Congratulations to Tom Fitzmaurice, based just over the Roscommon Mayo border in Derrynacong, who recently won first prize in the small herds category of Irish Charolais Cattle Society’s Suckler Herds Competition.
Tom farms on his own and keeps approximately 20 suckler cows. The cows are a mix of Simmental, Limousin and Charolais crosses. Tom is well known in the area for producing top-quality Charolais weanlings and for the last four years he has sold his Charolais cross weanling bulls at the Show and Sale in Castlerea Mart. He has won ‘Overall Champion’ on three out of those four years as well as achieving the top price on all three occasions.
Tom’s weanling heifers are usually sold off-farm to repeat customers, as he explained to the ICCS website recently: “I have any amount of customers for my Charolais weanlings. The same men have been buying from me for years”.
Last year, Tom’s weanling bulls sold for an average of €1,152 at an average weight of 390kgs. His Overall Champion of the Show weighed 445kgs and sold for €1,440. The heifers were sold off-farm at an average of €900, and average weight of 300kgs. The average age of these heifers was just seven months. This year’s weanling bulls will once again go for sale at the annual show and sale in Castlerea Mart.