 1st in his class – best CH bull calf

  • Lot – 190
  • Weight – 495kgs
  • DOB – 08-01-2023
  • Breed – CHX out of LMX dam
  • Price per kg – €3.58/kg
  • Breeder and seller – Dermot and Grace Mullaney
  • Price – €1,770

2nd-prize winner in his class – Best CH bull

  • Lot – 189
  • Weight – 555kgs
  • Price – €1,750
  • Price per kg – €3.15/kg
  • Breed – CHX out of CHX dam
  • Breeder and seller – Dermot and Grace Mullaney
  • DOB – 09-01-2023

1st prize in best LM bull calf class

  • Lot – 117
  • Breed – LMX
  • DOB – 01-01-2023
  • Weight – 530kgs
  • Price – €2,150
  • Price per kg – €4.08/kg
  • Sire – Tomschoice Jet
  • Dam – BB
  • 5-star hybrid
  • Breeder and seller – Micheal Hoban – Errew Commercial PB Show Cattle

2nd in his class – best LM bull calf

  • Lot – 83
  • Price – €1,460
  • Weight – 390kgs
  • Price per kg – €3.74/kg
  • Dam – BBX
  • DOB – 10-01-2023
  • Breeder and seller – Richard Jennings

1st in his class – Best BB bull calf

  • Lot – 234
  • Price – €1,770
  • Weight – 460kgs
  • Breed – BBX out of a LMX cow
  • DOB – 14-01-2023
  • Price per kg – €3.85/kg
  • Breeder and seller – Martin Campbell

2nd in his class – Best BB Bull

  • Lot – 283
  • Price – €1,580
  • Price per kg – €4.00/kg
  • Weight – 395kgs
  • DOB – 13-01-2023
  • Breeder and seller – Cyril Horan

1st in his class – Best Simmental Calf, sponsored by the Irish Simmental Cattle Society

  • Lot – 497
  • Breed – SIX out of CHX dam
  • Weight – 455kgs
  • Price – €1,400
  • Price per kg – €3.08/kg
  • DOB – 25-01-2023
  • Breeder and seller – Christopher Vahey

Other notable prices from this ring, which saw late 2022 and 2023-born entries sold include:

  • CHX – 8-months-old – 28-12-2022 – 435kgs – €1,510 – €3.47/kg;
  • CHX – 9-months-old – 24-12-2022 – 415kgs – €1,390;
  • CHX – 8-months-old – 25-12-2022 – 415kgs – €1,410;
  • CHX – 5-months-old – 04-04-2023 – 370kgs – €1,300;
  • BBX – 7-months-old – 27-01-2023 – 390kgs – €1,400;
  • LM – 8-months-old – 31-12-2022 – 330kgs – €1,300;
  • LMX – 11-months-old – 07-10-2022 – 415kgs – €1,250;
  • LMX – 6-months-old – 18-03-2023 – 280kgs – €870;
  • BBX – 7-months-old – 15-02-2023 – 275kgs – €980;
  • CH – 8-months-old – 04-01-2023 – 465kgs – €1,680;
  • CH – 8-months-old – 02-01-2023 – 505kgs – €1,700;
  • LMX – 8-months-old – 07-01-2023 – 335kgs – €1,210;
  • CHX – 4-months-old – 24-04-2023 – 240kgs – €800;
  • SHX – 8-months-old – 12-01-2023 – 355kgs – €950;
  • CHX – 8-months-old – 04-01-2023 – 410kgs – €1,440;
  • CHX – 6-months-old – 23-02-2023 – 350kgs – €1,430;
  • BBX – 8-months-old – 10-01-2023 – 390kgs – €1,420;
  • LMX – 6-months-old – 28-02-2023 – 285kgs – €960;
  • BBX – 6-months-old – 05-03-2023 – 400kgs – €1,420;
  • CHX – 6-months-old – 19-03-2023 – 270kgs – €870.

Report on weanling heifers to follow…

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