Cattle marts report: Good times for sellers but tough for buyers as every Friesian in the ring exceeds €2/kg

I had big plans for heading to Dungarvan mart on Monday. It has been a few weeks since I’ve touched down at the Waterford mart.
Cattle marts report: Good times for sellers but tough for buyers as every Friesian in the ring exceeds €2/kg

But alas — whilst whistling past the beautiful town of Midleton — I was halted in my tracks with a phone call announcing that if I didn’t return home mighty fast, some sheep of mine could well also be on the road to Midleton.

So unfortunately, because of my quick-footed sheep, I had to face once again for the hills of Kilmichael and the chaos that resides there.

And to add further to my disgust, while I was in Waterford, I had arranged to met up with some friends who were in Ardmore for the week and it was rumoured that on my arrival they would have a fine feast set up for me, the busy mart reporter. Alas, it wasn’t my day and so I lost out on the double.

And so it was to Corrin on Tuesday morning that I made tracks, with my wayward sheep under lock and key.

And the news from Corrin on Tuesday was all bad, I’m afraid. Depressingly bad if you happen to be a buyer.

The lively trade for cattle continues unabated. And worse again, the Friesian bullock, the very article that many have turned to in their hour of need is on the up.

I’m sorry to report that in Corrin on Tuesday it was almost a given that any Friesian entering the ring would pass the €2/kg mark. It would, I feel, have been almost considered an insult if the Friesian bullock didn’t get it on Tuesday.

The trade overall for bullocks on Tuesday was absolutely flying, store bullocks in Corrin made from €218 to €579 over the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €841 with the weight.

And I’m afraid there was no consolation to be had in the calf ring either. We might be staring into the autumn, but as far as the calf trade is concerned, we may as well be staring into March.

The calf trade shows no sign of slippage. And worse again, there was a new kid with the gavel on Tuesday, auctioneer Craig Lovett, and Mr Lovett, who only looks about 15, is shaping up to be a sharp operator. The few bids I threw on Tuesday were picked up by him before my hand had hardly left my pocket.

He’s a very good man when it comes to selling cattle. The only problem I have with him really is that he makes me feel very, very old, and I but a slip of a lad of 44 years.

There was a strong trade for Heifers in Corrin and here they made from €323 to €670 with their weight, with butcher types making up to €1,078 with the kilo.

There was a large and lively trade for dry cows in Corrin on Tuesday, with cows selling from €765 to €1,490 a head. Suckling stock in Corrin made from €980 to €1,450.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 774kg 1615

2 Hr steers 737kg 1540

6 Fr steers 789kg 1525

3 AA steers 388kg 1050

2 Ch heifers 490kg 1410

1 BB heifer 602kg 1680

1 Sim heifer 720kg 1430

In Bandon on Monday the calf trade was also flying, with mart manager Tom McCarthy reporting that all sold. Dry cows in Bandon on Monday made from €300 to €750 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks in Bandon sold for up to €1,000 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €500 to €800 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks at Bandon mart sold from €250 to €800 with the kilo. Heifers on Monday sold from €420 to €710 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 700kg 1690

5 Hr steers 548kg 1330

3 Fr steers 411kg 975

1 Ch heifer 660kg 1460

1 Lm heifer 640kg 1405

2 Ch heifers 357kg 930

1 Fr cow 850kg 1500

Next we move to Dungarvan mart, where after Monday’s cattle sale mart manager, Ger Flynn, gave us the following report. “Cattle numbers increasing on last week, with an excellent trade all round, particularly for dry cows.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 535kg 1330

2 AA steers 615kg 1365

6 AA steers 555kg 1235

1 AA heifer 615kg 1340

1 AA cow 725kg 1500

1 Sim cow 720kg 1490

1 Fr cow 670kg 1215

“Everything was on fire in Kilmallock mart,” was the startling report that came our way after Monday’s cattle sale at the Limerick mart. So obviously I had to contact Denis Kirby to see if all was well.

Thankfully, I soon discovered that the fire was in relation to the trade, and not the premises. It was a metaphorical fire, with the buyers the only ones getting a bit of a scalding.

Kilmallock mart on Monday had 832 stock on offer, including 310 calves. “Some 2015 born weanlings are starting to appear here and on Monday they made up to e

3.37 per kg,” Denis Kirby mentioned.

In dairy stock in Kilmallock, a four-year-old calved cow made €1,360; two-year-old calved heifer sold for €1,300. In suckling, a four-year-old Charolais and her Charolais bull calf made €1,660. A three-year-old Limousin and her Hereford bull calf made €1,550. While a three-year-old Aberdeen Angus in-calf to a Limousin made €1,150.

And finally, looking at breeding bulls, an Aberdeen Angus sold for €2,000 and a Hereford bull made €1,120.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 397kg 1015

2 Hr steers 343kg 960

7 Fr steers 382kg 705

3 BB steers 463kg 1155

1 Ch heifer 350kg 955

1 AA heifer 440kg 1025

2 Hr heifers 480kg 1035

And so it’s to Skibbereen Mart we go next, where on Friday dry cows sold from €100 to €845 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €290 to €990 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €280 to €800 with the kilo.

Heifers on Friday sold from €270 to €830 with their weight.

Weanlings in Skibbereen on Friday sold from €295 to €653 over the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 590kg 1580

4 Ch steers 467kg 1160

2 Hr steers 395kg 1050

2 AA steers 400kg 960

1 BB heifer 395kg 960

1 Sim cow 620kg 1330

1 BB cow 705kg 1550

And it’s to Macroom mart we go next, where on Saturday dry cows sold from €185 to €640 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €245 to €773 over the kilo. While Continental bullocks made from €290 to €1,040 over the kilo. Heifers in Macroom on Saturday sold from €260 to €710 over the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 AA steers 647kg 1420

1 Lm steer 720kg 1760

3 BB steers 670kg 1580

7 Lm steers 558kg 1400

1 BB heifer 520kg 1230

2 Lm heifers 445kg 1150

1 AA cow 610kg 1200

And finally for this week we go to Kanturk, where after Tuesday’s cattle sale mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report.

“We had a great trade at the ringside today with 423 animals on offer, including 210 calves. There really wasn’t enough animals to meet demand from customers with plenty of grass and plenty of money.”

And for those with lots of money, Kanturk mart hosts its first weanling Show and Sale of 2015 on Tuesday, July 28. My God, the year is flying.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Fr steers 615kg 1260

1 Lm steer 500kg 1100

1 AA steer 378kg 990

9 Sim steers 380kg 920

1 BB heifer 460kg 1130

1 Hr cow 710kg 1280

1 Fr cow 690kg 1180

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