Marts in mourning over the passing of Willie Slyne, a legend among cattlemen

It would be remiss of us, in the business of covering mart reports, if we didn’t mention the recent death of the well known and well respected cattleman, Willie Slyne.
Marts in mourning over the passing of Willie Slyne, a legend among cattlemen

The Aherla-based cattleman was part and parcel of mart life down here in the south for many years.

And Criostoir O’Crualaoi of Ballincollig-based Feoil O’Criostoir Teo, paid this warm tribute to Willie: “It is with a heavy heart that we at Feoil O’Criostoir bid farewell to Willie Slyne.

“Working with him went beyond business and it was a privilege to have him as a friend for all those years. We will miss his warm natured personality and the stories he told to brighten up our days.

“Over the years we estimate that Willie supplied us with over 20,000 cattle.

“Our deepest condolences are with his family, his children Dermot, Máiréad, Bríd and Sinéad. May you rest in peace, Willie. Ar dheis Dé, go raibh a anam dilís.”

The late Willie Slyne of Aherla, Co Cork, whose warm nature and stories will be sadly missed at local marts.
The late Willie Slyne of Aherla, Co Cork, whose warm nature and stories will be sadly missed at local marts.



No Breed Sex Weight €

3 AA steers 540kg 1080

3 Hr steers 300kg 795

2 Ch steers 310kg 800

1 Sim heifer 675kg 1390

1 Lm heifer 470kg 1110

1 Hr cow 785kg 1300

1 AA cow 650kg 1140

And so we begin this week’s report appropriately enough in Willie Slyne’s home turf of Macroom where on Saturday at the cattle mart dry cows sold from €90 under to €515 over the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €295 to €490 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €245 to €540 over their weight. Heifers sold from €240 to €715 over their weight.

I heard at mass on Sunday that St Valentine came to a right sticky end. He was beat with clubs, before having the head cut clean off.

So much for kisses, cuddles and general romance!

Anyway I’m glad to report that at Corrin cattle mart last Tuesday February 14, the feast day of St Valentine, I saw no violence of any description.

Indeed you could well say that love was in the air — in particular for a nice bunch of eight yearling Friesian bullocks weighing 285kg and selling for a rather attractive €475.

The same seller also had four Aberdeen Angus bullocks weighing 261kg and again they sold for an appealing €615.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 595kg 1190

1 Ch bull 530kg 1080

1 AA bull 355kg 755

2 Fr steers 475kg 725

3 AA bulls 513kg 935

5 Fr steers 536kg 940

4 AA steers 261kg 615

And in Bandon mart on Monday calves were also turning heads, with mart manger Tom McCarthy reporting a strong trade for Friesian bulls fit for shipping. Bandon mart had 1,000 calves on offer, with Friesian bulls selling from €80 to €130 a head.

Tom reported a good trade for dry cows also, Bandon had some 85 dry cows on offer on Monday.

Dry cows on Monday sold from €50 under to €350 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €370 to €650 with the weight.

Friesian bullocks in Bandon made from €200 to €600 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €350 to €600 with the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Fr steers 546kg 840

4 Hr steers 625kg 1240

3 AA steers 503kg 1000

3 Sim steers 421kg 985

1 Fr cow 635kg 1010

1 Fr cow 760g 1110

1 Fr cow 675kg 1045

In Dungarvan mart on Monday Friesian bull calves sold from €50 to €150 a head. Hereford bull calves made from €250 to €400 a piece.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Fr steer 610kg 1075

3 Fr steers 565kg 900

6 AA steers 344kg 750

1 AA heifer 470kg 850

3 AA heifers 428kg 815

1 Fr cow 830kg 1235

1 Fr cow 785kg 1105

A three-week-old Limousin bull calf selling for €480 was the headline grabber at Kilmallock mart on Monday.

Kilmallock had 1,180 stock on offer; this number included 500 calves. Dry cows here sold for up to €1.72 per kg.

Heifers made up to €2.66 per kg, with bullocks making up to €2.15 per kg.

Freshly calved dairy stock hit €1,400 a head, with a clearance sale of 60 spring calving dairy cows selling to a high of €1,320 each.

And a princely sum of €1,420 was paid in the suckler ring for a quality six-year-old in-calf Limousin.



No Breed Sex Weight €

6 Lm steers 549kg 1115

2 Hr steers 490kg 1030

2 AA heifers 465kg 900

1 Hr heifer 480kg 930

1 Lm heifer 425kg 970

1 Fr cow 465kg 780

1 Fr cow 495kg 785

Looking ahead to next week’s cattle trade agenda in Limerick, the calf intake at Kilmallock mart will from now on be opening at 6am.

This early start kicks off next Monday, with the calf sale scheduled to commence at 9am sharp.

Also this coming Monday, a clearance sale of 45 Friesian cows and 15 in-calf heifers takes place at Kilmallock mart. This sale is scheduled to begin at 11am.



No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Hr steers 545kg 1040

4 Hr steers 500kg 975

3 Fr steers 530kg 910

2 Ch steers 385kg 870

1 Lm heifer 395kg 920

3 Hr heifers 480kg 925

4 AA heifers 455kg 960

There was a smaller sale of cattle in Kanturk mart in Tuesday. The mart had 570 animals, including 220 calves. In Kanturk Friesian bullocks sold up to €400 with their weight.

Hereford bullocks were making up from €380 to €500 with the kilo on Tuesday. Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €320 to €500 with their weight. Aberdeen Angus heifers were making €2.10/kg in Kanturk on Tuesday.



No Breed Sex Weight €

6 Lm steers 390kg 1090

2 Hr steers 280kg 590

3 Fr steers 440kg 800

2 Lm heifers 545kg 1340

1 Ch heifer 490kg 1185

2 AA heifers 455kg 955

4 Lm heifers 285kg 800

Kilkenny mart on Thursday last had 785 cattle on offer.

Mart manager George Candler was on hand to give us this following report: “We had a bigger sale of cattle here last Thursday with quality continental bullocks and heifers in demand.

“Friesian and dairy type influenced animals more difficult to sell. Quality continental bullocks made up to €2.60 per kilo, with lighter types selling to €2.85.

"Quality heifers peaked at €2.60 per kilo with lighter types selling up to €2.80 per kg. Cull cows peaked at €1.80 per kilo, resulting in a full clearance.”

In Kilkenny Friesian cull cows sold from €1.15 to €1.70 per kilo. Continental cull cows made from €1.30 to €1.80 per kilo. Looking at the suckler trade in calf suckler cows and heifers made from €1,000 to €1,780 at the cattle sale last Thursday.

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