Cattle marts report: Cattle weighing well and strong demand keeps prices buoyant on the marts

It wasn’t a great summer for hay making, nor was it a great summer for dairy farmers.

However, it surely has been a near perfect year for grazing cattle.

Store cattle appearing at the marts at the moment have all the signs of their lush grass diet.

In Bandon on Monday, many cattle may have had a wet look about them, only natural after a morning of heavy rain, but they also had a plump look about them after a summer of abundant grass.

Certainly there has been an easing in the price being paid for store cattle in the marts over the past couple of weeks, but with cattle weighing well, sellers in the marts can have little to complain about.

In Bandon on Monday, dry cows sold from 100 to 630 with their weight. Heifers in Bandon made from 300 to 755 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from 260 to 620 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from 400 to 860 with the kilo. Continental bullocks made from 400 to 900 with the kilo.

There was a good demand for calves of all descriptions and sizes at Bandon. Friesian heifer calves were much sought after, and runner type spring born Friesian bull calves were commanding 400 a head.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Hr steer 770kg 1380

3 Fr steers 900kg 1570

1 AA heifer 775kg 1530

1 Hr heifer 465kg 970

1 BB heifer 445kg 1070

3 Lm cows 745kg 1375

1 Fr cow 760kg 1215

In Macroom Mart on Saturday, dry cows sold from €100 to €610 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks made from 205 to 760 over the kilo.

Continental bullocks sold from €240 to €670 over the kilo. Heifers sold from €225 to €870 with the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Hr steer 760kg 1520

5 AA steers 485kg 1035

1 BB steer 530kg 1200

5 Lm steers 434kg 1005

1 Lm heifer 600kg 1470

1 Lm heifer 575kg 1430

1 Lm cow 760kg 1360

Like many more people around the country, I made the pilgrimage to the ploughing in Laois this week, to look at tractor skills I could never perform, to view animals I will only own in my dreams, and to see expensive machines that will never rest in my yard.

This year, I cast my gaze on the exciting new Toyota Hilux range. At this stage, my old Hilux is anything but exciting and new.

I have been resting my old bum in the driver’s seat of the Hilux for many years, and in fairness to the machine, it has never let me down.

It has passed countless CVRT tests in its time.

Alas, I fear the old girl might be coming to the end of the road.

For whatever reason, my Hilux seems to have developed a phobia when it comes to heading west.

Should I head north, south or east she drives on as good as before, but swing west and the life, or at least the turbo, seems to go from her.

It’s as if the setting sun is having a detrimental effect on her performance.

So it’s mighty lucky for me then that the Ploughing is a north-south journey without any deviations west at all.

Anyway, because of my jeeps’ failing health, I feel I should at the very least check out the new range of jeeps.

Who knows, when the powers that be from Toyota see the forlorn and dishevelled looking farmer peering longingly into the crystal clear window of the Hilux cab, they just might anoint me as one of their ‘brand ambassadors.’ That’s my only hope.

I can assure Toyota they don’t have to twist my arm to take a new Hilux.

A good secondhand machine with handy mileage would do me just fine.

As long as the Hilux didn’t have an aversion to going west, I’d be on board as an ambassador quicker than you could say Jack Robinson.

Back to another kind of dealing, there was a strong trade for cattle in Kilmallock mart on Monday, according to Denis Kirby.

“We had over 200 buyers very anxious for cattle of all types. There is tremendous confidence in the trade at the moment, with the recent wet weather doing no harm to the prices.”

Bullocks in Kilmallock sold for up to €2.74 per kg.

Heifers hit €2.37 per kg, with cows going to a high of €1,235.

Weanling bulls in Kilmallock sold for up to €3.26 per kg, weanling heifers made up to €2.76 per kg.

Looking at the suckler trade, in Kilmallock on Monday a 3 year old Limousin and her Limousin bull calf sold for €1,350. A 3 year old Limousin and her Limousin heifer calf made €1,460.

And looking at dairy stock, a 3 year old calved cow sold for €1,320, while a 5 year old calved Jersey cow made €1,170.

On Monday next, Kilmallock mart will have a special entry of eight Friesian dairy cows springing to calve.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Lm steers 392kg 880

2 Hr steers 390kg 865

3 AA steers 393kg 755

4 Ch steers 724kg 1455

5 Fr steers 380kg 785

3 AA heifers 335kg 735

3 Hr heifers 288kg 670

Turning next to Thurles mart, where mart manager Martin Ryan gave us this report after Monday’s cattle sale. “Numbers were steady here today, although we generally find after a very wet day like yesterday numbers are negatively affected.

The bullock trade was generally excellent with good prices and excellent stock on offer.

Exceptional prices were paid for good Friesian stock.”

An example here would be 5 Friesian bullocks weighing 508kg and selling for 1,050.

“Heifer prices were a little weaker, especially for the plainer types.”

Thurles

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 AA steers 426kg 960

3 Hr steers 333kg 800

2 BB steers 367kg 930

2 Lm steers 456kg 1070

2 Ch steers 717kg 1640

3 Sim heifers 388kg 870

3 Ch heifers 420kg 1030

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 550 cattle on offer, with mart manager Sean Leahy giving us this report.

“We had a very strong trade for bullocks today, with an excellent demand for all types, store bullocks in Corrin made from €280 to €550 over the kilo, with forward bullocks making up to €800. On Tuesday store heifers in Corrin made from €320 to €550 with butcher types making up to €900 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Corrin sold from 550 to 1170 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 750kg 1460

6 Fr steers 490kg 965

2 Sim steers 724kg 1455

3 Ch heifers 538kg 1260

2 Lm heifers 396kg 940

3 AA heifers 540kg 1100

1 Ch cow 654kg 1170

And finally this week, we go to Kanturk mart, where after Tuesday’s cattle mart, manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report.

“Prices were a little back on last week, with a great entry of 600 cattle, considering the ploughing match. Once again, demand was greater than supply.

“Next week sees our weanling show and sale for spring born weanlings, sponsored by Boherbue Co-Op. Entries are taken on the day, with prizes to the value of €2,500 up for grabs.”


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