Trade remains strong at Bandon Mart despite foul weather

I went to Bandon mart on Monday as it really was a day fit for nothing else. A day for the high stool or the mart.
Trade remains strong at Bandon Mart despite foul weather

And in spite of the dismal weather conditions that prevailed, calf numbers on Monday were similar to the previous week.

Bandon mart had a little under 300 calves and runners on offer. Calf prices here were well maintained.

There was a noticeable drop in the number of larger cattle on offer. This of course is no great surprise as the year draws to a close.

And in Bandon dry cows sold from €200 under to €400 over their weight. Heifers in Bandon made from €360 to €530 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €280 to €500 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €800 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €500 to €900 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 925kg 1870

2 Lm steers 480kg 1100

1 AA steer 860kg 1670

6 Fr steers 540kg 920

2 BB heifers 432kg 950

4 AA heifers 480kg 930

1 Fr cow 795kg 1180

Over the past few weeks, there has been a price drop at the marts. Possibly a drop of up to €100 a head from the peak mart sales of 2015. That said, stock are selling well despite the lack of sunshine both from the sky and from the meat factory. Prices are back yes, but from a startling high.

And so, on that note, we head across to Limerick and to Kilmallock mart, where on Monday the mart had 1,678 stock on offer.

Denis Kirby gave us all the details: “While the plainer Friesian may have slipped a little in price, overall this week the trade remains very strong. Bullocks here made up to €2.54 per kg. Heifers went to a high of €2.64 per kg. We had over 200 dry cows on offer and they sold for up to €1,385 each or €1.80 per kg.

“Weanlings, both bulls and heifers, were flying here on Monday making up to é3.04 per kg. Dairy stock sold for up to €1,380 a head while suckler cows hit a high of €1,600 per unit (this sum was paid for an eight-year-old Aberdeen Angus cow and her Limousin heifer calf).”

“Calves of all ages are selling well with stronger lots making up to €655 each and younger sorts hitting €400 a head.

On Monday next a special dairy sale takes place here in Kilmallock with breeding heifers, winter and spring calvers on offer.”

At last Monday’s North Munster Pedigree sale at Kilmallock mart, €2,100 was paid for an Angus bull.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 389kg 880

5 Hr steers 382kg 825

1 BB steer 385kg 800

4 Fr steers 398kg 730

4 Ch steers 538kg 1300

3 AA heifers 348kg 795

1 Sim heifer 475kg 1007

In Skibbereen mart on Friday dry cows sold from €200 under to €580 over their weight.

Heifers in Skibbereen made from €370 to €650 with the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 890kg 1800

6 Lm steers 491kg 1270

4 Hr steers 468kg 900

2 Fr steers 492kg 880

1 BB heifer 400kg 920

1 Ch heifer 585kg 1210

1 Lm cow 680kg 1260

Friesian bullocks sold from €200 to €400 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €350 to €670 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €400 up to €900 with the kilo.

Last Thursday I brought you the mournful story that my Basic Payment was really still only a mere figment of my imagination.

The cheque had yet to make an appearance.

And with many farmers paid, I was left there like Linda Martin singing “Why me?”

Anyway, in the intervening week nothing at all has changed. I’m still in the wilderness, my pockets still empty.

My Basic Payment nothing more than an itch in my pants. I must be one of the very last on Simon’s list.

But being a philosophical old creature, I have come to the conclusion that this business of being last isn’t the worst thing in the world.

A fellow could have far worse complaints.

Indeed, sometimes at sporting events, the last man or woman to cross the line can be hailed every bit as much as the first. In many ways this bringing up the rear can be a right noble pursuit.

Simply put, I have come to realise that there’s more to life than money.

When a fellow has his health and his family what more does he need?

So I say to you today, if you like me have made those calls to the Department and are still waiting for your Basic Payment, don’t panic.

A higher power is at work. “Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die.”

Rest assured my friend, it will come.

One day, just when you’ve given up all hope, it will appear. One day, our pockets will jingle too.

And on that positive note we return to the cattle trade, where in Corrin mart on Tuesday, mart manager Sean Leahy was also in a positive frame of mind.

“We had a strong trade for bullocks here today, with a good demand for all lots. There was also a lively trade for heifers and dry cows,” Sean reported.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Ch steers 715kg 1525

4 Hr steers 600kg 1145

6 Fr steers 575kg 935

2 Lm heifers 574kg 1230

2 AA heifers 470kg 900

3 Hr heifers 386kg 810

1 AA cow 940kg 1430

And in Corrin on Tuesday store bullocks made from €280 to €500 over the kilo with beef bullocks making up to €810 with their weight.

Store heifers in Corrin made from €200 to €530 with their weight, with butcher types making up to €670. Dry cows in Corrin made from €450 to €1,430 a head. On Tuesday Corrin mart had 650 stock on offer.

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

7 Fr steers 485kg 885

3 Lm steers 515kg 1100

2 Hr steers 405kg 900

3 Ch heifers 575kg 1060

2 Hr heifers 395kg 800

3 AA heifers 483kg 950

1 Fr cow 755kg 1130

At Thurles mart on Monday last week’s price drop was halted. Mart manager Martin Ryan gave us this report, “The bullock trade was perhaps stronger than last week, (Friesian bullocks in Thurles averaged 1.79c/kg on Monday). Heifers were similar in price to last week.

“The majority of cull cows we had here on Monday were straight from the parlour with low body condition scores.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

8 Lm steers 526kg 1145

7 Hr steers 520kg 1105

3 Hr heifers 566kg 1080

1 BB heifer 530kg 1065

6 AA heifers 401kg 825

1 Sim cow 760kg 1130

1 Fr cow 765kg 1165

Next we go to Dungarvan mart where mart manager Ger Flynn reported: “We had a very big sale, prices more steady, and again this week we had to contend with desperate weather conditions.”

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Hr steers 375kg 850

2 AA steers 350kg 765

2 Sim steers 695kg 1385

3 Lm steers 395kg 1080

1 Lm heifer 620kg 1320

1 AA cow 725kg 1165

1 Ch cow 710kg 1080

And finally for this week we head across to Kanturk mart, where there were some positives to be taken from a wet and windy Tuesday sale.

Kanturk’s mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this following wrap up.

“We had a great turnout on such a horrible day,” stated Seamus in upbeat humour. “Today we had a weanling show and sale sponsored by Greenvale Animal Feeds and Munster Breeding AI.”

The Supreme Champion on the day turned out to be a Belgian Blue bull weanling owned by Brendan O’Callaghan of Newberry, Dromahane, Mallow. This weanling weighed 450kg and sold for €1,100.

Next week, Kanturk Mart will host its ever popular annual fat stock show and sale.

The mart will open its gates at 7am for the intake of animals. All show animals must be penned for 10.30am, with the sale of show cattle taking place at 1pm.

And Seamus tells me that everyone is welcome, including poor old forgotten fellows like myself.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 615kg 1180

2 Lm steers 737kg 1200

1 Fr steer 665kg 1095

2 Hr steers 485kg 950

2 Hr heifers 470kg 930

1 Lm cow 665kg 1060

1 Fr cow 585kg 920

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