Cattle marts report: Serious trading done at regional marts as buyers travel from all corners of the country

On Tuesday morning, in a state of utter confusion, I found myself in Lissarda village. You see, I didn’t know whether to turn right for Corrin, or left for Kanturk.
Cattle marts report: Serious trading done at regional marts as buyers travel from all corners of the country

Both cattle marts are held on Tuesday, and both marts are about the same distance from Lissarda. I just couldn’t decide which way to swing my old jeep. In the end I went straight for Mai Fitz’s in Lissarda to have the breakfast, in the hope that a good feed at Larry’s might straighten me out and settle my mind to go one way or the other.

And with the sausages and rashers gone down the hatch, I felt so content and satisfied that I was half inclined to go back home to bed and give the marts a skip entirely.

But then, thinking of you dear reader, and realising how much you value my mart reporting, I got into my jeep and freewheeling out of Mai Fitz’s, I let my Hilux decide where we were to go. Well to cut a long story short she swung west, so to Kanturk we were bound.

So how was the cattle trade in Kanturk on Tuesday you might ask, indeed at this stage you might cry. Well starting with the calf trade, Kanturk had 300 calves on offer on Tuesday. Demand was strong with farmers and dealers in competition, driving the price.

This June calves in general, to my reckoning, are selling about €60 a head more than they were at the same time last year. I saw over €200 being paid for handy month old Friesian bulls in Kanturk on Tuesday, and spotted a month old Angus bull selling for €445.

I met Kanturk mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe as the cattle sale was wrapping up.

He said: “There was a great trade at the ringside here today. As usual, we had buyers from all around the country with bullocks, heifers and cows making record prices, as demand for cattle outstrips supply.”

And Seamus also reminded me that Kanturk mart’s first weanling show and sale for 2014, for autumn born weanlings, will be held on Tuesday, July 28. This sale is sponsored by Boherbue Co-Op Creamery with top prizes on offer for all classes.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Fr steers 650kg 1300

1 AA steer 550kg 1230

9 Sim steers 380kg 920

1 AA heifer 515kg 1130

1 Ch heifer 550kg 1130

1 AA cow 650kg 1140

1 Fr cow 835kg 1440

And so it’s to Bandon mart we go next, where on Monday the mart had 485 calves on offer, with mart manager Tom McCarthy saying there was “a serious sale for calves.”

Dry cows in Bandon on Monday made from €250 to €950 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks in Bandon sold for up to €800 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €450 to €850 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks at Bandon mart sold from €320 to €650 with the kilo. Heifers on Monday sold from €420 to €710 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Sim steers 462kg 1190

5 AA steers 497kg 1140

10 Fr steers 377kg 770

4 AA heifers 535kg 1160

1 BB heifer 395kg 930

1 Sim cow 825kg 1770

1 Fr cow 790kg 1510

“We had a great trade and great numbers for June. And some phenomenal prices paid,” Martin Ryan mart manager of Thurles reported to us after Monday’s cattle sale. And Martin went on to give a prime example of a good sale, with a Belgian Blue heifer weighing 405kg, who must have had the derrière of Kim Kardashian, because she made €1,340. That’s €3.31/kg.

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 357kg 900

4 AA steers 338kg 800

6 Fr steers 395kg 880

5 Lm steers 516kg 1300

4 Hr steers 301kg 780

6 AA heifers 325kg 770

4 Ch heifers 370kg 870

“The trade was outstanding here,” Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart told me after Monday’s cattle sale. Kilmallock had 700 cattle on offer and again here the trade was sizzling like the sausages in Mai Fitz’s. “Compared to the same sale last year, calves are €100 a head dearer, while adult cattle are about €150 to €250 dearer,” Denis said.

“There were buyers from Carlow and Mayo in the dairy ring, where two two-year-old calved heifers made €1,560 each.”

In dairy stock, a four-year-old in-calf cow made €1,420. In suckling, a three-year-old Simmental and her Simmental heifer calf made €1,400, while a two-year-old Hereford and her Hereford bull calf sold for €1,330.

In breeding bulls, and in Kilmallock an Aberdeen Angus bull made €2,200. A Limousin bull made €1,550.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 BB steer 365kg 780

2 Fr steers 348kg 735

1 Hr steer 520kg 1215

4 Lm steers 461kg 1070

1 BB heifer 490kg 1060

2 Hr heifers 453kg 1000

1 Lm heifer 445kg 1000

“We had an excellent trade for bullocks, with a strong trade for heifers also,” was the report from Sean Leahy, manager of Corrin mart, after Tuesday’s cattle sale.

And in Corrin on Tuesday, store bullocks made from €250 to €675 over the kilo, with forward store bullocks making up to €840 with the weight.

Heifers here made from €340 to €600 with their weight, with butcher types making up to €940 with the kilo.

The lively trade for dry cows continued in Corrin on Tuesday, with cows selling from €730 to €1,630 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Hr steers 610kg 1375

3 Ch steers 589kg 1425

2 Fr steers 540kg 1100

4 Hr steers 760kg 1520

2 Ch heifers 560kg 1500

1 BB cow 744kg 1630

1 Fr cow 688kg 1290

Next to Dungarvan, where after Monday’s cattle sale, mart manager Ger Flynn gave us the following report.

“We had a very strong sale for all types of quality store bullocks and heifers. The dry cow trade is holding very well with cattle numbers holding up very well for this time of the year.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Hr steer 635kg 1305

3 Lm steers 511kg 1270

2 Lm steers 447kg 1160

6 Lm heifers 460kg 1125

3 Lm heifers 423kg 1050

1 Fr cow 625kg 1040

1 Fr cow 530kg 1060

Mart manager Tom McCarthy reported a bigger sale of cattle and weanlings in Skibbereen mart last Friday.

Dry cows in Skibbereen mart sold from €200 to €750 with the kilo.

Bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €400 to a mighty €1,000 with the kilo. Heifers on Friday sold from €400 to €700 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 BB steer 685kg 1670

2 Ch steers 575kg 1360

3 Hr steers 388kg 875

1 AA heifer 530kg 1200

2 Ch heifers 400kg 990

1 Sim cow 765kg 1470

1 BA cow 645kg 1390

Finally to Macroom where on Saturday dry cows sold from €140 over to €770 over the kilo. Friesian bullocks made from €180 to €510 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €210 to €740 over the kilo. While Continental bullocks made from €250 to €690 over the kilo. Heifers sold from €225 to an impressive €895 over the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Au steers 460kg 1080

2 Lm steers 550kg 1240

5 Fr steers 390kg 900

6 AA steers 560kg 1300

1 Ch heifer 467kg 1300

1 Sim heifer 540kg 1385

1 Ch cow 730kg 1500

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