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Lift in demand for Hereford calves this week!

Prices for Hereford calves were boosted this week again in Bandon mart.

The better quality calves made between €280 – €350 for both Hereford bulls & heifers. The age of these calves were between two & five weeks old but what remained constant, according to the Irish Farmers Journal, “was that they were solid, square calves and the feeding they received showed in the ring”.

Lighter calves got a lift on last week with the majority of them being sold for €180 – €280.

Calf numbers are on a par with this time last year with 1200 calves, of all breeds, presenting in Bandon & the peak is not expected for another two to three weeks yet.

Overall – the average prices paid in the last week for Hereford bull calves was €248 with the average paid for Hereford heifers being slightly lower at €204. These figures are slightly down from the previous week but still holding their own.

***Report & Photos accredited to the Irish Farmers Journal, online, In Pictures article, dated: 22nd February 2021***

GoldenRed Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale 2021

It is with a heavy heart that David Dolan and family have decided to sell out their relatively newly established herd of Hereford cattle. This is not a decision that was taken lightly by the breeders but due to family circumstances it is for the best.

The sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on Monday April 5th at 3:30pm in conjunction with the weekly sale.

GoldenRed Herefords have 19 lots of cattle for sale including;

  • In-calf cows
  • In-calf heifers
  • Cows with calves at foot
  • Young heifers
  • Young bulls
  • Stock bull – Solitude 1 Tyson

Viewing of cattle will be available from 1pm in the mart & all buying will be online with online bidding through LSL Livestock-live app.

Viewing is also available on farm beforehand – contact David on 086 4539445 to arrange.

Full Catalogue will be available shortly.

The Society would like to wish the Dolan Family the very best of luck with this sale & all their future endeavors.


The Kilsunny Herd of Trevor Dudley & Family, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary is pleased to announce the private export sale of the 12 month old, yearling bull, Kilsunny Rambo to Ballycrune Herefords, Northern Ireland.

Kilsunny Rambo had just reached his first birthday at the end of January and is a son of the Dudley’s well-known show cow, Kilsunny Lass Lily who has won three consecutive 1st prizes at the National Hereford Show, Tullamore from 2017 – 2019 inclusive, just missing out on a chance to make it 4 wins in a row after last year’s show was cancelled due to Covid-19. Rambo’s grand-dam, Kilsunny Lass Gem also won three consecutive 1st prizes at Tullamore (2010 – 2012) with his great grand-dam, Kilsunny Lass Scarlet also taking a coveted red ribbon at Tullamore in 2000, making him a potential 4th generation national title holder himself.

Kilsunny Rambo

In addition to his stellar pedigree, Rambo also carries a 5 star terminal index from ICBF with a carcass weight figure of +11.5kg, which is nearly three times the official breed average. His aforementioned dam also boasts a calving interval of 358 days between her last two calvings (and a 335 day calving interval for the two calvings before that) with the national average recorded by ICBF for calving interval in suckler cows standing at 395 days for 2020. Lass Lily has also proven herself to be a prolific brood cow with her first son, Kilsunny Ozzy selling to Springvilla Herefords at the 2018 IHBS Autumn Premier in Tullamore and her first daughter, Kilsunny Lass Porscha selling privately at just 9 months to Toberleigh Herefords in the winter of 2019.

 It was this balance between proven show ring performance and superior genetic potential on the back of his outstanding breeding figures that made the 12 month old Rambo an attractive proposition for buyer, Colin McCord who snapped him up to stand as junior herd sire for his pedigree Hereford herd in Co. Down. The sale was initiated over social media (with the Dudley’s now selling about 50% of their pedigree bulls online, with a following of over 80,000 on Instagram alone) with the bull departing Kilsunny for his new home in Co. Down last weekend.

Calf numbers at sales increase but prices holding firm

Calf sales kicked off steady this week with some marts running their first calf sale of the season.

In Bandon mart last Monday, there was 1,000 calves on offer with Herefords holding their own. Across the board, there appears to be more three week old calves coming out this week compared to the numbers of four week old calves out in previous weeks. Most Hereford calves sold for between €200 – €300 with the top price for bulls of €360 being reached.

In Cashel Mart; Hereford bull prices were weaker on the ground with tops making €280 but calves were much younger with the average calf age at two weeks old. Hereford heifers held a stronger trade with a top price of €280 and the average price of €255, again for younger calves (two weeks old).

According to data compiled by the Irish Farmers Journal this week; there were more three-week-old calves out for sale than any other ages group and the average top price across the board was; €292 for Hereford bulls & €242 for Hereford heifers, with younger calves bringing down the average.

****Above reports & photo accredited to Irish Farmers Journal dated 20th February 2021 & Online 15th February 2021***

Reported by Agriland this week;

Kilkenny calf sale was held on Tuesday with Hereford bull calves making €360/head and heifers making €310.

Top price for Hereford bull calves in Tullow this week was €300.

Calves making €50/Head more compared to this time last year

Dairy-beef calves as a whole are earning €50/Head more than they did this time last year with strong prices being paid for early born 2021 calves.

There have been 20,000 more calves registered this year already in comparison with this period last year but mart managers can confirm that the demand is there to match the supply. Traditional beef-sired calves are reaching highs of €430.

There were 140 calves sold in GVM Kilmallock last Monday with the majority being beef-sired calves.

Hereford bull calves earned a top price of €385 with Hereford heifers selling for a top price of €380.

Most Hereford bulls & heifers were sold for between €220 – €320.

This is positive news for the Hereford breed and with Hereford bull sales just around the corner – it is a better time than ever for dairy farmers to invest in their next top Hereford sire & reap the rewards that is currently being seen in marts nationwide.

Irish Hereford Premier Bull Sale will be held in GVM Tullamore on 27th March 2021 – keep an eye out on this website for more details!

*** Article & Photos credited to Shane Murphy, Irish Farmers Journal, 13th February 2021***