Tullamore Farm held its annual in-calf and maiden heifer sale in Central Auctions, Roscrea on Wednesday 25 October.
Twenty-five heifers, 20 in-calf heifers and seven maiden heifers were presented for sale on the night. All heifers are genotyped 4 or 5 stars on the replacement index, and are eligible for the BDGP scheme.
All heifers were spring 2022-born, with most sired by AI sires like Tomschoice Imperial, Brooklands Marco, HJD, OHD, Norman Inventor, Clonagh Frosty KIng and Curaheen Earp.
Heifers have been bred to calve at two years old in January, February and March 2024, and are in-calf to LM2014, EBY, Brooklands Marco and a Salers stock bull.
All heifers had been scanned with dates for AI and natural service. Eight of the heifers in this year’s sale were bred using sexed female semen and all are scanned carrying heifer calves.
On the night, it was the stronger heifers over 600kg that met the most demand, with the top price going to a February 2022-born Clonagh Frosty King daughter. She had a replacement index of €157 and was scanned in-calf to Brooklands Marco calving in February 2024, and was knocked down at €2,520.
The next highest price was €2,500, paid for a February 2022-born daughter of Curaheen Earp in-calf, so a sexed female straw of EBY, and due to calve in January 2024.
Next highest call was €2,360 for a February 2022-born Hideal heifer carrying an EBY heifer-calf, and due to calve in January. She had a replacement index of €141.
Following close behind was a February 2022-born Clonagh Frosty King heifer carrying an EBY heifer calf, selling for €2,340.
The sale averaged €1,977/head for the in-calf heifers and €1,490/head for the maiden heifers. The top price for a maiden heifer was €1,720 for a 570kg Charolais heifer.
Watch some of the top prices from the sale: