Weanling Farmers Should Explore “Selective Selling”

IRELAND - Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) Suckler Chairman, Dermot Kelleher, has advised farmers currently selling weanlings to explore the possibility of “selective selling”.
calendar icon 12 September 2011
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Dermot Kelleher: “The weanling trade is doing very well at present but there are certain ways a farmer can take full advantage of high prices at the ringside."

"Unless a weanling is tipping the scales at 350 kg then they simply shouldn’t be sold. We have a tendency of selling our weanlings in bunches but maybe that isn’t always the best option as some of the younger, weaker animals bring down the overall price. Price per kilo is important but the overall price of a weanling is more important and this is more likely to be achieved by selling the weanlings on a more gradual timescale.”

“If the farmer has the opportunity to sell some of the stronger weanlings he has, then there’ll be more room at the creep feeder and more grass for the smaller animals so they then have the opportunity to thrive. Earlier selling of the best weanlings often coincides with higher prices and the more backward ones get a chance to put on more weight."

"However, selective selling may not suit every farmer especially where lorry transport is used."

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