Demand builds as grass buyers finally get busy at the mart

This week, it really feels life is zooming by. We are all busy. Between farming and confirmations. Between religion and our calling to the land, we haven’t a moment to spare.

Demand builds as grass buyers finally get busy at the mart

By Denis Lehane

John Lennon, while responsible for a lot of wonderful music, could also compile a whole lot of crazy lyrics. “I am the egg man. They are the egg men. I am the walrus. Goo goo g’joob,” to quote just one prime example of fruitiness.

However, the famous Beatle could also be profound.

To paraphrase the great man: “Life is something that passes you by while you’re busy doing other things.”

How true this is. For a man who lived a shortened life, Lennon had a good grasp of it.

This week, it really feels life is zooming by. We are all busy. Between farming and confirmations. Between religion and our calling to the land, we haven’t a moment to spare.

Right now, I have a man in the yard dehorning calves and I have a girl in this house running around getting prepared for her confirmation, and I am busy in search of my best pair of brown shoes. And while this is going on, I’m expected to write a mart report!

“Surely not!” you cry. “It cannot be done!” Well, it can. Especially when you have mart managers like Seamus O’Keeffe of Kanturk mart who are willing to tell you what’s going on, thus reducing the time needed for the head scratching and pencil chewing that mart reporters can be forced to do. We start with Seamus and his summing up of Tuesday’s Kanturk sale.

He also takes a look back atlast Saturday’s very successful dairy clearance sale .

“1,240 cattle, which included 410 calves, came under the hammer here on Tuesday,” Seamus reported. “There was much improved trade from last week, due to better weather. There is now a great demand for cattle for grass, with plenty of farmer customers eager for stock.”

“We had an excellent sale of dairy stock on last Saturday. This was a clearance sale of calved cows from the renowned Cleena Herd. The sale started at 12 noon and finished at 6.45pm, with a full clearance. We had a big attendance of buyers from all parts of the country. At the end of the sale the cows were going to 35 new homes. First, second and third calvers made €1,500 to €1,800 with one young cow making €2,600. Older cows made from €1,100 to €1,400.”

Kanturk, Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 600kg 1375

1 Hr steer 650kg 1270

1 Fr steer 645kg 1265

3 Sim steers 560kg 1160

3 AA steers 551kg1145

1 Lm cow 700kg 1430

1 Fr cow 730kg 1170

In Skibbereen, dry cows sold from €40 under to €475 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €250 to €590 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks made from €180 to €375 with the weight.

Skibbereen, Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

6 Hr steers 480kg 1070

4 AA steers 390kg 780

3 AA steers 355kg 740

2 Fr steers 595kg 960

1 AA cow 610kg 1050

1 Hr cow 720kg 1190

1 Lm cow 695kg 1170

Dungarvan mart manager Ger Flynn reported “a big sale” on Monday “with prices holding well for all types of stores”. In Dungarvan mart Friesian bull calves sold from €70 to €135, with up to €200 a head being paid for strong Friesian bulls.

Dungarvan, Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 BB steer 655kg 1395

5 AA steers 574kg 1215

1 Lm steer 470kg 1140

2 Fr heifers 602kg 1195

1 Lm heifer 480kg 980

1 AA cow 830kg 1390

1 Fr cow 770kg 1060

In Kilmallock, 1,800 cattle, including 600 calves, 500 weanlings and 210 dry cows, were on offer Monday.

Denis Kirby of GVM reported “a strong trade, with summer grazers and exporters very anxious to purchase stock”.

Kilmallock, Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 AA steers 395kg 750

2 Lim steers 508kg 1270

4 Ch steers 545kg 1270

1 Hr steer 515kg 1240

3 AA heifers 485kg 985

1 Lim heifer 435kg 870

1 Fr cow 495kg 890

Bullocks in Kilmallock sold for up to €2.50/kg. Weanling bulls hit €2.93/kg. Dry cows sold for up to €1,460 each or up to €2/kg. Heifers in Kilmallock sold for up to €2.30/kg. Dairy stock made up to €1,420 (for a four-year-old cow). Suckler cows hit €1,440 (for an eight-year-old Limousin and her Belgian Blue heifer calf). Calves sold for up to €470 each (a 5-week old Hereford bull).

The calf sale begins at 9.30am at Kilmallock mart with intake open at 7am.

Kilkenny, Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 745 1820

2 BB steers 640 1560

3 Hr steers 620 1380

4 Fr steers 505 1050

6 Ch heifers 475kg 1205

2 Lim heifers 395 1000

4 AA heifers 365kg 800

At Kilkenny mart, George Candler said: “Quality continentals met a great trade, but plainer lighter types are harder to sell. Many of the lighter dairy influenced types would have achieved just as a good returns if sold as calves. Some of these animals now fetching €380 to €480 per head would have taken a lot of feed and time to get this far.”

All 200 cull cows on offer sold. Friesian cull cows made €1.10 to €1.90 per kilo, with continentals from €1.30 to €2.30 per kilo. Friesian heifer calves peaked at €300; freshly calved cows and heifers made €1,365 to €1,870.

Macroom, Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Hr steers 650kg 1320

1 AA steer 445kg 1060

2 Lm steers 440kg 1110

1 Lm heifer 545kg 1320

4 Ch heifers 390kg 980

1 Sh cow 765kg 1400

1 Sim cow 705kg 1370

In Macroom, Saturday, dry cows sold from €20 under to €665 over the kg. Friesian bullocks sold from €195 to €445 with the kg. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €255 to €670 with their weight. Continental bullocks made from €320 to €670 over the kilo.

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