The 2023 Carrick Winter Fair of Commercial Cattle will see a change of format this November, with two separate events across two weekends.
On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, the Midland & Western Livestock Improvement Society Ltd, which hosts the show and sale annually, confirmed its plans to “create a safer event”.
A show and sale of all adult cattle (all breeds) will take place on Monday, November 20th, 2023, while a show and sale of weanlings will follow over two days on Sunday, November 26th and Monday, November 27th, 2023.
Moreover, the society is also introducing a number of rule changes as follows:
- As was the case in 2022, only 5 exhibits will be allowed per exhibitor;
- This year, all animals must be in the exhibitor’s herd on or before August 31st, 2023.
A spokesperson, on behalf of organisers, said:
“The society is very appreciative of the support from their many generous sponsors in hosting this event, and we look forward to creating a safe and successful event for their loyal exhibitors and patrons.”
Meanwhile, the dam of several Carrick Winter Fair champions, including the most recent €14,500 BYU daughter at the 2022 sale, has herself sold for €6,000 at the Elite Commercial Haltered Cattle Sale at Stranorlar Mart on Saturday, May 13th, 2023.
Property of Charlestown, County Mayo-based, Chris Meehan, the cow is May-2011-born and is 100 days scanned in-calf to the AI Belgian Blue bull, BYU, carrying a bull calf.
The auctioneer remarked that “in her lifetime, she has had two C-sections, and since she had those sections, she has calved naturally three times”.
“Her last five calves in Carrick have averaged €8,000 a piece, at an average weight of 349.6kg, with a top of €10,000 and €14,500.”
As previously reported by That’s Farming, Chris Meehan’s BYU daughter set Carrick Winter Fair 2022 on fire when she changed hands for €14,500 (€43.80/kg) in the early hours of Tuesday (November 29th, 2022) morning.
Lot 525 from the Charlestown, Co Mayo native was tapped out as the junior blue champion during Sunday’s show.
She was born in May 2022, crossed the scales at 331kgs and stood first in her class 37: Belgian Blue-cross female calf 350 kgs or under, sponsored by Eurogene AI Services.