Cattle marts report: National Ploughing Championships next stop for Kanturk weanling champ

On Tuesday last if you happened to be at Kanturk mart, you would have found a mart yard packed with jeeps, trailers and trucks, and mart pens full of quality weanling stock.

Kanturk mart held its first show and sale for autumn-born weanlings.

The supreme champion weanling was a Belgian Blue bull belonging to Michael Fleming of Cullen, Mallow, Co Cork.

This weanling weighed 540kg, and was sold to Joe O’Flynn of Banteer, Co Cork, for €1,500.

Joe purchased the animal on behalf of the National Cattle Breeding Centre.

With the bidding complete, I asked Joe for his view on his purchase. 

“This Belgian Blue is really a good all-round package,” Joe explained, “He’s the real deal. He has good feet and legs, excellent hind quarters, he has a fabulous top line and is also very good in the front.”

This champion at Kanturk will be on show at September’s National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore at the Munster AI and Progressive Genetics stand.

The reserve champion on Tuesday was a Belgian Blue heifer belonging to Eamonn O’Mahony from Kiskeam, Mallow, Co Cork.

Weighing 400kg, she was purchased by James Ryan of Kilfeacle, Co Tipperary, for €1,420.

“Our first autumn born weanling show and sale here at Kanturk mart was kindly sponsored by Boherbue Co-Op Creameries and took place under the watchful eye of judges Matt Bluitt and Peter O’Connell,” said Kanturk mart manager Seamus O’Keefe.

“And with 235 weanlings entered into the show, there certainly was a lot of top class stock to choose from.

“Our next weanling show and sale is also an autumn born weanling show and sale, and will take place on August 23, kindly sponsored by Southern Milling, Cork.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

1 Fr steer 670kg 1230

1 AA steer 615kg 1075

2 Ch heifers 345kg 700

2 Hr heifers 395kg 780

4 AA heifers 500kg 970

1 Lm cow 800kg 1300

1 Ch cow 775kg 1050

On Monday last in the post, along with a cheque for a few cattle I sold in Bandon on the previous week, I also received a letter from Toyota Ireland announcing the arrival of their all new Hilux.

And a right colourful brochure it was too, exposing all that was great and good about the machine.

It was as if Toyota Ireland had known I was after selling a few cattle in Bandon, and would now have pockets fit to burst with cash.

Well, of course, the first thing I did was to phone Toyota Ireland and order a new Hilux.

“Make sure it’s blue in colour, the same as the old wreck I currently drive,” I insisted, for I didn’t want anything too dramatic.

“And make sure I have it in less than a week,” I said, “for the year is slipping by.”

And if you believe that, you’re not like me and most lads in beef farming.

I’m barely making enough to keep my old craft afloat, without sinking money into a new vessel.

The few bob I had made from the cattle sale was spent before the cheque ever arrived. Toyota Ireland didn’t have a prayer.

But that said, I was touched that they thought of me in such a favourable light, to go to the bother of sending me a brochure in the first place.

It was nice also to look at the picture of the jeep I might be purchasing second hand in about 20 years time.

Indeed I was humbled by such a letter, it brought a tear to my eye.

On that moving note, we will turn next to Dungarvan mart, where mart manager Ger Flynn was in a positive frame of mind after Monday’s cattle sale.

“We had a good steady trade all round here on Monday, with an excellent trade for quality light continental bullocks,” Ger reported.

In Dungarvan, suckler cows with calves at foot sold from €1,190 to €1,520.

Dungarvan

Monday

2 Ch steers 472kg 1110

2 Lm steers 352kg 890

1 Ch steer 465kg 1010

2 Lm heifers 550kg 1180

1 AA heifer 575kg 1120

1 Fr cow 665kg 920

1 Sim cow 705kg 950

And in Kilmallock on Monday, improved prices were also reported.

“The trade here in all rings in Kilmallock was very much improved on Monday,” said Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart. 

“Bullocks were dearer by €30 to €100 a head. Dry cows were improved by €33 to €50 a head. Heifers saw a gain of €20 to €30 each, with calves up €21 each on average.

“We had 136 buyers who purchased the 700 plus stock that were on offer.”

Next Monday, the August 1 bank holiday, the weanling sale will commence at 10.15am in Kilmallock.

There will also be a clearance sale of 40 continental suckler cows with strong calves at foot.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Hr steers 368kg 900

1 Lm steer 475kg 1120

2 Hr steers 620kg 1040

1 Lm heifer 495kg 1080

1 AA heifer 485kg 960

1 AA cow 620kg 1100

1 Jersey cow 635kg 920

In Bandon mart on Monday‘, the top animal sold was a Limousin bullock, tipping the scales at 965kg and selling for €1,940.

Continental bullocks here sold from €450 with the kilo to €985 with the kilo (paid for the top-priced Limousin).

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Sim steers 397kg 930

3 Ch steers 400kg 895

4 AA steers 400kg 830

4 Hr heifers 480kg 900

1 Sim heifer 550kg 1130

1 Hr cow 910kg 1450

1 Sim cow 855kg 1270

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €350 to €650 with the kilo.

Heifers in Bandon on Monday made from €340 to €580 with the kilo; dry cows made from €100 under to €540 with the kilo.

In Macroom on Saturday, dry cows sold from €50 under to €510 over the kilo.

Continental bullocks sold from €305 to €805 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €245 to €500 over their weight.

Heifers in Macroom on Saturday sold from €260 to €680 over the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 450kg 950

3 Hr steers 400kg 890

1 Lm steer 705kg 1510

1 Lm heifer 610kg 1290

2 Ch heifers 385kg 860

1 Lm cow 605kg 960

1 Ch cow 780kg 1290

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 450 cattle and calves on offer, with mart manager Sean Leahy reporting “an excellent trade for bullocks, much improved from last week.”

In Corrin, store bullocks sold from €230 to €510 over the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €630 over the kilo.

Sean also reported “a good steady trade” for heifers and dry cows on Tuesday.

Store heifers in Corrin made from €240 to €485 over the kilo, with butcher types making up to €690 over the kilo. Dry cows in Corrin made from €550 up to €1020 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Hr steers 696kg 1290

5 AA steers 500kg 1040

2 Lm steers 475kg 1075

1 Sim heifer 525kg 1215

3 Hr heifers 270kg 650

1 Fr cow 785kg 1020

1 Hr cow 790kg 980

Finally for this week, we go to Skibbereen, where on Friday last, dry cows sold from €100 under to €475 with the kilo. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €400 to €700 with their weight.

Continental bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €450 to €700 with the kilo.

Hereford and Angus bullocks made from €390 to €650 with their weight; weanling bulls sold from €425 to €680 in Skibbereen on Friday.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Ch steers 538kg 1245

1 Lm steer 550kg 1170

1 AA steer 710kg 1340

2 Hr steers 395kg 800

3 Ch heifers 421kg 1060

2 Ba heifers 377kg 985

1 Lm cow 855kg 1330


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