€1,700 was tops at Mountbellew dairy herd sale

This 645kg. Friesian cow sold for €850 at Mountbellew Mart on Monday. Photo: Hany Marzouk.
This 645kg. Friesian cow sold for €850 at Mountbellew Mart on Monday. Photo: Hany Marzouk.

THERE was over an 80% clearance of the Mountbellew Ag. College’s dispersal sale of dairy cows on the Bank Holiday Monday with a top price of €1,700 achieved.

45 out of the 55 cows offered for sale were bought up at the Mountbellew sale, with the average price range coming in at the €1,300 to €1,400 mark.

The sale attracted a big turnout of buyers from the dairy sector – a red Friesian (570kg), carrying her third calf, with her time due in April topped the prices on €1,700.

Dairy technician and herd manager at Mountbellew College, John Tully, told the Farming Tribune that demand was strong on the day and that they were happy with the sales.

He said that the sale was to facilitate the setting up of a Jersey X (cross) herd [crossed with Friesians] and to compare their overall performance with that of the existing Friesian herd.

“It’s an exercise to try and establish what’s the most suitable dairy cow for the western region in terms of animal size, milk yields and milk quality,” said John Tully.

He said that the Jersey X had the advantage of producing higher quality milk as well as being a smaller animal to maintain through the year. This had to be compared and contrasted with the traditional Friesian herds producing higher quantities of milk.

The lower end prices at the sale bottomed out at around the €850 mark, for a cow not in-calf.