Positive start to Cork Limousin Club first autumn commercial heifer sale!
Following on from their successful commercially focussed field evening on the farm of Michael J. O’Regan, Skibbereen, in July, Monday October 18 saw the Cork Limousin Club host their first ever commercial breeding heifer autumn sale. The sale was held in conjunction with Cork Co-op Marts in Bandon. Considered a bold move, to hold a Limousin heifer sale in the heart of dairy country, the sale was a success. Satisfaction with the heifers presented was expressed by discerning local suckler farmers who competed strongly for the quality lots on offer. The sale saw heifers sell to an average of €893 or a princely €422 with the weight. According to Cork Club Chairman Michael Pat Murphy “we didn’t reach the dizzy prices paid at the well established sales like Roscrea run by the South East Limousin Club for some years, but we believe our sale accomplished what we set out to achieve. The majority of heifers were rapidly bid well beyond commercial beef value. It was a start and something we intend building on over the coming seasons. While all heifers did not sell, some sellers were perhaps a little unrealistic in terms of expectation”. Prices peaked at €1180 or €700 with the weight for a stylish pair of red heifers consigned by Ernest Jennings, Skibbereen. They were purchased by local export weanling producer Colin Draper. Other notable prices included €1120 received by Micheal O’Riordan, Watergrasshill and €1010 for another heifer from Ernest Jennings. All heifers were pre-selected, guaranteed suitable for breeding and tested free of BVD virus. “Quality replacements with superior health status is what the modern profit focussed suckler man is after and that is what we provided here today in the form of top end Limousin heifers ready for service, guaranteed free of BVD” said Dan O’Mahony, vice-chairman Cork Limousin Club.
Sale committee chairman and PRO of Cork Limousin Club Frank Buckley expressed his gratitude to Tom McCarthy, popular mart manager CCM Bandon and Skibbereen, for facilitating the sale. “Tom was a pleasure to work with and did his best for us every step”
The club also wish to extend thanks to the farmers who brought heifers forward. They are to be complimented for the quality of their Limousin stock and their commitment to Limousin. To the purchasers we wish you the very best of luck with your Limousin heifers and we look forward to your support again next season.