No basic payment. No disadvantaged payment. Clearly the right buttons aren’t being pressed

No basic payment. No disadvantaged payment. Clearly the right buttons aren’t being pressed
At Corrin mart Tuesday, eight Limousin crosses, born April 2016, which weighed 590kg and sold for €800.

I don’t want to frighten or alarm you this week, but I have yet to receive a cent of my Basic Farm Payment or Disadvantaged Payment.

And yes, as you can imagine, I’m in the horrors because of the delay.

The wait is driving me out of my mind. It’s giving me nightmares far worse than anything conjured up by watching a Halloween movie.

Haunting dreams, the kind where the payment will never arrive, and I will vanish into a hole in the ground.

I’m like your man in the famous Psycho movie, only I don’t own a motel or dress up in my mother’s clothes. I’m howling at the moon, crying out at night for my payments.

Clearly the right button aren’t being pressed in the right places to allocate the sending of the sum.

And at this stage I don’t care who presses the button, it can be Niall Collins, Timmy Dooley, or even Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

I don’t care if it’s done by a phantom or a ghoul.

And I don’t care if it’s pressed on purpose or by mistake. Or in the words of John B Keane, if it’s done ‘accidentally on purpose’.

I just want my money to keep my show afloat.

I need a man or woman with an itchy finger, how else am I to survive?

I spotted over the week that my local minister, Michael Creed, announced the long-awaited bypass of Macroom is to finally get under way.

The money is there.

Well Minister, I’ll need a bypass myself soon if my own allocation of funding isn’t forthcoming. The heart won’t take much more.

And so, with my pockets as empty and dry as Dracula’s old casket, we will head to the marts, where a poor man like me has about as much business in attending as the devil has in going to mass.

We might as well start with Macroom on Saturday, before it gets by-passed.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 1 AA steer 560kg 1055
  • 6 Hr steers 395kg 790
  • 1 Lm steer 465kg 1010
  • 1 AU steer 385kg 880
  • 3 Lm heifers 455kg 900
  • 1 Lm cow 665kg 980
  • 1 Fr cow 700kg 930

Dry cows here sold from €240 under to €315 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €205 to €495 with their weight.

Continental bullocks made from €300 to €545 with their weight. Heifers in Macroom mart made from €170 to €475 with the kilo.

Weanling bulls sold from €190 to €500 over the kilo. Weanling heifers sold from €180 to €410 over the kilo in Macroom on Saturday.

It’s not all horror stories this week, Seamus O’Keeffe of Kanturk mart had some positive news for us.

“680 animals came under the hammer here at Kanturk mart on Tuesday.

We had a much better sale than last week, with cattle up €80 to €100 a head.

Kanturk mart’s next show and sale for spring born weanlings takes place on Tuesday, November 5.

It’s sponsored by Dovea Genetics and Greenvale Animal feeds, with prizes to the value €2,000 on offer.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 3 BB steers 765kg 1140
  • 2 Hr steers 615kg 970
  • 2 AA steers 595kg 900
  • 2 Ch heifers 565kg 1100
  • 3 Hr heifers 510kg 950
  • 1 Lm cow 775kg 1180
  • 1 Fr cow 855kg 980

“We had our annual fatstock show and sale here in Castleisland on Wednesday last,” said mart manager John Humphreys when we spoke earlier in the week.

“And I must compliment the vendors on the quality of stock on offer.

With close to a complete clearance, we had buyers from all corners of Ireland.

“That said, though, there were a lot of cows coming straight out of the parlour, showing the signs of a summer of hard work.

“There was good demand for fleshy cows, with older cows making €0.55/kg, and good beef cows making up to €1.72/kg.”

Looking at their more recent sale of weanlings on Monday, John added, “We had a very lively weanling sale here at Castleisland on Monday.

While shippers were a bit quieter, their place was more than taken up with eager farmer buyers.

“The lighter weanling was the order of the day, with some bulls making €3/kg and weanling heifers up to €2.80/kg.”

Castleisland

Wednesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 2 Ch steers 406kg 905
  • 4 Hr steers 499kg 915
  • 4 Lim heifers 410kg 875
  • 3 Ch heifers 392kg 810
  • 3 Ch heifers 439kg 905
  • 1 Lim cow 698kg 1145
  • 1 Fr cow 538kg 620

Dungarvan mart manager Ger Flynn reported, “A big sale, a similar trade to last week with prices holding well for all types of stores.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 4 Lim steers 513kg 1015
  • 3 Lim steers 380kg 820
  • 6 Fr steers 502kg 770
  • 3 AA heifers 605kg 1100
  • 3 Lm heifers 430kg 860
  • 5 Hr heifers 429kg 695
  • 1 Fr cow 820kg 880

At Skibbereen mart on Friday dry cows sold from €220 under to €330 with the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €230 to €490 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €315 to €650 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks sold from €70 to €215 with the kilo.

Weanling bulls in Skibbereen on Friday sold from €270 to €695 with the kilo, or up to 2.88/kg. Weanling heifers made from €205 to €445 with the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 1 Hr steer 610kg 1100
  • 1 BB steer 610kg 1260
  • 3 Lm steers 515kg 1085
  • 1 Ch steer 480kg 990
  • 3 AA steers 460kg 880
  • 1 Ch cow 800kg 1230
  • 1 Lm cow 740kg 1025

Denis Kirby of Golden Vale Marts reported, “More life in the bullock trade last Monday here in Kilmallock.

More farmers are now starting to purchase bullocks.

Kilmallock mart had 67 buyers in the bullock ring.

There were 114 cows on offer in Kilmallock.

“Cow numbers are now starting to pick up also, with prices a reflection on the type of cow on offer.

“Heifers were also improved, especially lighter lots.”

Bullocks in Kilmallock sold for up to €2.18 per kg. Dry cows made up to €1,050 a head or €1.37 per kg. Heifers made up to €1.93 per kg.

In the dairy ring, a three-year-old calved cow made €1,100.

Calves made up to €330 a head, with runner types selling up to €460.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 3 Hr steers 397kg 740
  • 2 Ch steers 380kg 710
  • 3 Sim steers 290kg 535
  • 3 BB steers 542kg 910
  • 4 AA heifers 340kg 640
  • 4 Hr heifers 318kg 605
  • 1 Fr cow 645kg 720

In the suckler ring, a two-year-old Hereford and her Simmental bull calf sold for €1,050.

Tomorrow, Friday, October 25th, at Kilmallock mart, an autumn show and sale of bulls takes place, for the Irish Hereford Society.

The mart will have 45 bulls on offer with the sale commencing at 1pm.

Corrin mart manager, Sean Leahy reported “a stiffer trade for bullocks” at Tuesday’s mart sale.

Store bullocks here sold from €80 to €325 with the kilo, forward store bullocks made up to €450 with the weight.

Looking at heifers, store heifers in Corrin ranged from €150 to €260 with the kilo. Stronger butcher types sold for between €180 and €463 with the kilo.

Sean reported “a strong trade” for dry cows.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 1 BB steer 575kg 965
  • 7 Ch steers 607kg 1055
  • 7 Lim steers 469kg 950
  • 5 Lim heifers 477kg 940
  • 2 BB heifers 470kg 800
  • 1 Fr cow 570kg 810
  • 1 AA cow 910kg 1350

We go next to Ann Keane of Clare Co-Op Mart, for a report on the sale of cattle at Scariff on Saturday.

“We had a reasonably sized sale in Scariff on Saturday last with a good mix of stock available,” Ann reported.

Some nice quality weanlings on offer, and these were met with good farmer demand, as there was no export activity.

“The quality heifers were also a good trade with farmers active.”

Scariff

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

  • 2 Hr steers 522kg 845
  • 1 Lm heifer 315kg 750
  • 1 Ch heifer 290kg 685
  • 2 Ch heifers 415kg 800
  • 1 Sh heifer 320kg 645
  • 1 Ch cow 655kg 845
  • 1 Hr cow 655kg 800

Ann also had a report from the more recent sale of weanlings in Ennis on Tuesday.

“Numbers back quite a bit on Tuesday, with 800 on offer. Quality is very variable at the moment, but the good quality lots are still holding a very good trade.

“The heifer trade improved today by €20 to €30 in most cases, as a few more farmers were about in this ring.

A bit more activity from the shippers in the bull ring, but these are also quite price-conscious, and they’re back €50 on what they were spending a month ago.

“Runner numbers back today also, as it seems farmers are holding some stock in anticipation of a price rise. Runner heifers made to €660 and bulls to €840.

“In-calf suckler stock made to €1,500. Bulls over 420kgs a tough trade. A small entry of calves meet a serious trade, with an Angus bull 12 days old making €250 and a Charolais calf hit €550.”

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