Cattle mart report: Cattle sales on the up, but small calves, like Beckham’s emails, should stay at home

It looks like David Beckham won’t be receiving a knighthood anytime soon.

Poor old Golden Balls and his bundle of emails. You couldn’t but have pity for the multi-millionaire ex-footballer. 

Who would have guessed of Beckham that literature would be his downfall? Anyway, I guess it just goes to show that the word can be mightier than the sword.

Staying on the subject of words, dairy farmers anxious to sell calves this spring might well heed the following from Tom McCarthy, mart manager of Bandon mart. 

“To get the best money for Friesian bulls this spring, the aim should be to make sure they are 20 to 25 days old before taking them to the mart.”

Alas, once again this year, the smaller calf — who should really be back home in bed — is appearing in the ring. 

Clearly dairy farmers are under space and time pressure, with calves seeing the road far too early. A bit like the emails of David Beckham, they really shouldn’t be out and about in public at all.

In Bandon on Monday, Friesian bulls sold from €65 to €140, with stronger calves, 2016 models, making up to €220 a head. 

Total calf numbers on Monday were almost double the previous week, Bandon mart had 600 calves on offer on Monday.

Dry cows on Monday sold from €50 under to €490 with the kilo.

Bullocks sold from €200 to €620 with the weight. Heifers in Bandon made from €200 to €665 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Ch steers 477kg 830

5 Sim steers 307kg 830

2 AA steers 602kg 1150

1 Sim heifer 525kg 1120

1 BB heifer 575kg 1180

1 Fr cow 780kg 1010

1 Hr cow 760kg 1230

In Dungarvan mart on Monday some examples of the smaller Friesian bull were also spotted. Here the Friesian bull sold from €30 to €130 a head. Strong Aberdeen Angus bull calves were making up to €400 a head in Dungarvan on Monday.

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 645kg 1305

4 AA steers 591kg 1175

4 BB steers 555kg 1110

2 Fr steers 590kg 1150

1 Sim cow 780kg 1175

1 Fr cow 780kg 1125

1 Fr cow 695kg 1060

Some 950 stock, including 200 calves, were on offer at Kilmallock mart on Monday. Demand for stock was strong with buyers from all over the country, including Northern Ireland, present.

Bullocks sold for up to €2.38 per kg. Weanlings made €2.87 per kg. Dry cows sold to a high of €1.63 per kg.

Heifers hit €2.43 per kg.

In the calf ring, there were 44 buyers, with calves selling for up to €470 a head. In the dairy ring, €1,410 was paid for a calved heifer, while €1,320 was paid for an in-calf cow.

Next Monday, February 13, there will be a clearance sale of 50 top class dairy cows as well as 12 in-calf heifers at Kilmallock mart. The sale is due to begin at 11am. 

From next Monday, the calf intake will open at 7.30am with the calf sale commencing at 10am. The weanling bull sale will commence at 10.30am.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm heifer 475kg 1000

1 AA heifer 480kg 975

2 Hr heifers 485kg 920

2 BB heifers 350kg 760

1 Fr cow 585kg 955

1 Fr cow 775kg 555

1 AA cow 480kg 700

Kanturk mart had a very big sale of cattle on Tuesday with 720 cattle on offer, this number included 160 calves.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 AA steers 577kg 1190

2 Hr steers 565kg 1040

1 AA steer 530kg 1060

4 Fr steer 595kg 1110

1 Lm heifer 610kg 1170

2 BB heifers 550kg 1095

2 AA heifers 500kg 1000

“We had a very lively trade for all bullocks on Tuesday with an improved trade on last week,” was the report we received from Corrin mart manager Sean Leahy.

In Corrin on Tuesday, store bullocks made from €180 to €480 with their weight, with beef bullocks making up to €700 with the kilo.

Sean also reported a good trade for heifers and dry cows. In Corrin on Tuesday, store heifers sold from €200 to €460 with the weight, with butcher types making up to €700 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Corrin made from €500 to €1,350 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 580kg 1280

5 AA steers 445kg 910

2 Ch steers 570kg 1180

1 Lm heifer 595kg 1290

1 AA heifer 580kg 1160

1 Hr cow 790kg 1350

1 Fr cow 885kg 1120

Next, we go to Macroom mart and to mart manger John O’Mahony who gave us the following report after Saturday’s cattle sale. 

“We had a great trade for dry cows here last Saturday with most store cows making over the €1/kg. Heavier cows made up to €600 with the weight.

“Bullocks met a similar trade to last week, except maybe for the lighter Friesian bullock, where the trade was a bit tougher. Dry heifers met with a very good trade. Calf numbers are slow in coming out this spring, with calving a bit later to last year.”

In Macroom on Saturday, dry cows sold from €90 under to €615 over the kilo. Continental bullocks made from €300 to €480 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €245 to €490 over their weight. Heifers sold from €250 to €595 over their weight.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Sim steers 420kg 900

3 Ch steers 375kg 845

6 Hr steers 305kg 730

4 Sim heifers 450kg 990

2 Lm heifer 410kg 940

1 Lm heifer 380kg 975

1 Lm cow 705kg 1175

In Skibbereen on Friday, dry cows made from €110 under to €350 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks sold from €400 up to €650 with their weight. Friesian bullocks here made from €200 to €400 over the kilo. Hereford and Angus bullocks made from €300 to €500 with the kilo.

Heifers in Skibbereen sold from €300 to €600 with the kilo. Weanling bulls sold from €300 to €600 with the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Fr steers 545kg 870

1 Ch steer 610kg 1245

3 Hr steers 535kg 1000

2 Lm heifers 312kg 790

2 Sim heifers 195kg 535

1 Hr cow 815kg 1370

1 Lm cow 680kg 1100

Kilkenny mart on Thursday had 680 cattle on offer. Mart manager, George Candler, gave us this following report after the sale: “In the bullock ring on Thursday, the predominant breed was Friesian, which resulted in continental bullocks meeting a very lively trade. 

All heifers met a good solid trade, and in some cases prices were ahead of last week’s returns. Cull cows peaked at €2.05 per kilo for continentals.”

In Kilkenny mart, Friesian cull cows sold from €0.70 to €1.75 per kilo.

Continental cull cows made from €1.25 to €2.05 per kilo.

Kilkenny

Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Hr steers 630kg 1225

6 Fr steers 530kg 870

7 Ch steers 475kg 1200

2 AA steers 590kg 1220

1 Lim heifer 520kg 1270

6 AA heifers 540kg 1200

5 Ch heifers 645kg 1450



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