IFA pay packages are top topic of conversation as marts start to get into festive spirits

As I jot down this week’s mart report I see the IFA now has effectively two Presidents. It’s like the Vatican with the two Popes.
IFA pay packages are top topic of conversation as marts start to get into festive spirits

One fellow is moving to the side to allow the other fellow to the fore.

And what will Tim O’Leary bring to the job, if he manages to hold onto it long enough to make an impact?

Will he be like Pope John XXIII?

A man to swing open the doors of the IFA and let the light into all the darkest recesses of the organisation?

One thing for sure, he’s certainly starting from a very good place, with a current annual IFA pay packet amounting to €35,000, in comparison to others within the IFA, Tim is practically Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Time will tell if the Cork man is the right man to put the squeeze on an organisation that clearly has been in need of a good tight banding for years.

Anyway back to the less financially rewarding business of livestock farming and in the marts this week, unlike the turmoil at the IFA, all is calm.

Stability has returned to the mart trade indeed if anything I felt this week demand overall had picked up.

We will start in Thurles where mart manager Martin Ryan gave us this report.

Thurles mart manager Martin Ryan
Thurles mart manager Martin Ryan

“Prices were stronger on Monday for the better quality animal. Numbers are holding up very well as we approach late November.

“Culls cows are coming off farms in very poor condition compared with other years.”

And staying on this subject of dry cows, talking to a farmer at a cattle mart over the weekend, he was of the view that taking a gamble on a few light dry cows and putting a bit of flesh on them mightn’t be the worst move a fellow could make.

“They’re the best value in the mart right now,” he said, and he could well be right.

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm steers 491kg 1060

5 AA steers 397kg 870

4 Fr steers 478kg 850

8 Hr steers 453kg 965

2 Lm heifers 437kg 1050

1 Fr cow 565kg 600

1 Fr cow 560kg 480

1 Fr cow 805kg 1060

Bandon mart on Monday had 300 calves and runners on offer, with a good trade for all shapes and sizes. In Bandon dry cows sold from €200 under to €500 over their weight.

Bandon mart on Monday had some smashing heifers on offer and here they made from €215 to €835 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €180 to €635 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €210 to €695 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks were making from €225 up to €705 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Ch steers 495kg 1200

4 Lm steers 485kg 1000

3 AA steers 565kg 1260

3 Fr steers 470kg 780

1 BB heifer 575kg 1410

2 Lm heifers 565kg 1255

1 Fr cow 650kg 1150

I attended Kanturk mart’s annual Fat Stock Show and Sale on Tuesday. And as usual it was a day of exceptional hospitality from those who run the successful North Cork mart.

With a plentiful supply of food and drink on offer to all, it wasn’t only the cattle who had a shine on them by the end of the day.

On Tuesday, the mart also unveiled an extension to its existing walkway, thus making the job of inspecting cattle all the easier.

I met with mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe on Tuesday evening and he summed up the day as follows.

“We had an entry of 115 top class animals for our Annual Fat Stock Show and Sale. The day was a huge success with over 1,000 people in the main ring for the sale of the show animals.

“The Supreme Champion at Kanturk mart on Tuesday, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, was a Belgian Blue heifer weighing 900kg and owned by Edmond O’Connor, Kilbrin, Kanturk.

“This animal made €2,700 and was bought by Thomas O’Callaghan.

“The Reserve Champion was sponsored by North Cork Co-Op Creameries and was a Belgian Blue once again. A bullock this time weighing 880kg and owned by Patrick Desmond, Banteer.

“This animal made €2,550 and was bought by Gerald Ryan.

“And we would just like to thank everyone who supported our Fat Stock Show and Sale on Tuesday, buyers, sellers and sponsors alike.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 BB steer 880kg 2550

1 BB steer 785kg 2150

1 Lm steer 845kg 1730

1 Hr steer 690kg 1370

1 BB heifer 900kg 2700

1 Ch cow 885kg 1640

1 Hr cow 885kg 1480

And while at Kanturk mart I took the opportunity to gauge the mood of farmers regarding the IFA pay controversy.

And the mood on the issue was a mixture of both disappointment and undiluted anger.

One farmer told me of how the ‘foot soldiers’ who work so diligently for the IFA felt betrayed by the revelations.

While another voiced his anger at what he saw as the “pure greed” of some within the organisation and of how he felt ‘let down’ by Eddie Downey.

And another questioned the IFA’s commitment to the smaller farmer highlighting, once more, their negotiations on the new farm payment.

So plenty for the IFA to mull over as they attempt to rebuild.

Anyway, on we march, and its to Skibbereen we go next where on Friday dry cows here sold from €195 under to €420 over their weight. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €215 to €585 with the kilo.

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

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €205 to €505 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €235 up to €720 with the kilo.

Weanling bulls in Skibbereen sold from €250 to €590 over the kilo.

With weanling heifers selling from €235 to €520 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 630kg 1350

1 Lm steer 560kg 1230

5 Hr steers 500kg 1010

2 AA steers 440kg 905

1 Ch heifer 535kg 1120

1 Lm heifer 445kg 975

1 Ch cow 820kg 1240

Kilmallock mart had 1,474 cattle on offer last Monday.

“The trade remains strong in all rings, as the mood of buyers is very confident,” Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart told us.

“Weanling bulls were a flying trade here on Monday with up to €940 a head paid or €2.93 per kg.

"While weanling heifers hit €1,090 a head or €3 per kg.

"Freshly calved dairy stock sold for up to €1,350 while heifers calving down as two-year-olds next spring made up to €1,200.

"Suckler cows made up to €1,600 a unit (this was paid for an 11-year-old Charolais and her Charolais bull calf).

“Calves and runners made up to €625; young Friesian bulls made up to €182 each.”

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 370kg 950

4 Hr steers 390kg 900

9 AA steers 359kg 850

2 Fr steers 398kg 680

3 Ch steers 543kg 1195

2 AA heifers 333kg 750

5 Hr heifers 302kg 670

Bullocks in Kilmallock made up to €2.57 per kg.

The mart had 243 dry cows on offer and they made up to €1,300 a head.

And any farmer concerned about his old ticker will have an opportunity next Monday to meet with an Irish Heart Foundation nurse at Kilmallock mart.

This free health check will take place from 9.30am to 5pm. Contact 063-98050 for an appointment.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 596kg 1360

5 AA steers 690kg 1385

2 Lm steers 560kg 1145

1 Ch heifer 596kg 1360

4 AA heifers 379kg 725

6 Hr heifers 345kg 695

1 Fr cow 820kg 1190

“There was a strong trade for bullocks here on Tuesday with a lively demand for all lots,” was the report we received from Sean Leahy mart manager of Corrin mart.

“We had a good steady trade for heifers and dry cows, with dry cows selling from €500 to €1,190 a head.

And in Corrin on Tuesday store bullocks made from €240 to €500 over the kilo with beef bullocks making up to €700 with their weight.

Store heifers made from €200 to €360 with their weight, with butcher types making up to €770. Corrin mart had 650 stock on offer.

Next we go to Dungarvan mart where mart manager Ger Flynn gave us the following report.

“The very big sales are over for 2015, however we still had a large sale of stock, with a good steady trade for all types of stores.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Ch steers 608kg 1360

5 Lm steers 535kg 1140

8 Fr steers 662kg 1190

9 Hr steers 488kg 1005

1 Lm heifer 530kg 1010

1 Ch heifer 435kg 915

1 Fr cow 785kg 1180

And finally to Macroom where on Saturday last dry cows sold from €190 under to €550 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €205 to €550 over the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €230 to €685 over the kilo.

Heifers sold from €205 to €550 over their weight.

Weanling bulls sold from €245 to €660 over the kilo.

With weanling heifers selling from €230 to €525 with their weight.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

10 Hr steers 545kg 1090

2 AA steers 435kg 940

2 Lm steers 545kg 1220

1 BB steer 490kg 1045

2 Sim heifers 385kg 935

1 Lim heifer 355kg 870

1 Lm cow 750kg 1300

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