Buyers get more bang for their buck at the marts as supply of cattle fat off the grass dries up

In the marts at the moment, buyers are looking for quality, buyers are looking for weight.
Buyers get more bang for their buck at the marts as supply of cattle fat off the grass dries up

An animal that looks good and will be gone before next year’s grass arrives is commanding excellent money.

However, I spotted a few seasoned buyers in Macroom on Saturday bidding on the smaller fellow. You couldn’t be up to them!

With the majority of money going on the bigger bullock, the clever money could well be going on the lighter, less expensive store.

And so we start this week in Macroom, where on Saturday, a lively day of trading saw dry cows selling from €240 under to €540 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €175 to €470 over the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €230 to €685 over the kilo.

Heifers sold from €200 to €650 over their weight.

Weanling bulls in Macroom sold from €245 to €600 over the kilo. With weanling heifers selling from €240 to €540 with their weight.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

6 AA steers 450kg 1000

2 Hr steers 415kg 920

3 Ch steers 395kg 1010

2 Ch steers 380kg 890

1 Ch heifer 630kg 1280

1 Lm heifer 430kg 950

1 Lm cow 690kg 1110

Bandon mart on Monday had 200 calves on offer, with mart manager Tom McCarthy reporting “a very strong trade” and “a lot of extra customers in attendance”.

In Bandon, dry cows sold from €150 under to €355 over their weight.

Heifers in Bandon made from €300 to €600 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €320 to €520 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €550 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €400 up to €600 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 550kg 1145

2 AA steers 450kg 995

6 Hr steers 373kg 865

4 Fr steers 343kg 640

1 BB heifer 385kg 800

7 AA heifers 397kg 790

1 Fr cow 695kg 1050

On most farms, the last few days of rain has put an end to grazing for 2015, but the summer dream continues on my ranch.

I have a few cattle still hovering around the place on a diet of grass (if only they could hover).

The fields might be wet, the going might be tough, but the grass is still very desirable.

It’s all thanks to global warming I suppose, we have the mild weather down here in the south and the cattle still have a mind for the green stuff.

Speaking of the green stuff, I’ve just gotten word that my Basic Payment is finally on the way.

It may be almost two months late, but like the prodigal son, it’s all the more welcome because of it.

My hair may be greyer, my wits at an end, but the Department came through in the end. And thanks to them, the turkey can now be purchased, and Christmas can go ahead in this house after all.

I had thought in recent times about contacting the IFA to see if they could help in bringing the money home, but I felt the IFA have enough money troubles at the moment without listening to the likes of me.

And besides, with my Basic Payment about the size of a week’s wage of a high-flying IFA employee, I felt a bit like Oliver Twist with my bowl.

Anyhow, the reports are good, the Department has issued the thing, and because of this, to quote PG Wodehouse “The sun shone in through the window, birds twittered in the tree tops, and, generally speaking, hope dawned once more.”

With a spring having returned to my step, we now head to the sunny south east and to Dungarvan Mart where mart manager Ger Flynn gave us this report.

“We had a smaller sale on Monday, with bullock prices holding well and a good heifer trade. The dry cow trade is a bit stickier with less fleshed out cows being penalised”.

Dungarvan

Monday

2 AA steers 795kg 1465

1 Sim steer 600kg 1210

2 Lm steers 467kg 970

3 Ch heifers 533kg 1125

1 Ch heifer 515kg 1110

2 AA heifers 392kg 815

1 Fr cow 770kg 1100

It will be all about champion cattle in Skibbereen tomorrow as the mart hosts its Christmas fat stock show and sale.

And there can be no better place to go to view the best of stock than Skibbereen, so I just might give a look in.

But before the fun begins, we will look back to last week’s sale in Skibbereen.

On Friday last, dry cows sold from €200 under to €445 over their weight. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €215 to €585 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €350 to €650 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €600 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €400 up to €640 with the kilo.

Weanling bulls in Skibbereen sold from €350 to €650 over the kilo, with weanling heifers selling from €300 to €500 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 525kg 1160

2 Lm steers 517kg 1135

3 Hr steers 330kg 920

3 Fr steers 383kg 730

2 Lm heifers 542kg 1185

3 Hr heifers 413kg 860

1 Sim cow 705kg 1150

At Kilmallock mart on Monday last, there were 1,100 stock, including 310 dry cows on offer, with 271 buyers in attendance, and the trade was said by Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart to be “strong in all rings”.

Bullocks in Kilmallock made up to €2.47 per kg. Heifers went to a high of €2.31 per kg.

Dry cows of all shapes and sizes were on offer and they sold up to €1.86 per kg.

Denis reported that weanlings this week were again “very dear,” with bulls and heifers making up to €3 per kg.

Young Friesian bull calves made from €130 to €220 each in Kilmallock.

Dairy stock hit €1,300 each, while suckler cows made up to €1,560 (paid for a 4-year-old Charolais cow and her Charolais heifer calf).

On Monday next, December 7, a special sale of suckler cows will take place with over 50 lots on offer, including a reduction sale of pedigree Aberdeen Angus and pedigree Hereford stock.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm steers 397kg 910

3 Hr steers 377kg 840

5 AA steers 387kg 795

3 Fr steers 393kg 755

3 AA heifers 318kg 690

1 Hr heifer 490kg 1000

1 Lm cow 460kg 895

Prices overall this week remain strong with the present weather leading to a drop in animal condition.

No more will you see cattle saunter into the ring with bellies made big by grass.

The rain has put an end to the party.

But it’s not all bad news because, as a consequence, the buyer is surely getting more bang for his buck.

In Corrin on Tuesday, buyers were out in force.

Mart manager Sean Leahy gave us this roundup,

“We had an excellent trade for bullocks on Tuesday, with another improvement on prices for all lots.”

And in Corrin, store bullocks sold from €200 to €480 with the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €690 with the weight.

“There was a good trade for heifers, with a large entry of dry cows selling from €450 to €1,050,” Sean reported.

And store heifers made from €200 to €400 over the kilo with butcher types selling up to €850 over the kilo.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 769kg 1450

2 Lm steers 500kg 1060

3 Hr steers 486kg 1000

2 Fr steers 490kg 950

2 AA heifers 370kg 760

1 Ch heifer 550kg 1280

1 Fr Cow 720kg 1050

Finally for this week, we go to Kanturk mart, where mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report.

“We had 420 animals at today’s sale, including 120 dry cows.

“Prices were maintained with feeding cows and forward stores in great demand.”

Next Tuesday, December 8, Kanturk mart will host a weanling show and sale.

This event will be sponsored by Brosnan Boylan Golden trading as Farm First Insurance, and O’Donoghue Accountants, Banteer.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 595kg 1170

1 AA steer 475kg 950

1 Hr steer 440kg 900

3 AA heifers 495kg 960

1 Lm heifer 395kg 790

1 Hr steer 385kg 760

1 Fr cow 715kg 870

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