Thurles Mart gearing up for Ireland’s first ever sale of buffalo calves

The first ever sale of buffalo calves in Ireland will take place in Thurles Mart in Co. Tipperary tomorrow (Wednesday, September 3).

Originally, herd owner Johnny Lynch, based in Macroom, Co. Cork, planned to sell just two of the animals in Thurles.

However, following a massive response on social media – and some 400 people registering to bid for the calves on the online mart sales service Mart Eye – Johnny has decided to bring six more, for a total of eight.

Check out this video (below) of Johnny’s herd.

Speaking to AgriLand, Jamie Nolan of Mart Eye said: “This has just gone bananas. Our phones could not stop ringing.”

Four of the calves are five months old, while four are a year old, Nolan explained.

“I think they’re going to make stupid money. They would be ideal for a pet or something different,” Nolan said.

He also said that the calves are far more docile than one might expect.

“They’re pure docile things… They’re as docile as dairy,” Nolan added.

He also described how Lynch phoned him up and said: “I’m going to have to bring more”, such was the massive interest in the two original calves that were set to be sold.

The sale is at 4:00pm tomorrow. Due to social distancing, there will be a limited number of people actually physically around the ring, but interested buyers can register to bid on Mart Eye, which will broadcast the sale.