Pics: Buyers drive in-calf heifers to €3,050 at ‘packed’ Balla sale

Walter Brennan’s 10th annual in-calf heifer sale took place at Balla Mart on Friday last (November 17). A huge crowd attended the sale that kicked off at 7:00pm.

The mart’s Anthony Murphy was delighted with the turnout and said that the sale was a major success.

“It was a full house here at Balla mart. Walter Brennan is a local farmer and has an in-calf heifer sale at this time every year.

People came from near and far. There were even people here from Co. Donegal; it was a great success.

On the night, heifers made €1,550-3,050. The top price was achieved by two animals. The first was a March-2014 born, 4-star Charolais-cross heifer served on the March 20, 2017, to a sexed female straw from FTY – a Limousin bull.

The second was a July-2014 born, pedigree Charolais heifer. In calf to Fiston, she’s due to calve on Christmas Day. In addition, a 93% clearance rate was achieved – with only two heifers going unsold.

Click on a thumbnail in the gallery (below) to open up a full-size image; once opened you can scroll sideways to see the next picture. Refer to each caption to see details of each lot, including the sale price.