The Calves For Ukraine fundraiser in Kilcullen Livestock Mart today is expected to raise over €25,000.
With ringside and online bidders present, 62 lots of calves passed through the sale ring. Calves were donated from farms in Kildare, Wicklow and Laois, with a Limousin calf catching the top price on the day at €610.
In the wake of the war in Ukraine, Kildare West Wicklow IFA decided to organise the sale to raise much-needed funds for the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. Leinster Marts came onboard to run the sale, with Kilcullen hosting their first calf sale in 20 years.
Kildare West Wicklow IFA Chair Thomas O’Connor and Treasurer Eugene Lawler were the key organisers of the sale and Thomas O’Connor said he was delighted with the level of support the sale received.
“The sale was a huge success. I would like to thank all the farmers who had donated calves and made donations, and also Leinster Marts who hosted and ran the sale, along with Connolly’s Red Mills in Baltinglass who donated calf meal and jackets,” Thomas O’Connor said.
“The support has been overwhelming and the donations exceeded all expectations. It’s looking like we’ve raised over €25,000 but donations are still coming in. Anyone who still wishes to donate can do so by calling Leinster Marts Kilcullen,” the Kildare West Wicklow Chair added.
Minister Martin Heydon was also in attendance and commended the organisers for their efforts in raising funds for the Ukrainian people.