Bandon mart manager Tom McCarthy had high praise for the encouraging spirit of weanling exporters and farmer buyers who he said were, “showing tremendous confidence in these times, when it is so badly needed.”
After a good sale of cattle in Bandon on Monday, Tom spoke about the trade for the lighter store and the weanling (250-350kg), saying both types of stock were in “great demand” in the Bandon and Skibbereen marts.
The weanling eyed up by exporters, the light store appealing to farmer buyers.
“The lighter store is being purchased by farmers who are looking ahead, looking perhaps 12 months down the line, when Brexit and all the uncertainty attached to it could well be behind us.
“They are looking to a time when hopefully Boris or whoever will lead the charge will have got some agreement, and we can all drive on with confidence.
“The saving grace for us this year has definitely been grass growth. It’s been tremendous. Thankfully in this country of ours, there is always a saving grace.
“As a result, there is good life in the marts. The fodder saved, and a good cover of grass on the ground, are giving farmers with money to spend a great sense of backup for the winter ahead.
This feed is getting buyers out and giving them, in spite of all the negative reports, the confidence to forge ahead.
“You have to admire buyers like these, who drive on and keep the wheels of the mart moving.”
In Bandon on Monday, the mart had 350 calves on offer. Young Friesian bulls made from €50 to €130 a head, with the more seasoned chap making €295 a head.
Dry cows in Bandon sold from €100 under to €550 with the kilo.
Friesian bullocks made from €200 to €360 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €350 to €650 with the kilo.
Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €250 to €500 with the kilo. Heifers in Bandon on Monday sold from €250 to €510 with their weight.
Corrin mart on Tuesday had 520 cattle on offer.
Mart manager Sean Leahy, reported a very lively trade for bullocks.
“We had an excellent demand for all weights and breeds,” said Sean.
Store bullocks here sold from €100 to €400 with their weight, with forward store bullocks making up to €660 with the kilo.
Sean reported a good, steady trade for heifers. Store heifers in Corrin sold from €180 to €380 with the weight with butcher types making up to €505 with the kilo.
Sean reported a “strong trade” for dry cows, and they sold from €470 to €1,110 a head.
In Macroom mart on Saturday, dry cows sold from €60 under to €505 over the kilo. Friesian bullocks made from €170 to €345 with the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €210 to €475 with their weight.
Continental bullocks made from €300 to €570 with their weight.
Heifers in Macroom mart made from €190 to €470 with the kilo.
Weanling bulls sold from €230 to €555 over the kilo.
Weanling heifers sold from €200 to €465 over the kilo in Macroom on Saturday.
Next we turn to Michael Scanlon of Kanturk mart, for a report on this week’s cattle sale.
“We had a very big turnout of cattle here on Tuesday. We had 520 cattle, including 120 weanling and suck calves.
A good steady trade for all animals, we had a complete clearance, with plenty of customers at ringside very keen for stock.
On Tuesday, September 10, Kanturk mart will hold a show and sale for spring born weanlings.
This sale, sponsored by Boherbue Co-Op Creameries, will have show categories in Limousin, Belgian Blue, Charolais, Simmental and a mixed class.
Intakes will open from 7am, show cattle must be penned by 10am, judging from 10.30am, sale of show cattle at 1pm, prizes to the value of €2,000.
In Skibbereen on Friday, dry cows sold from €1/kg to €380 with the kilo.
Weanling bulls sold from €260 to €550 with the kilo, weanling heifers sold from €225 to €415 with the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €240 to €430 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €300 to €575 with the kilo. Heifers here sold from €200 to €635 with the kilo.
“Again last Monday, the trade was very strong here in Kilmallock,” Denis Kirby of GVM reported.
Kilmallock mart had 113 buyers in attendance.
Bullocks here sold for up to €2.11/kg. Dry cows made up to €1,220 a head, or €1.49/kg. Heifers hit €2.22/kg. Dairy stock in Kilmallock hit €1300 (paid for a three-year-old calved cow).
On Tuesday evening, September 10, Kilmallock mart’s second weanling show and sale of the season takes place, starting at 6pm (intake at 3pm), judging at 5.30pm.
Finally for this week, Ann Keane of Clare Co-Op marts gave us the run down of prices and trends, after a weanling and suckler sale at Ennis mart.
“We had a big sale on Tuesday, with 750 head on offer, a week after our show and sale.
“Trade for bulls was solid, with strong shipper activity and farmer activity in this ring.
The heifer trade was easier, with the exception of good quality store heifers in the 320kgs to 380kg bracket.
“A large entry of runners met a good trade, but not quite as dear as last week, but some very fancy prices for top lots yet again, and heifer runners peaking at €740. Bull runners peaked at €990.
“Suckler pairings reached €1,670. A small entry of suck calves also met a good demand.”