The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) suckler committee chairperson, Dermot Kelleher, says now is the time to be sending strong weanlings to the mart.
“Any good weanlings weighing 350 kilos and upwards should be sent to the mart now, while prices are strong and you’ll get a good return on them. There is no point in holding on to them for another while if they’re good enough to be sold now for a decent profit,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
Mr Kelleher also recommended going to the effort of taking the cattle to the mart, rather than selling them from the farm.
“It’s very difficult to get the best price for weanlings when you’re selling them in your own yard – particularly when cattle are dear, as they are at the moment. I would strongly advise anyone selling their weanlings to go to the mart where you’ll know exactly what weight they are and you can make sure you get the best price for them,” he said.