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Calf Trade remains strong with no lack of demand for Hereford sired calves.

Carnaross Mart

There was close to 700 head of calves entered into Carnaross Mart’s ring for the bank holiday Monday sale held this week.

Manager Jimmy O’Reilly stated:

“The Hereford calf is proving to command a good trade and both bulls and heifers were ranging from prices of €180/head up to highs of €455/head for a strong Hereford bull.”

Bandon Mart

Speaking this week to Agriland about the trade of calves, mart manager Sean Dennehy explained:

“Hereford bulls were generally selling at €135-275/head, with prices peaking at €450/head”.

“Hereford heifer calves were selling at €110-225/head – with prices for these fetching up to €340/head”.

Ennis & Kilrush Marts

At Ennis mart on Tuesday , Martin McNamara reported that calves met a strong trade with Hereford calves making from €150/head up to €375/head.

At Kilrush Mart on Wednesday, calf prices also seemed to be holding their own with Hereford calves making from €135/head up to €365/head.

*** Above article & Photo accredited to Michael carey, Calf Trade Article, Agriland, dated 07/05/2021***

Hereford calves were up €9 /Head this week again with the average price across the board for Hereford bulls being €220 & for heifers €178 respectively – *** Declan Marren, Irish Farmers Journal online, dated 05/05/2021***

Hereford sired calves still well in demand!

This week’s Calf sale in Bandon seen an unexpected lift in prices for traditionally sired calves once again.

Demand for Hereford sired calves has not yet slacked this Spring and has even improved again this week with a large number of Hereford sired calves sold for between €240 to €320 with lighter type calves making back to €220.

There was very little difference in price range between traditionally bred calves & continental calves with a great lift in demand for Hereford calves.

*** Above article & photos accredited to Tommy Moyles, ‘Camera at the Mart’, Irish Farmers Journal online, dated 26th April 2021***

This week Agriland took a look at recent calf sales held at Dungarvan, Mid-Tipp and Kilkenny Marts.

In terms of the trade this week, managers are reporting very few setbacks in the prices of beef-sired calves.

Dungarvan Mart

Agriland spoke with Dungarvan Mart manager, Ger Flynn, after this week’s calf sale on Thursday, who stated:

“The Hereford bull calves were in a big demand and sold up to €300/head, with the average price being €220/head.

“Hereford heifers were priced at €140-200/head this week,” Ger concluded.

Mid-Tipp Mart

Numbers were also back at Mid-Tipp Mart on Wednesday according to manager Martin Ryan. However, it left the prices stronger for calves that were presented for sale on the day. Martin stated: “Customers were not in short supply this week by any means. A good few were happy to buy the calves off the phone without even previewing the calves.”

Hereford bulls were in a big demand from farmers and saw prices reach up to €330/head and back to €210/head. Heifers were selling up to €260/head.

Kilkenny Mart

There was a “sharper trade” all around for calves at Kilkenny Mart on Tuesday – according to auctioneer George Chandler.

There was 100% clearance of 400 calves this week with Hereford bulls, fetching prices up to €300/head – while their female counterparts sold up to €280/head.

*** Above article accredited to Michael Carey, Calf Trade Report, Agriland, dated 30th April 2021***

Gurteragh and Drominarigle Hereford Production Sale 2021

Michael O’Keeffe of Gurteragh Horned & Drominarigle Polled Hereford Herd will hold a production sale in Kanturk mart on Saturday 5th June at 1pm.

There will be over 40 lots of Pedigree females & embryos for sale on the day – perfect to enhance any existing pedigree Hereford herd or ideal for a start-up herd!

The Gurteragh Horned and Drominarigle Polled Hereford herd was established in 1996 with the purchase of females from Irish breeders. Michael decided in 2015 to hold a sale of females. All cattle under 10 yrs of age were offered for sale. This consisted of 100 females. It turned out to be a wonderful sale, way beyond Michael’s expectations. After that sale, Michael had 10 old cows that had bred well and he decided to do some embryo work on some of them. Though Michael gets great enjoyment out of breeding pedigree Hereford cattle, with numbers in the herd rising he has made the decision to offer 40 females of various ages for sale.Being a member of the BDGP scheme means that he is not permitted to sell a cow and calf if the calf is under 5 months of age without being penalised, therefore, any cow or heifer that has calved since the 1st of January 2021 is not in the sale. All autumn calving cows are for sale along with all 2019 born in-calf heifers and 2020 born heifers.

The catalogue is available HERE or by contacting Michael direct on 087 9253369. All stock can be viewed on farm by contacting Michael on the same number.

Bidding online will be available on the day via LSL Auctions – buyers must register with Kanturk Mart in advance of the sale by contacting – Tel: (029) 50081.

Michael would like to wish all purchasers the very best of luck.

Calf trade remaining steady for stronger calves

The rise in beef calf numbers seems to be matching the demand for these calves judging by the prices seen in some marts with Hereford calves holding their own.

Bandon Mart

In Bandon last week, among the 1100 calves that were auctioned, stronger Hereford cross calves sold for between 250 – 330 with the younger calves selling for mainly upto as high as 220.

*** Above report & photo accredited to Tommy Moyles, Irish Farmers Journal, ‘In Pictures’ dated 19/04/21***

Enniscorthy Mart

There was a strong trade for beef calves in Enniscorthy last Wednesday as “Hereford bull calf prices saw the better calves selling at €270- €370/head, while the lighter type whitehead bull was selling at €180- €230/head.

“The Hereford heifers with a bit more quality and strength sold up to €300/head and back to €220/head.

Carnew Mart

At Carnew Mart last Saturday week, Hereford bulls were sold at €140- €300/head, while the Hereford heifer calves were fetching prices between upto €270/head.

Above report accredited to Michel Carey, agriland calf report dated 23/04/21***

Kilkenny April Bull Sale 2021

Kilkenny held their annual April multi-breed bull sale last week.

There was a good trade at the sale with a very good clearance rate of only three out of the 16 bulls presenting not being sold. Some of the bulls catalogued were sold at home prior to the sale – a trend that has been seen repeatedly through out the sales this season. The average price paid was €2642 and there was no bull sold for under €2450.

Top price on the day went to the Wexford Knockduff Hereford herd belonging to Michael Jones. Knockduffpoll 1 Kasper, born September 2019, was sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper & bred from a Kilsunny Goliath daughter. This Five Star Terminal & Replacement Index bull was sold to a Wicklow herd for €3200.

Knockduffpoll 1 Kasper sold for €3200

Knockmountagh Herefords also reached the €3000 mark for Knockmountagh Rebel. Bred by Eamon & John McKiernan of Knockmountagh Herefords, Louth; Rebel was sired by Haven Kingpin & bred from a Glaslough Esquire Dam. Rebel is a Four Star Terminal Index bull with Four Star carcase weight figures & was sold to a Kilkenny herd for €3000.

Knockmountagh Rebel (photographed a few months prior to the sale) sold for €3000.

The next best price on the day was for Arnagross Rory, bred by Thomas Plunkett of Arnagross Herefords, Westmeath. Born October 2019 & sired by Blackwater Master, Rory is a Four Star Terminal & Five Star carcase weight bull. Rory sold to a fellow Hereford breeder from Kilkenny for €2900.

Arnagross Rory (photographed a few months prior to the sale) sold for €2900

Glenn Jacob of Dunsinane Herefords, Wexford sold Dunsinane Ultra. Ultra was born August 2019 & was sired by Bowmont Vancouver D103. Ultra, with a Five Star figure for conformation & daughter calving interval was sold to a Kilkenny herd for € 2700.

Well done to all breeders & the very best of luck to all purchasers.

Upcoming Hereford Sales

Nenagh Spring Hereford Bull Sale will be held on Saturday 15th May at 1pm.

Full Sale Catalogue is available HERE & by contacting the society office.

Bidding will be available online via

Sale Guidelines will be available shortly at