Donegal Town Mart had over 400 weanlings through the ring at last Friday’s special spring weanling show and sale.

The trade was described as very brisk, with a number of live exporters and farmer buyers in attendance.

A lot of weanlings in the west are traded in the autumn time and the 2023 autumn trade meant that a lot of weanlings were shifted when prices were good.

Top call went to a super April 2023-born Limousin heifer weanling weighing 432kg and selling for €4,000 (€9.26/kg).

An April 2023-born Belgian Blue heifer weighing 410kg sold for €2,500 (€6.10/kg).

Good-quality Charolais and Limousin weanlings in the 300kg to 400kg weight bracket made from €3.30/kg to €3.70/kg, with a few exceptional heifers crossing the €4/kg barrier.

Heavy cattle

Heavy cattle were also in demand, with a number of heifers over 600kg hitting €3.20/kg and over it.

An April 2021-born Limousin heifer weighing 640kg sold for €2,130 (€3.33/kg).

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, mart manager Eimear McGuinness said: “We had a really top quality yard of weanlings last Friday, which were a credit to the local farmers that produced them and it’s great to see them getting rewarded with good prices.”

In pictures

This April 2023 born Limousin heifer weighed 432kg and sold for €4,000 (€9.26/kg).

This May 2023 born Charolais heifer weighed 320kg and sold for €1,200 (€3.75/kg).

This April 2021 born Limousin heifer weighed 640kg and sold for €2,130 (€3.33/kg).

This March 2023 born Limousin heifer weighed 382kg and sold for €1,380 (€3.61/kg).

This April 2023 born Belgian Blue heifer weighed 410kg and sold for €2,500 (€6.10/kg).