That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, attended Castlerea Co-operative Livestock Mart’s weanling show and sale (LM and CH) on Thursday, September 21st, 2023.
Prize-winning weanling bulls reached highs of €1,960 at Castlerea Co-operative Livestock Mart’s weanling show and sale (LM and CH) on Thursday, September 21st, 2023.
The Charolais-cross (DOB – 03-01-2023), which crossed the scales at 470kgs (€4.17/kg), is bred out of Progressive Genetics’ popular AI Charolais bull, Cloonaradoon Ricky, himself a Fiston x Cavelands Fenian son, and a Charolais-cross dam.
He snapped up the red rosette in the Charolais weanling bull class before pre-sale judge, Cian McGloin, tapped him out as the overall weanling bull champion of the day.
The second prize-winner in this class was a 340kg 27-04-2023-born entry out of a Limousin-cross dam, which sold for €1,780 or €5.24/kg, the highest price per kg recorded among weanling bull prize-winners.
Meanwhile, the yellow rosette winner in this category was a 27-01-2023-born entry out of a Charolais-cross dam, which clinched €1,700 or €4.25/kg, having weighed 400kgs.
Next, it was the turn of the Limousin weanling bulls, and the red ticket winner here was a 320kg entry out of a Belgian Blue-cross dam.
Born on 24-03-2023, he fetched €1,530 or €4.78/kg at Thursday’s sale.
Meanwhile, slightly behind on the price table at €1,500 was the second prize-winner, bred out of a Belgian Blue-cross dam also.
He was born on 16-01-2023 and weighed in at 420kgs, which equates to €3.57/kg.
Lastly, in this class, the yellow rosette recipient was bred out of a Charolais-cross dam, DOB – 09-01-2023, weighed in at 380kgs and went under the hammer for €1,430 or €3.76/kg.
Class sponsors as follows:
1 – Best Charolais Weanling bull:
- 1st – €60 – sponsored by Kevin Henry VS Castlerea;
- 2nd – €40 – sponsored by Kevin Henry VS Castlerea;
- 3rd – €30 – sponsored by Kevin Henry VS Castlerea.
3 – Best Limousin Weanling Bull
- 1st – €60 – sponsored by Progressive Genetics;
- 2nd – €40 – sponsored by Progressive Genetics;
- 3rd – €30 – sponsored by Progressive Genetics.
5 – Overall Champion Weanling Bull
- Trophy presented by Anthony Cahill, Cahill’s Supervalu and Décor Centre, plus one litre of dosage sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories (rep – Eddie Cronin).
Upcoming special sales:
- Thursday, September 28th, 2023 – Continental heifer show and sale and Belgian Blue Weanling Show and Sale;
- Monday, October 2nd, 2023 – AA Bullock Show & Sale;
- Thursday, October 5th, 2023 – AA Heifer Show & Sale.
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