Most sellers happy to say Yes as strong mart market continues for most cattle

I sold a few bullocks in Bandon mart on Monday, in my ongoing efforts to keep the wolf from the door.
Most sellers happy to say Yes as strong mart market continues for most cattle

Michael Crowley did the hauling, Cork Marts did the selling, and all I really had to do was say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the price auctioneer Jonathan O’Sullivan had secured.

And of course I said “Yes“, for I would have been a right fool to cry “No”.

I had two lots of Friesian bullocks in Bandon, the first lot weighing 437kg made €790, and the second, weighing 421kg, made €805 a head.

They were nice cattle, but it was nice money too. Suffice to say, after clinching the deal, I didn’t rush home from Bandon in floods of tears.

And before fellows get too excited (in particular, the taxman) by all this talk of money, a wise Timoleague farmer who also had a few cattle to sell on Monday, had this to say on the subject of money. “Isn’t it amazing that whatever money we make here today, it’s gone before you know where you are.” And how right he is.

In the wise words of singer LunchMoney Lewis “I’ve got bills I gotta pay.”

While there might be some money floating around, as good old LunchMoney knows only too well, it can be hard to hold onto it.

Anyway, back to business. There was a big sale of cattle in Bandon on Monday with dry cows selling from €100 to €650 over their weight. Heifers in Bandon made from €300 to €705 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €350 to €600 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €450 to €800 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €450 to €800 with the kilo.

Calf numbers in Bandon are increasing on a weekly basis, with 220 on offer last Monday, and with prices — needless to say — as firm as ever.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 725g 1490

2 AA steers 547kg 1110

10 Fr steers 510kg 1025

1 BB heifer 655kg 1360

1 AA heifer 575kg 1190

2 Ch heifers 382kg 890

1 Ch cow 840kg 1480

Next we look at the mart scene in Thurles, here’s what mart manager Martin Ryan had to say after Monday’s cattle mart, “We had very big numbers here again on Monday. The bullock trade was a bit sticky for poorer lots. Heifers were a seriously strong trade.

Heifers suitable for breeding were mad dear, particularly heifers off British Friesian cows.”

“One man here had 35 Simmental/Friesian heifers, they averaged €2.46 per kg. A few suckler cows are starting to move, with the prices very strong here too.”

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 455kg 1135

2 Hr steers 416kg 915

6 Fr steers 481kg 940

5 AA steers 494kg 1060

2 Lm steers 447kg 960

7 Sim heifers 393kg 1070

1 BB heifer 455kg 1040

Skibbereen mart manager Tom McCarthy reported “A big sale with great prices,” after Friday’s cattle sale. Weanlings bulls in Skibbereen made from €400 to €700 over the kilo. Weanling heifers sold from €350 to €500 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Skibbereen sold from €120 to €820 with their weight. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €300 to €800 with the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 510kg 1300

2 Ch steers 397kg 1080

3 Fr steers 438kg 800

3 Hr steers 671kg 1330

1 Lm heifer 545kg 1320

1 Ch cow 805kg 1620

1 BB cow 655kg 1240

Friesian bullocks sold from €280 to €400 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €700 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €420 to €800 with the kilo.

“We had a big turnout with over 1,550 stock on offer. All rings were busy here in Kilmallock Mart on Monday last,” said Denis Kirby after Monday’s cattle sale.

“550 customers did business here and, as in previous weeks, the trade was flying.”

Bullocks in Kilmallock on Monday made up to €2.43 per kg. Heifers went to a high of €2.51 per kg. Dry cows sold very well, reaching a high of €2 per kg. Weanlings sold for up to €3.51 per kg with dairy stock hitting a high of €1,370 a head.

Looking at bulls, a Limousin of 860kg sold for €1,500. An Aberdeen Angus weighing 820kg made €1,250. A Friesian bull weighing 725kg made €1,190.

In suckling, a 10 year old Charolais and her Aberdeen Angus bull calf sold for €1,630. A 13 year old Hereford and her Aberdeen Angus bull calf sold for €1,370. A 2 year old Limousin and her Limousin heifer calf made €1,300.

Kilmallock mart had 230 dry cows on offer. Their dry cow sale will from now on start at 10am sharp, as dry cow numbers rise over the next few weeks.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Hr steers 388kg 875

2 AA steers 365kg 830

2 Fr steers 370kg 790

3 Lm steers 488kg 1170

2 Ch steers 473kg 1150

3 Ch heifers 463kg 980

1 BB heifer 490kg 965

From Limerick to Waterford we go, and to Dungarvan mart where manger Ger Flynn also reported a large sale of livestock on Monday. Here, again, as we head for the last week of October, the only thing that seems to be falling are the leaves, the cattle trade remains as well grounded and steady as an old oak tree.

“We had a big sale of cattle this week with a strong trade for all forward and heavy continental bullocks,” said Ger. “There was also a good dry cow trade.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Ch steers 760kg 1640

2 Sim steers 595kg 1340

1 Lm steer 625kg 1310

2 Ch heifers 555kg 1115

1 BB heifer 580kg 1150

3 Lm heifers 495kg 1040

1 Fr cow 750kg 1250

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 1,100 cattle on offer, with mart manager Sean Leahy reporting a “good lively trade for bullocks.” Store bullocks sold from €220 to €650 over the kilo, with forward bullocks making up to €790 with their weight.

On Tuesday, store heifers in Corrin made from €220 to €460 over, with butcher types making up to €650 with the kilo.

Sean reported “an excellent trade” for dry cows in Corrin; they sold from €560 to €1,450 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

9 BB steers 538kg 1130

3 Sim steers 726kg 1450

2 Ch steers 490kg 1140

3 Hr heifers 530kg 1115

2 Lm heifers 547kg 1200

2 AA heifers 580kg 1065

1 AA cow 780kg 1450

It’s to Kilkenny mart we go next, and here was mart manger George Candler’s take on the action at last Thursday’s cattle sale.

“We had a smaller bullock sale than last week, but trade for all bullocks remained firm. Cull cow prices were sharper, helped by the smaller supply. Plain heifers were more difficult to get away.”

In Kilkenny mart, Friesian cull cows sold from €1.05 to €1.75 per kilo, with Continental cull cows selling from €1.40 to €2.10 per kilo.

Kilkenny

Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 495kg 1210

2 Ch steers 610kg 1490

3 AA steers 390kg 875

1 AA heifer 360kg 755

3 Lm heifers 475kg 1070

3 Ch heifers 515kg 1105

1 Lm heifer 775kg 1750

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

“We had a big sale of 660 animals, including 130 dry cows. Prices were maintained, with feeding cows very much in demand.”

Next week sees our show and sale for weanlings sponsored by Southern Milling Cork, with prizes to the value of €2,500. Everyone is welcome.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Lm steers 500kg 1240

1 ch steer 555 1240

7 Fr steers 660kg 1200

2 BB steers 530kg 1125

1 Hr heifer 525kg 1065

3 Lm heifers 495kg 1050

1 Hr cow 790kg 1300

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