Charity cattle sale in Offaly

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Charity cattle sale in Offaly Mart

Charity cattle sale in Offaly Mart

A first ever ‘Bothar Weanling for Heifer’ sale is set to take place on 10th September 2018 in Tullamore Mart, when up to €10,000 worth of livestock will be put to the hammer to support Bothor’s ongoing appeal to help Rwandan genocide victim families transform their lives through gifts of Irish dairy heifers.

The proceeds from the sale will go towards rearing heifers until they are sent in-calf at 18 months old to Rwanda, a country which suffered a huge genocide back in 1994.

"An Irish dairy cow for these people is like winning the lotto. It’s a huge life changer; it’s the difference between living in dire poverty and being able to send their children to school," Pat Mahon told the Offaly Express.

A local Rwandan cow would give about a litre of milk a day and an Irish cow would give 20 times that. The first female calves born from the animals sent to Rwanda will be passed on to another family in the Rwandan community to help educate them.

“It is the gift that keeps on giving”, Nelson Mandela famously said –“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”

Tullamore Mart is backing the initiative and hopes that the people will come out in force to support the event organised by Pat Mahon, Mount Bolus Co Offaly Farmer and Bothar volunteer. All animals will be auctioned in aid and support of the Bothar project. 

Weanlings have already been donated by farmers from, Moate and Tyrellspass Co Westmeath, Coolderry, Clonbollougue, Geashill, Kilcormack, Rahan and Mountbolus, Co Offaly, Clonaslee Co Laois, and Roscrea Co Tipperary

Farmers have also made cash and cheque donations,{both large and small} and many more donations are pledged to the ‘Donation box’ to be provided on the night.