Hereford calves continue in high demand across Irish marts

This week and last has seen big demand for Hereford calves across the nation with high prices being achieved for good Hereford cross bulls & heifers that in some cases matched prices being paid for continental sired calves.


There were nearly 300 calves on offer at Carnaross Mart’s weekly calf sale last week.

One of the top prices on the day went to a late November 2021-born Hereford-cross heifer which sold for €500. Another November born Hereford cross heifer sold for €400 on the day also.

***Report & Images accredited to Breifne O’Brien / Agriland/ Feb 11th


During the calf sale in Kilmallock last Monday, 14th February, Hereford cross calves were on a high with a Hereford bull calf topping the Hereford trade at €410.


Carnew Mart held its weekly calf sale last Saturday, February 12th, which saw over 360 calves presented for sale.

A number of marts in recent weeks have begun displaying dam breed for calves being sold. Commenting on this, the mart manager said: “Displaying the dam’s breed on the board really gave buyers more confidence when buying calves”.

Good coloured calves were in high demand with Hereford-cross bull calves selling for between €280 and €360.

***Report accredited to Brian McDonnell / Agriland/ Feb 15th


There were top class prices and 100% clearance for calves at Cootehill Livestock Mart this week!

This 15 day old Hereford bull calf made €320;

The Hereford whiteface gives a great advantage over other breeds and the confidence to farmers that they are purchasing what ‘it says on the tin’ but also that they’re buying a good, growthy calf that will thrive and produce good carcase weights.

Purchase your next top Hereford sire an upcoming Hereford Spring sale near you;

Spring Sales 2022

  • Premier Spring Show & Sale Tullamore: Saturday March 26th
  • Carrick-on-Shannon multi-breed sale: Saturday 9th April
  • Bandon multi-breed sale: Wednesday 13th April
  • Kilmallock: Saturday April 16th
  • Nenagh: Thursday April 21st
  • Nenagh: Saturday May 28th

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