Busy on the farm, busy at Macroom mart

I went to my local mart in Macroom on Saturday.

Why Macroom; I had featured the place on this page only a few short weeks ago.

“Could you not have gone someplace else?” you might ask.

Well, if you must know, with no time to scratch myself on my own farm this week, I really didn’t have the chance to swan off to some mart 30 or 40 miles away.

The weather was simply too good for swanning anywhere.

And what’s wrong with Macroom mart? Isn’t it one hell of a busy spot? Possibly the jewel in the crown of the Cork Marts empire.

Anyway, in spite of the welcome settled spell of weather, and increased activity on all our farms, Macroom Mart on Saturday was surprisingly busy.

In fact, it was hopping, to use a local term, with mart manager John O’Mahony saying, “The trade was good across the board.”

And farmers that I spoke to at the cattle sale on Saturday felt that the trade remained good and strong.

Admittedly, the mart trade in general is not as heated as it was two months back, but they were heady days.

Macroom mart on Saturday was literally black with Aberdeen Angus bullocks.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks made from €205 to €640 over the kilo.

Dry cows in Macroom sold from €70 to €535 over the kilo. Continental bullocks sold from €235 to €730 over the kilo. Heifers sold from €230 to €720 with the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 545kg 1185

2 Ch steers 435kg 1165

1 Lm steer 380kg 1000

1 Lm heifer 555kg 1240

1 Lm heifer 490kg 1150

1 Ch cow 745kg 1270

1 Lm cow 665kg 1100

In Bandon mart on Monday, with just 100 calves on offer, the calf trade was, as you can imagine, nice and lively.

Strong bull calves on Monday were making over €500 a head.

Dry cows in Bandon on Monday sold from €100 to €600 with their weight. Heifers in Bandon made from €330 to €785 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Fr steers 485kg 1015

8 Hr steers 491kg 1100

2 Sim steers 392kg 1030

2 Lm steers 400kg 1010

1 BB heifer 620kg 1405

1 Lm cow 750kg 1350

1 Fr cow 800kg 1280

Friesian bullocks in Bandon sold from €250 to €520 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €330 to €620 with the kilo. Continental bullocks in Bandon made from €550 to €650 with the kilo.

I noticed in Macroom mart on Saturday and indeed in other marts in recent times that there seems to be an increase in the number of cattle being sold with the ‘subject sale’ tag attached.

I don’t know the reason for this.

Perhaps in Macroom on Saturday, owing to the lovely sunny day, sellers were sunning themselves outside on the bonnet of the jeep, or else maybe some had gone for a few cool scoops in a nearby licenced premises.

All I do know is that in order to get the best price for your stock, I would strongly recommend that you appear in the seller’s box at the moment of sale. Or at the very least, let it be known to the auctioneer what price you desire.

Auctioneers, even excellent auctioneers like Jerh O’Sullivan at Macroom, are not mind readers, so your presence in the box not only makes the auctioneer’s job easier, it seals the deal once and for all.

Also, buyers can be more receptive to raising the bidding hand when they know the seller is there.

So be a clever fellow, don’t be straying, stay with your animal until the hammer comes down.

Moving on, in Skibbereen mart on Friday, dry cows sold from €120 to €747 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks sold from €250 to €790 with the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks made from €200 to €810 with the kilo.

Heifers sold from €260 to €735 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 665kg 1410

3 Lm steers 420kg 1120

3 Hr steers 370kg 810

1 BB heifer 600kg 1335

1 AA heifer 440kg 1000

1 Lm cow 720kg 1440

1 BB cow 745kg 1490

Next, we turn to Dungarvan mart where, on Monday last, mart manager Ger Flynn gave us this report. “We had a bigger sale of cattle here on Monday, with a noticeable increase of Friesian bullocks on offer. Prices are holding steady. There was a good trade also for weanlings.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 590kg 1270

5 AA steers 603kg 1205

1 Ch steer 510kg 1200

3 Lm heifers 520kg 1095

1 BB heifer 525kg 1080

1 Hr heifer 520kg 1020

1 Ch cow 710kg 1385

The first sale of September in Kilmallock mart saw cattle numbers increase to 1,100 head, with Denis Kirby reporting, “The trade was very strong, and the lift in prices from previous weeks was well maintained.”

Bullocks in Kilmallock made up to €2.66 per kg. Heifers hit a high of €2.68 per kg. Dry cows reached €1.76 per kg, with weanlings selling for up to €2.82 per kg.

Kilmallock had 21 dairy stock on offer, a big number for this time of year, the top price of €1,350 was paid for a 4-year-old calved dairy cow.

A 5-year-old calved cow sold for €1,270. And a 2-year-old calved heifer made €1,250.

Finally, looking at the sale of bulls in the autumn of their lives, in Kilmallock, a Friesian bull weighing 855kg made €1,350; a Hereford weighing 750kg sold for €1,350; while a Charolais weighing 570kg made €1,200.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 BB steers 398kg 985

6 Ch steers 379kg 950

3 AA steers 395kg 910

5 Fr steers 388kg 860

4 Hr steers 538kg 1185

3 Hr heifers 335kg 815

2 Ch heifers 303kg 810

Turning next to Thurles mart, where mart manager Martin Ryan gave us this report after Monday’s cattle sale. “Basically, numbers on offer were back, and prices a little stronger all round.

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Hr steers 417kg 970

2 AA steers 387kg 885

8 Lm steers 458kg 1140

5 Fr steers 459kg 970

3 Sim steers 363kg 880

1 Hr heifer 380kg 805

6 AA heifers 372kg 780

“Cull cows were scarce and strongly priced. There was a strong demand from feeders for Hereford and Angus cross cattle. Good continentals were hard to buy.

Small Friesian weanlings made €2.50 per kg, albeit with only a handful on offer, six Friesian bull weanlings of 184kg made €460. Our weanling sales start this Wednesday.”

Next to Kilkenny mart, where mart manager George Candler gave us this account after last Thursday’s action.

Kilkenny

Thursday

4 Hr steers 365kg 890

12 Fr steers 495kg 980

6 BB steers 550kg 1250

1 Sim steer 785kg 1750

4 Ch heifers 555kg 1200

5 AA heifers 420kg 900

3 Lm heifers 325kg 900

“We had a bigger sale here on Thursday, with the trade easier by €10 to €30 a head, especially for plainer stock. Friesian store bullocks that six weeks ago were making €2 to €2.35 per kilo are now back to €1.70 to €2 per kilo, with that figure rarely being breached. Both beef bullocks and heifers were in short supply. Quality forward store bullocks are still selling well, making from €2.40 to €2.75 per kilo.”

“We had a larger sale today, with a good steady trade, similar to last week,” Corrin mart manager Sean Leahy told us after Tuesday’s cattle sale.

Bullocks in Corrin made from €320 to €730 over the kilo. On Tuesday heifers made from €250 to €480 and butcher types made up to €660 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Corrin sold from €550 to €1,280 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm steers 500kg 1130

7 Ch steers 470kg 1190

4 AA steers 380kg 855

6 BB steers 476kg 1125

3 Hr heifers 385kg 800

2 Lm heifers 519kg 1180

1 Fr cow 766kg 1280


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