Cattle marts report: Seller still in the driver’s seat, despite large entries at marts

I think it’s fair to say that I can now add weather forecasting to my long list of talents, having correctly predicted three weeks ago that the Ploughing Championships in Laois would pass without a shower of rain spoiling the affair.
Cattle marts report: Seller still in the driver’s seat, despite large entries at marts

I was on the ball, if I say so myself.

So forget about Nuala Carey, or that Ken Ring fellow from down under, just tune in here and, along with accurate cattle forecasts, I will throw in the odd weather forecast too, just for good measure.

At the ploughing on Wednesday, the first man I saw was mart manager Tom McCarthy, and later in the day I bumped into well-known weanling buyer Matt Lehane.

So clearly the Ploughing isn’t just popular with ploughmen, the cattleman too enjoys his break.

Now it’s back to business, and as I mentioned Tom McCarthy earlier, we may as well start in his neck of woods, with Skibbereen Mart.

Skibbereen had a good sale for weanlings on Friday, with weanling bulls selling from €420 to €850 over the kilo, and weanling heifers making from €350 to €600 with their weight.

Dry cows in Skibbereen sold from €100 to €750 with their weight.

Heifers in Skibbereen made from €300 to €755 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €210 to €480 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €630 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €450 to €880 with the kilo.

Sucklers in Skibbereen made from €1,050 to €1,590.

Skibbereen mart will have a weanling show and sale tomorrow, Friday, with judging at 10am, the sale at 11am.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 585kg 1470

2 Lm steers 512kg 1210

6 Hr steers 421kg 985

1 Hr heifer 465kg 970

1 BB heifer 445kg 1070

3 Ch cows 885kg 1640

1 Hr cow 770kg 1390

I headed north to check out the action in Kilmallock mart on Monday.

Kilmallock, the daddy of all marts, was busy, with 1,340 cattle on offer.

With cattle weighing well and demand remaining strong, it really is all systems go as we enter the last quarter of the year.

The seller is still firmly in the driver’s seat.

Kilmallock had some fine square Friesian store bullocks up for grabs on Monday.

Of the British Friesian variety, they hovered close to and in some cases passed the €2/kg mark. Continental bullocks in Kilmallock on Monday made up to €2.51 per kg.

Heifers in Kilmallock hit €2.28 per kg. Dry cows sold for up to €1.73 per kg.

The weanling sale was a full house affair, so it was no surprise that demand was strong, with weanlings hitting €3.43 per kg.

Looking at dairy stock, a 4 year old calved cow made €1,380. A 3 year old calved heifer sold for €1,360, and a 3 year old calved nine days made €1,200.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

9 Hr steers 399kg 915

2 Ch steers 363kg 910

1 AA heifer 345kg 785

1 Hr heifer 340kg 750

2 Ch heifers 435kg 1000

1 BB heifer 650kg 1245

1 Fr cow 485kg 745

And as for the suckling trade, an 11 year old Charolais and her Charolais bull calf made €2,055 in Kilmallock on Monday.

At Kilmallock, bulls staring retirement in the face, an Aberdeen Angus weighing 880kg sold for €1,590.

A Hereford weighing 875kg made €1,410.

A Friesian weighing 790kg made €1,180.

An 11 year old Limousin and her Charolais heifer calf sold for €1,810.

A 4 year old Shorthorn and her Shorthorn bull calf made €1,160.

On Saturday, an autumn organic sale of cattle takes place in Kilmallock, starting at 11am sharp, with up to 300 stock on offer, including a lot of weanlings.

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 717kg 1510

3 Ch steers 680kg 1450

4 Ch steers 586kg 1355

4 Ch heifers 560kg 1155

3 AA heifers 548kg 1055

2 Fr heifers 632kg 1110

1 Fr cow 790kg 1290

Dungarvan mart on Monday had a big sale of cattle, with mart manager Ger Flynn reporting, “Prices are holding well for all types of quality stores.”

Corrin mart on Tuesday had a mighty sale of livestock, with 1,200 cattle on offer.

Mart manager Sean Leahy reported, “A very strong trade for bullocks, with an excellent trade for heifers also.”

Store bullocks in Corrin sold from €300 to €710 over the kilo, with forward bullocks making up to €720 with their weight.

On Tuesday store heifers in Corrin made from €280 to €550 over, with butcher types making up to €950 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Corrin sold from €740 to €1,380 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 669kg 1390

5 Fr steers 550kg 1095

4 Ch steers 460kg 1170

4 Hr heifers 368kg 830

2 Ch heifers 490kg 1075

1 Sim heifer 676kg 1600

1 Lm cow 694kg 1380

We turn next to Thurles where mart manager Martin Ryan gave us this report. “Numbers on offer were up, with overall prices also up on the previous week.”

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Ch steers 503kg 1195

3 Lm steers 486kg 1200

5 AA steers 457kg 1010

7 Fr steers 466kg 925

2 BB steers 556kg 1235

6 AA heifers 382kg 830

2 Hr heifers 332kg 765

In Bandon on Monday, dry cows sold from €75 to €720 with their weight.

Heifers in Bandon made from €245 to €590 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm steers 600kg 1370

4 Sim steers 555kg 1205

5 Fr steers 425kg 830

6 Hr steers 395kg 900

2 AA heifers 530kg 1120

1 Lm cow 770kg 1490

1 Ch cow 705kg 1250

Friesian bullocks sold from €170 to €415 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €230 to €665 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €250 to €770 with the kilo.

Finally this week, Kanturk mart, where after Tuesday’s cattle sale, mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report.

“We had a fantastic sale today for our weanling show and sale, kindly sponsored by Boherbue Co-Op Creamery.

“Our supreme champion was a Charolais bull weanling owned by Tim Watson of Milford, weighing 415kg, which made €1,240.

“With nearly 1,000 animals filling the mart, there was a fantastic trade in both rings, resulting in a top class sale all round.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Fr steer 595kg 1090

1 Hr steer 550kg 1075

5 AA steers 520kg 1070

2 Ch steers 440kg 1080

1 BB heifer 560kg 1090

1 Sim heifer 605kg 1120

1 Fr cow 730kg 1095

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