Carnew mart in Co Wicklow held a special suckler sale on Wednesday last. The sale included the clearance of local farmer Colin Tyner’s top-quality 100-cow suckler herd.
The cows on offer were a mixture of Limousin cross, Parthenaise cross, Angus cross and Hereford cross, with the majority calving from February to the first half of April to a super Belgian Blue stock bull.
The foundation of the herd is Limousin cross cows sourced from the same dairy herd with Angus cross heifers sourced in recent years.
A high percentage of these cows were rated as four or five star on the replacement index. The Parthenaise and Hereford cross cows in the herd have been bred from the Limousin cross cows, with many of these rated as one-to-three star cows.
This Parthenaise cross second calver weighing 540kg, born March 2016 and due to calve 11 March 2019 sold for €1,260.
The herd generated strong demand with the best competition for young cows with good conformation.
Prices ranged for these cows from €1,200 to €1,450, with a couple of cows breaking the €1,500 mark. Older cows with good confirmation and younger Angus cross cows sold from €1,000 to €1,200 with a small number of lighter and aged cows from €800 to €1,000.
There was also an entry of 10 Angus cross heifers calving next spring at two years of age to an easy-calving Hereford stock bull. These heifers weighed from 450kg to 480kg on average and sold from €780 to €880.
This Belgian Blue cross cow weighing 690kg, born April 2011 and due to calve on 24 April, sold for €1,200.
The Belgian Blue stock bull also generated high levels of interest weighing 1,000kg and selling for €3,400. The 2012-born bull has super terminal figures possessing a terminal index €uro-Star value of €229. This is driven by a massive carcase weight figure of 62kg and a conformation score of 3.45.
For these figures, the bull is relatively good on his calving difficulty score with a predicted calving difficulty of 9.3%. The December 2014-born Hereford stock bull weighed 1,069kg and sold for €1,600.
The sale also coincided with the launch of Martbids at Carnew Mart, a new App brought to you by the Irish Farmers Journal and livestock marts which can be downloaded for free on Google Play and the App store.
It allows users to access a range of details on animals including breed, age, movement, QA and ICBF status, etc, before they enter the sales ring and also allows monitoring of prices while present in the mart.
This Hereford cross cow weighing 642kg, born January 2015 and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold fro €1,160.
This light Angus cross cow weighing 468kg, born February 2016 and possessing a replacement index of €108, sold for €800.
This red Parthenaise cross cow born March 2010, weighing 718kg and due to calve 18 March 2019, sold for €1,240.
This Hereford cross cow with a replacement index of €82, born March 2015 and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold for €1,240.
This Limousin cross cow born March 2012, weighing 750kg and due to calve 17 February 2019, sold for €1,360.
This young January 2016-born Hereford cross cow, weighing 704kg and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold for €1,400.
This Limouisn cross cow with a high replacement index of €192, weighing 678kg, born March 2011 and due to calve 17 February 2019, sold for €1,180.
This 660kg Parthenaise cross cow, born February 2008 and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold for €1,120.
This large-framed 778kg Parthenaise cross cow, born February 2009 and due to calve 10 February 2019, sold for €1,280.
This March 2015-born Parthenasie cross cow, weighing 704kg, sold for €1,500.
This February-2007 born Limousin cross cow weighing 700kg, possessing a replacement index of €121 and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold for €1,080.
This 662kg Angus cross cow born March 2015, possessing a replacement index of €138 and due to calve 1 March 2019, sold for €1,100.
This March-2014 born Parthenaise cross cow, weighing 632kg and due to calve 11 April 2019, sold for €1,340.
This July-2004 born Limousin cross cow, weighing 678kg and due to calve March 2019, sold for €1,100.
This Hereford cross cow born March 2015, weighing 644kg and due to calve 12 February 2019, sold for €1,360.
This 450kg Angus cross heifer born 450kg, born April 2017, possessing a replacement index of €120 and due to calve 11 March, sold for €820.
This Angus cross heifer weighing 478kg, born March 2017, possessing a replacement index of €138 and due to calve 11 March 2019, sold for €840.