Salers Crossbred Heifer Sale
The 11th annual Salers crossbred heifer sale took place on Thursday 27th October in Gort Mart, Co. Galway. The evening sale saw its biggest ever entry, reflecting the increased number of suckler farmers running Salers bulls with their herds. The current downturn in beef prices played its part, with prices slightly back on last years very successful sale.
However, despite this years difficult circumstances there was strong demand for quality lots on the night with buyers coming from right across the country including Northern Ireland.
In-calf heifers averaged close to €1400 with a top price of €1710. Maiden heifers averaged €1060 with a top price of €1750. Weanling heifers, many of which were late spring born and consequently quite light, averaged €850. The top priced weanling heifer, achieving €1950, was a promising ten month old pedigree registered heifer from the Clew Bay herd of Mr. Tom McGeal, Westport, Co. Mayo. She found a new home in the Manusmore herd of Mr. John Burke, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.
First Calves from Highfield Odran SA2153
The first calves from the autumn 2015 Gene Ireland beef bulls are currently being born on farms. Here are some of Highfield Odran’s first progeny. Pictured below are three of the first calves to be born by the Salers Gene Ireland bull ‘Highfield Odran’ SA2153
Highfield Odran has a replacement index of €161(5 Star) @ 44% reliability on his latest genomic proof (August 2016). Genomics has increased Odran’s reliability by 20% since Odran was first in the Gene Ireland catalogue 12 months ago.
Highfield Odran bull calf out of a STQ cow. This calf weighed 51kg at birth
Highfield Odran heifer calf out of a PCH cow. This calf weighed 43kg at birth
Highfield Odran heifer calf out of a BBX cow. This calf weighed 43kg at birth
All three calves were born in August 2016. Thanks to Trevor Boland for sending in these photos to ICBF and recording the birth weights on these calves.
Carrentubber Pinocchio AI code SA2366. Straws available at €5.00 each from ICBF - Gene Ireland 045-521573