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Headford’s final sale of 2022 ‘a roaring success’ despite weather conditions

Headford Mart – Cattle Prices – 17-12-2022

Headford Co-Operative Livestock Mart’s final sale of the year on Saturday, December 17th, 2022, was “a roaring success – in spite of inclement weather conditions”.

According to a spokesperson, the mart “enjoyed full clearance of what turned out to be a very respectable trade on the day”.

“With the roads covered in ice, we were fortunate that many of our bookings showed up on the day, and we were delighted with our decision to delay the sale start until 10.30 am for sheep and 11.30 am for cattle.”

The top price per head for cows on the day went to a Castlegar farmer for his 2009-born LMX weighing 740Kg at €1780.

Headford Mart 17-12-2022

Bullock prices

  • LMX – 600KG – €1590;
  • LMX – 645KG – €1810;
  • LMX – 550KG – €1550;
  • CHX – 760KG – €2000;
  • CHX – 517KG – €1530;
  • CHX – 323KG – €940;
  • LM – 585KG – €1650;
  • AAX – 493KG – €1230;
  • LMX – 220KG – €600;
  • SIX – 315KG – €980.
Heifer prices

According to the spokesperson, heifers “fared well”, with Charolais being the “preferred breed of choice”.

  • CHX – 495KG – €1150;
  • CHX – 605KG – €1420;
  • CHX – 600KG – €1550;
  • CHX – 665KG – €1750;
  • CH – 565KG – €1640;
  • LMX – 835KG – €2240;
  • CHX – 775KG – €2000;
  • BBX – 535KG – €2000;
  • CHX – 495KG – €1150.

Weanlings

The spokesperson noted that “weanlings also performed well” with sample prices –

  • CHX April-2022-born – 345KG – €1260;
  • CHX May-2022-born – 295KG – €840;
  • Nov-2021-born LMX – 430KG – €1210;
  • March-2022-born CHX – 385KG – €1050.
Charity cake sale 

The spokesperson continued:

“Also, it was a huge success with complete ‘clear out’ was Valarie’s Cake Sale in aid of Cancer Care West. Huge thanks to all the sellers, buyers, staff and locals who dropped in on the day to share a cuppa and donate to such a worthy cause – every cake, bun and pie found a home by the end of the day.”

“We are still getting money in to support our fund-raising for Cancer Care West, so we will leave the final tally to Valarie herself to announce on our first sale day back in the New Year on January 14th.”

We will kick off again with the cows and sheep in each yard at 10am, followed by sucklers, bulls, bullocks, heifers and finishing with the weanlings.”

“To all our younger clientele, we are delighted to confirm that Santa has booked his Irish stop-off at Headford Mart this year.

“It was a joy to get all the bits and pieces ready in the yard and cattle ring for him and the reindeer. And a special thanks to the young boys who arrived down with some carrots for us to add to the feed.”

“We live in a wonderful community with such amazing support, and on behalf of the Headford Co-Op Mart shareholders, staff, and committee, we take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support, patience, stock, custom and especially wit.”

“May you all share a merry Christmas with loved ones and le cúnamh Dé, enjoy good health and happiness in 2023,” they concluded.

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