Report with dairy cow and heifer prices.
According to Eugene Clune, Carnew Mart’s yard manager, prices reached €2,020 at its first online on-farm sale earlier this week.
The Wexford-based mart hosted a sale on behalf of Tom Furlong of the Knockreigh herd, Adamstown, on Wednesday, September 22nd.
Clune reported that Furlong had “top-quality stock throughout the sale,” with the standard reflected in prices.
The herd average stands at 7,400kgs milk at 570kgs of milk solids at 3.98% butterfat and 3.68%.
He highlighted that stock have been AI-bred for generations and fully milk recorded, which gave potential purchasers “a great insight into the herd”.
Dairy cow prices
The sale began with spring-calved cows still in milk and scanned back in-calf to AI sires.
“These cows met a very brisk trade from local farmers, farmers from as far as Tipperary and northern customers online.”
These cows sold from €1,600 to a top call of €2,120, while most went under the hammer from €1,800 and €1,950.
A 2019-born carrying her second calf due on February 4th, 2022, changed hands for €2,100.
A cow carrying her third calf due on January 24th, 2022, found a new owner at €2,120. A fourth calver due on the same date fetched €1,940.
Cows in milk
Cows in milk, but not in-calf calved since spring followed the in-calf cows. Clune reported that these ranged from €900 for a sixth-calver to €1,500 for a first-calver.
The majority of entries in this category varied from €1,050 and €1,250.
In-calf heifers due in spring 2022 then went under the hammer. “These met a flying trade, selling from €1,450 to €1,900, with most selling between €1,600 and €1,800.”
“These were top-quality heifers with a lifetime of breeding behind them.”
Spring-born heifer calves
Finally, spring-born heifer calves were offered for sale.
“Top-quality stock again, all AI-bred with EBI ranging from €190 to €260 and all their dam records to back them up.”
“These met a powerful trade leaving 27 calves averaging almost €800 with a top call of €860 for two heifers.”
“Finally, Carnew Mart would like to wish all purchasers the best of luck with their new stock and the Furlong family all the best in the future endeavours,” Clune concluded.