Kildalton Agricultural College is selling 30 dairy yearling heifers by tender, with Monday March 6 the closing date for receipt of bids.

“We produce 50 replacement heifers each year, of which we only need 25,” said Kildalton’s James Ryan.

“It is Teagasc policy to sell stock by tender only. The animals for sale are January 2016-born calves. They average 322kg in weight and are ready for bulling. Their average EBI value is €166.”

According to Ryan, 24 of the heifers are Friesians, the others are cross-breds.

“All of the heifers are AI-bred, bar one. She was sired by a stock bull on the farm.”

The Kildalton herd comprises 112 spring calving cows. They are currently averaging 463kg of milk solids per annum.

“The herd has a very young age profile with 60 of the milking group either first or second calvers. We are currently breeding to improve both EBI and fertility.”

Ryan said that the heifers for sale can be viewed up to the closing date for tenders.

“We have sold heifers in the past to Scotland. However, in such instances, the purchasers must make all of the relevant arrangements when it comes to securing export certification. This would be equally relevant to buyers from Northern Ireland.”

Kildalton has prepared a catalogue, featuring full details on all the animals to be included in the sale.

“We can post out copies of the catalogue on request. Bids will be accepted up to 5.00pm on March 6.”

For further details, contact Kildalton College on (051) 644400.