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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: Heifers skyrocket to €7,200 in blazing trade at Elphin Mart

Heifers skyrocketed to €7,200 at Elphin Mart’s breeding heifer show and sale on Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, which saw over 70 pens of elite breeding stock from all corners of the country on offer.

Gareth Corrie of Drumhilla Farm in Northern Ireland officiated as pre-sale judge and selected three Belgian Blue-cross heifers – two from one seller – as his red, blue, and yellow rosette winners.

His overall champion came in the form of lot 16A, a May-2021-born (28-month-old) BBX heifer, out of a Limousin-cross dam, with three owners (in her current herd 446 days), which crossed the scales at 810kgs and went on to sell for €7,200 or €8.89/kg, following a flurry of ringside and online bidding activity.

His second-prize winner was lot 13A, a 685kg Belgian Blue-cross, also out of a Limousin-cross dam, born on 08-06-2021 (27 months) with three owners (from the same seller above – in current herd 450 days), and she sold for €3,900 or €5.69/kg.

His third-prize winner, 75A, came from a separate seller and was a Belgian Blue-cross heifer, also out of a Limousin-cross dam, born on 09-01-2022 (20 months), with 2 owners (in her current herd 265 days). She crossed the scales at 610kgs, and the hammer fell at €4,000 or €6.56/kg.

Gerry Campbell officiated as livestock auctioneer for the three above lots and shared selling duties with Marty Brady today.

Wednesday’s sale saw a blend of ringside and online activity from local buyers and strong northern demand.

Belgian Blue-cross-Limousins were among the highest-selling contenders and the €3,000 barrier was breached on a number of occasions.

Heifer prices – samples

Other prices on the day included:

  • LMX – 28 months – 28-04-2021 – 630kgs – €5,050 – €8.02/kg;
  • BBX – 18 months – 17-03-2022 – 530kgs – €3,200 – €6.04/kg;
  • LMX – 30 months – 09-03-2021 – 680kgs – €3,350 – €4.93/kg;
  • LMX – 17 months – 05-04-2022 – 630kgs – €3,450 – €5.48/kg;
  • BBX – 28 months – 20-05-2021 – 660kgs – €3,450 – €5.23/kg;
  • BBX – 24 months – 11-09-2021 – 650kgs – €3,500 – €5.38/kg;
  • BBX – 27 months – 25-06-2021 – 655kgs – €3,900 – €5.95/kg;
  • BBX – 24 months – 11-09-2021 – 650kgs – €3,500 – €5.38/kg;
  • BBX – 23 months – 05-10-2021 – 680kgs – €3,750 – €5.51/kg;
  • BBX – 27 months – 08-06-2021 – 685kgs – €3,900 – €5.69/kg.

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