Suck calf sales are now in full swing and it is clear that blonde-bred calves are in demand.
At Ballymena Market’s opening Suck Calf Sale, a Blonde heifer sired by Kilmoney Bruce was tapped out champion and later sold for £2750, weighing 240 kilos.
Dungannon Show and Sale had an exceptional turnout of over 50 blonde sired calves and was won by Conor Savage from Ballynahinch with his heifer calf, sired by his stock bull Drumraymond Grafter which went on to sell for £845 weighing 300 kilos.
Swatragh Show and Sale was won by a very smart heifer belonging to Martin Kelly, Limavady and sold for £830.
At all sales it was evident that Blonde cattle are very much in demand.
Cattle finishers are realising that Blonde-bred cattle are one of the most efficient beef breeds with kill out percentages of 65-70%, this means more meat less waste on a carcass. In fact, industry sources would suggest that a Blonde carcass is worth in the region of 12pence more per kilo because of their light bone and high percentage meat yield.
ASDA’s Sustainability Director, Dr Chris Brown, is proposing that farmers are paid on the meat yield of a carcass instead of carcass weight and if this were to come about, the Blonde carcass is in a league of its own.
So if you would like calves with a low birth weight, fast growth rate, high kill-out percentage, more meat and great conformation, go along to the Balmoral Bull Sales on the 31st October and view the excellent Blonde bulls on offer.
For more information on the Blonde breed, visit the website northernirelandblondecattleclub.co.uk or alternatively see the club’s Facebook page.