Top-priced bullock sells for €2,580 at Kilrush Mart

Kilrush Mart, Co. Clare, held its cattle show and sale on Wednesday, February 21. Prizes were offered for cows, heifers and bullocks. The sale attracted strong numbers and a good trade was reported for all lots on the day.


A mix of Friesian and continental cows were on offer. Friesian cow prices stood at €1.50-1.90/kg; a top price of €1,030 was achieved. Continental cows made up to €2.25/kg and a 910kg Limousin cow topped out at €1,720 or €1.89/kg.

Sample cull cow prices:
  • Limousin: 910kg – €1,720 or €1.89/kg;
  • Friesian: 555kg – €925 or €1.67/kg;
  • Angus: 860kg – €1,330 or €1.54/kg;
  • Friesian: 570kg – €835 or €1.46/kg;
  • Limousin: 820kg – €1,520 or €1.85/kg.

Heifers and bullocks

A good farmer demand for heavy heifers was evident at the sale. Overall, both heavy and light heifers met a lively trade. A 360kg Charolais heifer fetched €970 or €2.69/kg.

Sample heifer prices:
  • Limousin: 725kg – €1,710 or €2.36/kg;
  • Shorthorn: 285kg – €770 or €2.33/kg;
  • Charolais: 700kg – €1,640 or €2.24/kg;
  • Hereford: 300kg – €660 or €2.20/kg;
  • Simmental: 382kg – €945 or €2.47/kg.

The bullocks traded were to a high standard, a mart spokesperson said, with some excellent Hereford and Angus stock on offer.

Taking first prize, a 630kg Hereford bullock made €1,360 or €2.16/kg. However, a 1,145kg Belgian Blue steer achieved the top price on the day at €2,580.


There was a large increase in the number of calves present at the sale when compared to the corresponding sale last week.

Attracting a large farmer demand, light Friesian calves sold for €70-€105, strong lots sold up to €170 and Angus calves made €190-240. A number of Hereford calves were also up for grabs and these sold to a top price of €330.

Despite the solids returns achieved, the mart advised farmers to keep calves for three weeks in order to obtain the highest prices.