Cattle marts: Heavens smile down upon a sunny week for buyers and sellers at busy cattle marts

I threw on my coat, fully prepared as I headed out the door, bound for Kilmallock cattle mart on Monday morning.

But I soon realised I didn’t need the thing at all. I needed the coat for Kilmallock about as much as our Government claims it needs the €13bn from Apple. 

It was surplus to requirements. A thing of little importance, something I could well do without.

Monday turned out to be a smasher of a day. Never mind grass growth, the day was so good you’d grow yourself.

And it’s no surprise then that the trade in the marts this week is holding steady. 

This mighty kick to the weather as we face the backend of the year is giving us the confidence to hold onto more cattle a little longer, and it’s also a great encouragement to those purchasing cattle. 

The grass still has plenty of life in it and so have we. As autumn begins, there’s a spring in our step.

We head first to Dungarvan mart and to mart manager, Ger Flynn, who gave us this report after Monday’s cattle sale.

“We had a bigger sale of cattle here on Monday with a slight improvement in prices. There was a good trade for quality continental bullocks and store heifers, with the dry cow trade holding well.”

Dungarvan

Monday

3 Ch steers 630kg 1285

7 AA steers 545kg 1100

6 AA steers 499kg 1080

2 Lm steers 440kg 890

2 Ch heifers 365kg 850

1 Hr cow 785kg 1155

1 Fr cow 700kg 1080

And after the cattle sale in Kilmallock on Monday, Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart had this to say: “The trade here was strong, as you saw yourself. Cattle prices took a big jump this week up by €20 to almost €90 a head. Hopefully this trend will continues as we head into the autumn.”

In Kilmallock on Monday bullocks sold for up to €2.51 per kg. Dry cows went to a high of €1.73 per kg. 

Heifers sold for up to €2.66 per kg. Sucklers sold for up to €1,660 (paid for a six-year-old Shorthorn and her Charolais bull calf), while €1,060 was paid in the dairy ring for a two-year-old calved heifer. 

The largest sum paid for a calf on Monday was €650 for a 14-week-old Limousin bull.

Next Monday, September 12, Kilmallock mart will hold a Show and Sale for weanling stock. This sale begins at 10.30am (judging at 9.30am).

Kilmallock

Monday

1 Ch heifer 328kg 890

2 AA heifers 340kg 660

1 Sim heifer 475kg 980

1 BB heifer 595kg 1380

2 Hr heifers 458kg 890

1 Hr cow 450kg 800

1 Fr cow 485kg 720

And in Kanturk mart on Tuesday the cattle trade was also reported to be on the up. Local Kanturk mart manager, Seamus O’Keeffe, gave us the following report after the weekly cattle sale.

“On Tuesday last we saw a large sale of 543 animals with 100 calves going through the ring. Bullock prices were up on last week, with bullocks making up to €2.50 per kg and heifers here made up to €2.45 per kg.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

8 Hr steers 720kg 1300

2 Lm steers 425kg 1090

4 Ch steers 450kg 1060

1 BB heifer 387kg 870

1 Hr heifer 575kg 1100

1 Hr cow 740kg 1200

1 Fr cow 660kg 950

Bandon had 120 calves on offer on Monday. And for those of us who in the coming months will be attempting to pick up a few calves, we might well need the pockets of Tim Cook to rustle up the money required.

Hereford and Angus calves in Bandon on Monday made from €200 a head up to €500 a head for runners, and elsewhere in the mart dry cows sold for from €100 under to €685 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks on Monday made from €310 to €715 over the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €255 to €730 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks in Bandon made from €190 to €390 with the weight. Heifers in Bandon on Monday made from €355 to €545 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Sim steers 485kg 1200

6 Fr steers 460kg 785

3 AA heifers 510kg 1055

2 Hr heifers 410kg 830

1 Ch cow 815kg 1400

1 Fr cow 640kg 1000

In Skibbereen mart of Friday dry cows sold from €80 under to €475 with the kilo. Continental bullocks here made up to €725 with the kilo. Hereford and Angus bullocks made from €325 to €570 with their weight.

Heifers in Skibbereen on Friday sold from €400 to €745 over the kilo. Weanling bulls here sold from €320 to €665 over the kilo, while weanling heifers made from €275 to €500 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 527kg 1250

1 Lm steer 560kg 1250

2 BB heifers 387kg 950

1 Ch heifer 655kg 1310

1 AA heifer 540kg 1050

1 Lm heifer 535kg 1280

1 Ch cow 505kg 980

Next we go to Corrin mart where after Tuesday’s cattle sale mart manager, Sean Leahy, gave us the following report. 

“We had an excellent and much improved trade for bullocks here today. There was a very strong trade for dry cows here also.”

Dry cows in Corrin sold from €440 up to €1370 a head.

Store bullocks in Corrin mart made from €200 to €630 over the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €650 over the kilo.

Store heifers in Corrin on Tuesday made from €200 to €450 over the kilo, with butcher types making up to €700 over the kilo.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 700kg 1350

7 Hr steers 448kg 955

4 Fr steers 390kg 640

2 Lm heifers 395kg 845

2 AA heifers 520kg 1080

1 Fr cow 745kg 1020

1 Sim cow 895kg 1370

In Macroom on Saturday dry cows sold from €70 under to €480 over the kilo. 

Continental bullocks sold from €290 to €747 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen bullocks sold from €260 to €530 over their weight. Heifers in Macroom on Saturday sold from €250 to €785 over the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 465kg 995

3 Hr steers 455kg 925

1 Lm steer 685kg 1430

4 Ch steers 450kg 1020

2 Lm heifers 430kg 1015

1 Ch cow 660kg 1440

1 Lm cow 620kg 910


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