Cattle marts: Unlike Hollywood, no confusion among cattle traders in busy week at the marts

While the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night was nothing but a confusing mess, at the marts the scene is anything but confusing.
Cattle marts: Unlike Hollywood, no confusion among cattle traders in busy week at the marts

Cattle are flying, there can be no doubt about it. Cattle are flying and even Warren Beatty would spot it.

In Bandon on Monday the calf trade was hopping. In the calf ring, auctioneer Jonathan O’Sullivan held court over one of the busiest calf sales of the year so far.

Bandon mart had 1,680 calves on offer on Monday (up 300 ahead on the same sale last year).

Good quality Aberdeen Angus and Hereford (bulls and heifers) were all finding their way past the €250 mark. Only the smaller creature was failing to hit this target.

Looking at the Friesian bull, standard quality bulls were selling between €120 and €140. There was a real buzz around the ring on Monday with bids coming from all quarters. The omens seem good regarding the calf trade for the months ahead.

And as for bigger cattle, well there is clearly an appetite right now for good quality 500kg Hereford and Angus stock (some are pictured on this page).

With two months down, 2017 has started off well in the marts and you’d be in La-La Land if you thought any differently.

In Bandon on Monday, dry cows sold from €50 to €500 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €400 to €840 with the weight.

Friesian bullocks in Bandon made from €200 to €520 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €400 to €850 with the kilo. Heifers here made from €270 to €530 with the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Fr steers 439kg 760

6 Ch heifers 367kg 860

1 BB heifer 515kg 1045

1 AA heifer 510kg 930

1 AA cow 685kg 1105

1 Fr cow 765kg 1050

1 Sim cow 665kg 1010

Kilmallock mart on Monday had a turnout of 1,600 stock. Denis Kirby of GVM reported a “strong demand from cattle buyers.”

Bullocks in Kilmallock on Monday sold for up €2.60 per kg. Top weanlings sold up to €2.78 per kg. Dry cows hit a high of €1.89 per kg.

Heifers hit €2.58 per kg. The top selling suckler at Monday’s sale was a six-year-old Limousin and her Blonde heifer calf selling for €1,640.

Kilmallock mart also had 100 dairy stock on offer at the marts dairy show and sale.

The champion was a two-year-old calved heifer which was sold by Desmond Frawley, Coolrea, Bruree for €2,150 to George Lowe from Adare.

Other calved heifers sold for €1,750, €1,660 and €1,480.

The top price for an in-calf heifer was €1,280.

Calved cows made up to €1,250. Breeding heifers made up to €830.

Looking back to last Friday’s calf sale at Kilmallock, Denis reported, “We had a very successful Friesian bull calf sale here on Friday. Calves sold in the pens with Frisian bulls making up to €145.

“This calf sale will continue here on Friday for the duration of the calf season.”



No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm steers 347kg 900

2 Hr steers 527kg 950

3 Fr steers 515kg 1045

1 AA heifer 470kg 975

1 Lm heifer 435kg 950

1 Hr heifer 535kg 1000

1 Lm cow 455kg 930

Kanturk mart had a big sale for cattle with 1120 on offer, this number included 680 calves. Kanturk mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe reported “A good trade all round with a great trade for the Friesian bull calf.”

In Kanturk, the Friesian bull sold for up to €200, with a general price of €130-180 paid for the more standard calf.

Hereford bull calves made up to €320 a head in Kanturk on Tuesday.



No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Fr steers 605kg 1030

1 AA steer 474kg 970

2 AA steers 445kg 860

2 AA steers 315kg 785

1 AA heifer 540kg 940

1 Lm heifer 330kg 970

1 Ch heifer 600kg 1250

We go next to Kilkenny mart and to mart manager George Candler, who gave us the following report.

“We had a bigger sale of cattle here on Thursday with quality lots meeting a good trade.

Forward store cattle were in demand but lighter stores, heifers and bullocks, were more difficult to sell due to less customers for these types. The cull cow trade remained very solid.”

Friesian cull cows sold from €0.90 to €1.70 per kilo on Thursday, with continental cull cows selling from €1.30 to €2.15 per kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 575kg 1420

3 Fr steers 485kg 880

6 AA steers 550kg 1150

1 Lm heifer 630kg 1530

2 Lm heifers 490kg 1210

4 AA heifers 540kg 1130

3 AA heifers 225kg 535

Dry cows in Skibbereen on Friday made from €50 under to €600 with the kilo. Bullocks sold from €260 up to €750 with their weight. Heifers in Skibbereen sold from €300 to €650 with the kilo. Weanling bulls sold from €300 to €500 with the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Ch steers 453kg 1055

4 Lm steers 397kg 895

4 Hr steers 462kg 925

1 BB heifer 450kg 1100

1 Fr cow 690kg 1010

1 Lm cow 710kg 1180

1 Ch cow 705kg 1290

In Dungarvan mart on Monday Friesian bull calves sold from €50 to €140 a head.

Hereford bull calves were making up to €370 a head, with quality Hereford heifer calves selling up to €380 a head in Dungarvan on Monday.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 550kg 1170

2 Hr steers 530kg 1030

2 Fr steers 537kg 925

2 Hr heifers 437kg 855

1 Lm heifer 455kg 990

2 AA heifers 410kg 840

1 Fr cow 670kg 1150

“We had a strong trade for bullocks, and a lively trade in heifers,” said Sean Leahy, Corrin mart manager.

On Tuesday, 1,300 cattle were on offer in Corrin. Store bullocks made from €160 to €655 with their weight; beef bullocks made up to €630 with the kilo.

Heifers sold from €260 to €490 with the weight. Butcher types made up to €635 with the kilo. Dry cows made from €550 to €1060 a head.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 510kg 1090

3 Lim steers 428kg 1110

5 AA steers 299kg 730

7 Fr steers 365kg 645

3 Hr heifers 440kg 885

2 AA heifers 600kg 1235

1 Fr cow 765kg 1060

Finally in this week’s report, in Macroom mart on Saturday, dry cows sold from €20 under to €490 over the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €295 to €635 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €250 to €605 over their weight. Heifers sold from €245 to €570 over their weight.

And, unlike Hollywood, all envelopes exchanged on the day had the correct content.



No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Lm steers 375kg 970

2 Hr steers 595kg 1200

3 Hr steers 385kg 880

1 Ch heifer 405kg 940

1 Lm heifer 340kg 905

1 Sim cow 740kg 1230

1 AA cow 695kg 1120

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