Calves holding their value well for this time of year as marts report steady trading

I was in Fermoy on Sunday at a sporting event and saw silage being made. I was back there on Tuesday, at Corrin mart, and you’d be half inclined to open a bale.

Our weather is extremely varied at the moment. It’s winter one minute and summer the next. This May, while silage is being saved, it’s also being used.

There are very few of us, I imagine, who haven’t got some animals chewing on a bit of silage this week. So in such circumstances it’s no wonder then that the trade in the marts has slipped just a tad. It can be hard to focus the mind on new stock, when you are already busy trying to look after the ones you have.

As I mentioned earlier I went to Corrin Mart on Tuesday, I met mart manager Sean Leahy just after the calf sale had finished, Corrin had 300 calves on offer.

“Calves are holding well for the time of the year,” Sean said, “we had some good Belgian Blue bull calves here today and they were making up to €600 a head.”

Numbers of stock on offer in Corrin mart have reduced as would be the norm, however the trade is holding well.

Store cull cows are in big demand at the moment, with farmers looking for stock for summer grazing.

In Corrin on Tuesday store bullocks made from €200 to €600 over the kilo, with beef bullocks heading up to €800 with their weight.

Store heifers here made from €280 to €600 with their weight, with butcher types making prices of up to €890 over the kilo.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 650kg 1445

1 Lm heifer 270kg 870

4 Ch heifers 340kg 865

5 AA heifers 289kg 740

1 Fr cow 546kg 1070

1 Fr cow 780kg 1440

1 AA cow 668kg 1380

Calf numbers in Bandon mart on Monday were holding well, with almost 900 calves on offer.

Mart manager Tom McCarthy reported that the strong trade for all types of calves is continuing.

The dry cow trade in Bandon, just like in Corrin, seems to have taken off with Tom reporting, “a massive trade for feeding cows”.

Dry cows in Bandon sold from €180 to €770 with the kilo on Monday.

Continental bullocks in Bandon sold from €450 to €820 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €410 to €700 with the kilo, while Friesians sold from €240 to €500 with the kilo. Heifers on Monday sold from €300 to €700 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Ch steers 379kg 970

6 Hr steers 338kg 795

7 AA steers 572kg 1190

4 Fr steers 488kg 890

3 AA heifers 471kg 965

1 Ch cow 790kg 1560

1 Fr cow 540kg 1000

Next we turn to Thurles mart where after Monday’s cattle sale Martin Ryan gave us this report.

“Overall a great trade and perhaps stronger than media indications,” he said. “Cattle quality and numbers are above expectations.”

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 AA steers 283kg 780

8 Hr steers 308kg 840

2 BB steers 465kg 1180

3 Lm steers 370kg 800

2 Ch heifers 315kg 835

3 AA heifers 333kg 800

6 Lm heifers 473kg 1150

Next we move to Dungarvan mart where after Monday’s cattle sale mart manager Ger Flynn gave us this report.

“We had a good trade all round, with an excellent trade for quality dry cows. Quality continental bulls sold from €2.30/kg to €2.57/kg with weights from 352kg to 520kg.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 AA steers 566kg 1225

6 Ch bulls 523kg 1180

2 Ch bulls 352kg 905

2 AA heifers 497kg 1070

1 BB heifer 430kg 1010

1 Ch cow 955kg 1835

4 Fr cow 742kg 1285

Kilmallock Mart had 1,428 stock, including 650 calves, on offer last Monday.

Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart reported, “the trade was outstanding for all types of animals.

The trade for dairy stock was particularly strong, with a five-year-old cow making €1,560.

Hereford bullocks hit €3 per kg, with Friesians bullocks still hitting the €2 per kg mark. Dry cows here were a flying trade, with some cows hitting the €2 per kg.”

Meanwhile, looking at the sales of suckler stock in Kilmallock mart, an eight-year-old Limousin cow and her Hereford bull and heifer calves made €1,940.

An 11-year-old Belgian Blue and her Limousin heifer calf sold for €1,500.

While a three-year-old Hereford and her Hereford heifer calf made €1,250 at Monday’s cattle sale.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 393kg 1005

2 Hr steers 380kg 920

2 AA steer 335kg 820

1 BB steer 590kg 1240

1 Lm heifer 470kg 1120

1 Ch heifer 350kg 930

1 Hr heifer 500kg 1110

Macroom mart had a good sale of cattle on Saturday with prices maintained across the board.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

6 AA steers 555kg 1210

3 Ch steers 400kg 1100

3 Ch heifers 588kg 1310

2 Lm heifers 550kg 1210

4 Lm heifers 485kg 1115

1 Lm cow 645kg 1300

1 Fr cow 590kg 1030

Next we go to Kilkenny mart, where mart manager George Candler gave us this report after last Thursday’s cattle sale. “We had a very small sale of cattle due to a seasonal decline, and many farmers who had cattle to sell went to Gowran instead, re the Glanbia vote. The trade showed a decrease for plainer animals,” said George

And looking at the cull cow trade in Kilkenny, Friesian cull cows made from €1.30/kg to €1.80/kg with continental cull cows on sale making from €1.50/kg to €2.26kg.

Kilkenny

Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 340kg 805

7 Ch steers 460kg 1245

2 Lm steers 335kg 970

2 BB heifers 600kg 1410

2 AA heifers 385kg 820

1 Ch heifer 445kg 1140

1 Lm heifer 500kg 1170

And finally for this week, we go to Kanturk mart where after Tuesday’s sale of cattle, mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report. “We had a big sale here again today with 1,000 animals on offer, which included 530 calves.

Bullock prices were the same as last week and all calves made big money, with plenty of buyers present from around the country. Exceptional prices were paid for Continental calves with the price of the day being €620 for a Belgian Blue Heifer.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Fr steers 600kg 1200

5 AA steers 670kg 1360

3 Lm steers 535kg 1070

4 Ch heifers 635kg 1190

3 Lm heifers 370kg 965

1 Fr cow 635kg 1140

1 Lm cow 585kg 1145


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