Last Friday, Edenderry Mart hosted its fourth calf sale of the year.
This is the first year the mart has hosted a stand-alone calf sale and while numbers were small, hopes are high for future renewals following a decent showing.
Speaking about the sale, mart manager Dennis Byrne said: “We never really had a calf sale here in Edenderry, but I suppose we started this year in response to so many people in the area getting into dairying.”
Auctioneer Johnny Doyle said: “Trade was good enough. Friesian bull calves sold up to €150, with the ordinary ones back to around €60. A number of beef breeds also sold well throughout the day.”
In total, 70 calves were presented for sale, with 62 finding new homes - an 89% clearance rate.
Securing the top price of €300 was a well-made, one-month-old Angus heifer.
Prices for Angus animals started at €130, with the average exceeding €200.
Angus bulls were light on the ground, but prices were in a similar range.
A good entry of Simmental bull calves were offered and recorded an average of €270 per head. These ranged from €205 for light calves up to €285 for better lots or those with colour.
Hereford heifer calves sold from €180 to €285, with average resting at slightly above €220 per head. Again, Hereford bulls were few on the ground, but made similar prices.
As highlighted by Doyle, Friesian bulls made up to €150. The €100 mark was seldom hit, but when it was it was for squarer British Friesian-type calves.