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Trade for heavy culls ‘beyond all belief’ at Tullow

There was a lively trade at Tullow Mart’s female show and sale on Friday, January 31st, according to Eric Driver.

He said there was noticeable custom around the ring for in-spec fleshed, store heifers and cows. “The trade for the heavier cows especially was beyond all belief.”

“[It was] a sale that would remind farmers to remember that the sales ring is always a place to command a leading factory price.” the mart manager added.

Cull cows:

Driver pointed out that overall, FR-type feeding cows sold from €150 up to €350 with the kg – depending on flesh and quality, while continental cows ranged from €200-€450 with the kg – depending on age. Heavy cows peaked at €1950 or €1,000 with the kg.


Driver reported butcher and factory activity in the heifer ring, with a demanding trade for fleshed entries.  Continentals went under the hammer from €2.00/kg for HE and AA-types with up to €2.40/kg for beef-types.

He pointed out that stores were also a lively trade with a base of €2.00 for Hereford and Angus-types, while R and U-grade continental-types pushed from €2.80-€3.05/kg.


Friesian calves topped out at €110 while lighter shipping calves sold from €30 to €50; Hereford and Angus heifers and bulls made from €120 to €270 with up to €375 forked out for continental bulls.

Best factory-type cow:

  • 1st – Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois – 930kg – €1950;
  • 2nd – Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois – €750 – €1,600;
  • 3rd – Noel Kelly, Williamstown, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – 740kg – €1,550.

Best 2 or more fat heifers:

  • 1st – Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois – 693kg – €1,460;
  • 2nd – Thomas Bolger, Clonagoose, Borris, Co. Carlow – 647kg – €1,390;
  • 3rd – Frank Buggie, Ballyrider, Stradbally, Co. Laois – 653kg – €1480.

Best fat heifer:

  • 1st – Diarmuid O Sullivan, Ardoyne, Tullow, Co. Carlow – 645kg – €1690;
  • 2nd – Albert Grothier, Ullard, Fenagh, Co. Carlow – 565kg – €1400;
  • 3rd – Reps of Patrick Doyle, Ardnateggle, Killeshin, Co. Carlow – 650kg – €1560.

Best group of 2 or more store heifers:

  • 1st – Martin Dooley, Knockshawbally, Co. Kilkenny -465kg – €1135;
  • 2nd – Phyllis Hopkins, Broughillstown, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow – 490kg – €1,200;
  • 3rd – Patrick Byrne, Vermount, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow – 505kg – €1,025.

Best store heifer:

  • 1st – Eamonn Rigney, Brocca, Clonaslee, Co. Laois – 495kg – €1,145;
  • 2nd – James Meaney, The Ridge, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow – 440kg – €1,060;
  • 3rd – Eamonn Righney, Borcca, Clonaslee, Co. Laois -525kg – €1,140.

Best weanling heifer

  • James Ryan, Crowsgrove, Kildavin, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
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