Cattle marts report: €50-60 off recent store prices was timely ahead of this week’s factory price cuts

Forgive me today if my mart report is a bit trína chéile.

You see, once I’m finished reporting on this week’s market, I’m off to the bright lights of the Everyman Theatre in Cork city, to interview actress Mary McEvoy, for this very paper.

Mary, of course, played the part of Biddy Byrne in the Glenroe TV soap opera for many years, she’s a household name.

So take no notice of me if I’m a bit giddy. It’s simply that I’m very excited.

Anyway. I went to Corrin mart on Tuesday to try and take my mind of the interview, and it was a sale that would have certainly suited Wicklow sheep farmer Dinny Byrne.

The weekly sheep sale was held back for a day, and it took place in conjunction with Tuesday’s cattle sale.

The August bank holiday being the reason why the sheep farmer and the cattle man were sitting side by side.

And for those farmers like Dinny Byrne with an interest in sheep, I don’t think there is any harm in me reporting that in Corrin on Tuesday, the mart had 200 sheep on offer, with butchers’ lambs making from €86 to €119 over the kilo, or €48 to €66 with their weight.

And cast ewes made from €24 to €110 a head.

Before I get into right trouble, I’d better run back to cattle, and in Corrin on Tuesday, the mart had 680 cattle on offer.

The mart had some nice stock up for grabs on Tuesday, with store bullocks making from €250 to €660 over the kilo.

Mart manger Sean Leahy reported “a very strong trade for bullocks, with an excellent demand for all types and weights.”

The trade for heifers was reported as ‘lively’ by Sean, with heifers making from €300 to €550, and butcher types making up to €880 with the kilo.

“We had a great demand for dry cows, with cows selling from €480 to €1,320 a head,” Sean added.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 755kg 1590

3 AA steers 465kg 1110

6 Fr steers 480kg 900

7 Ch steers 518kg 1220

2 AA heifers 390kg 890

1 Hr heifer 500kg 1100

5 BB heifers 480kg 1100

Skibbereen mart on Friday had a big sale of stock, with 400 cattle on offer. Trade over all was a little quieter, especially for plainer lots.

Continental bullocks in Skibbereen made from €350 to €730 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €300 to €450 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €365 to €565 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Skibbereen made from €700 to 1€,350 a head.

Heifers on Friday sold from €380 to €625 with their weight.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 AA steers 440kg 990

1 Lm steer 660kg 1390

4 Hr heifers 605kg 1170

2 Fr steers 640kg 1090

3 Hr heifers 339kg 780

1 Ch cow 715kg 1350

3 Ch cows 487kg 1190

I have plans myself to sell store bullocks in the mart over the coming weeks, so you’d say the last thing I should be doing is talking down the price.

Sadly, being a fool where honesty is concerned, I have to report that over the past two weeks, a noticeable price drop has taken place.

From what I’ve seen and heard, plain stores and quality stores too are back, approximately €50 to €60 a head.

And with talk of the factory price heading a little south, the good year may yet end with a nasty little sting in the tail.

Bank Holiday Monday saw a huge turnout of 1,417 stock at Kilmallock mart.

“While plainer stock may be a shade easier, the majority of cattle here still sold for impressive money,” Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart told me.

Bullocks in Kilmallock on Monday sold for up to €3 per kg. Heifers hit 2.92 per kg.

Dry cows went to a high of €1.97 per kg. Weanlings sold for up to €3.58 per kg.

Looking at dairy stock, a 3-year-old calved cow sold for 1,460. A 3-year-old calved Jersey cow sold for €1,280.

And a 2-year-old in-calf heifer, time up to Hereford, sold for €1,250.

Turning to sucklers, a 5-year-old Limousin and her Limousin bull calf made €1,920.

A 5-year-old Simmental and her Hereford heifer calf sold for €1,530. A 4-year-old Jersey and her Belgian Blue calf made €1,200.

Next Monday, Kilmallock mart will hold a weanling show and sale.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Hr steers 365kg 830

4 AA steers 270kg 690

3 Ch steers 438kg 1250

1 BB steer 480kg 1065

1 Sim heifer 475kg 1160

3 Ch heifers 452kg 1105

1 Fr cow 470kg 750

In Macroom mart on Saturday last, dry cows sold from €130 to €705 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks made from €220 to €740 over the kilo.

Continental bullocks sold from €242 to €790 over the kilo.

Heifers sold from €240 to €750 with the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 590kg 1330

6 Hr steers 430kg 970

1 Lm steer 570kg 1325

3 Ch steers 455kg 1140

1 Lm heifer 480kg 1230

1 Lm heifer 440kg 1040

1 Ch cow 755kg 1460

Next we look back to last Thursday’s cattle sale in Kilkenny; mart manager George Candler gave us this report.

“With some farmers taking holidays, and more gone to the Galway Races, numbers of both livestock and buyers were back.”

“The trade was similar to last week, though some plainer types tended to be a little cheaper.

“Most farmers however are still happy with the price they are getting, as cattle in the ring are weighing well in this part of the country.

“Cull cows still remain a firm trade.”

Looking at cull cows in Kilkenny, Friesian cull cows on Thursday made from €1.40/kg to €2/kg.

Continental cull cows made from €1.60/kg to €2.25/kg.

Kilkenny

Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 AA steers 380kg 800

7 Ch steers 515kg 1570

6 Lm steers 360kg 1010

2 Fr steers 325kg 730

1 BB heifer 610kg 1390

4 Lm heifers 470kg 1170

2 AA heifers 340kg 760

Finally, Kanturk, where after Tuesday’s cattle sale, mart manager, Seamus O’Keeffe, gave us this report, “We had a big sale on Tuesday, with a record entry for this time of the year.

“Prices the same as last week with buyers from around the country present and a great trade at the ringside.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Hr steers 600kg 1195

1 Ch steer 427kg 1060

3 Fr steers 541kg 1040

1 Sim steer 520kg 1030

1 BB heifer 465kg 1010

1 Lm cow 675kg 1250

1 Fr cow 725kg 1210


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