The in-calf heifer trade has seen a strong few weeks, especially in the west.

Elphin in particular has had a few great few weeks of sales of replacement suckler stock. It’s become the go-to town for in-calf heifers, with great demand from both commercial and specialist fatstock producers for the right type of stock. Friday night saw 115 heifers, the property of Galway farmers Pat Dillon and Tom Corbett, go through the ring. Heifers were all handpicked in marts and on farms around the country. Most were spring 2019-born Limousin and Simmental crosses, with a few Belgian Blue heifers scattered through them.