Cattle marts report: New Minister is top topic of conversation as farmers shoot the breeze at busy marts

It was all about Michael Creed in Macroom mart on Saturday last, with talk as to what kind of Minister for Agriculture he might make.

In my Saturday evening vox pop conducted with some farmers not a million miles away from Creed’s hometown, opinions varied very much.

“I think he will be a good minister, he will be better than the last fellow anyway because he comes from an area of the country where farming is more mixed, it’s more varied. 

"His constituents are made up of suckler, sheep and dairy farmers,” said one of the more positive respondents.

Another said, “At least Macroom will finally get the bypass.”

And whatever about him being able to deliver a long overdue bypass, we all of course wish Michael Creed well in his new role and hope he will become a driving force in Irish farming.

Us farmers are always ready to move, all we ever really need is a clear view of the road ahead.

Staying in Macroom, after Saturday’s cattle sale, here’s what mart manager John O’Mahony had to say, “We had a good sale of cattle here today which was met with plenty of interest at ringside.”

Dry cows in Macroom on Saturday sold from €85 under to €545 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bullocks sold from €235 to €680 over the kilo, with continental bullocks selling from €250 to €755 over their weight.

Heifers in Macroom mart on Saturday sold from €245 to €740 over the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Hr steer 570kg 1210

5 AA steers 645kg 1320

1 BB steer 545kg 1300

1 Lm steer 370kg 1050

1 Lm heifer 545kg 1200

1 Ch cow 765kg 1310

1 Fr cow 575kg 1040

To put on my coat, or not to put on my coat? That was the question I had to ask myself last Tuesday morning before heading out the door for Kanturk mart.

For the first time this year, and it’s now May, I might add, I had to decide if I really needed the thing.

Well, in the end, Tuesday turned out to be a great day.

A mighty day. A day of growth like no other so far this year. Everything I looked at on Tuesday was growing at an all-merciful rate.

Trees started coming to life, grass finally got going with gusto, even cattle waiting to be sold at the mart were growing on the spot.

I’m telling you Tuesday was no day for the coat.

And so at Kanturk mart it came as no surprise that the cattle on offer traded well, as Mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe now reports.

“We had 1,200 animals, which included 500 calves, at today’s sale.

“Farmers were in great form with the weather improving and grass growing. Prices were up on last week with farmers wanting to buy stores for grass.” Friesian bullocks in Kanturk made up to €2/Kg, with Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks making from €400 to €500 with their weight.

Heifers in Kanturk made from €300 to €450 with their weight, with Hereford and Aberdeen Angus calves making up to €400. Kanturk mart will hold an all-breed bull sale on May 28th beginning at 1pm.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Fr steer 590kg 1140

3 Hr steers 510kg 1000

2 Ch steers 380kg 890

4 Sim steers 450kg 875

2 Hr heifers 490kg 1005

1 Fr cow 770kg 1210

1 Ch cow 775kg 1190

In Dungarvan on Monday last, suckler cows, some with calves at foot, made from €1,200 to €1,370.



No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lim steers 696kg 1450

2 Ch steers 567kg 1370

4 Ch heifers 501kg 1175

3 Ch heifers 510kg 1125

1 Lim heifer 535kg 1140

1 Ch cow 870kg 1500

1 Fr cow 740kg 1150

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 1200 cattle and calves on offer with mart manager, Sean Leahy, reporting “an excellent trade again this week for bullocks, with a super demand for all types.”

In Corrin, store bullocks sold from €180 to €600 over the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €700 over the kilo. Sean also reported “a good steady trade” for heifers with a “very strong trade for dry cows” on Tuesday. Store heifers in Corrin made from €180 to €500 over the kilo with butcher types making up to €800 over the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

2 AA steers 650kg 1305

2 Sim steers 470kg 1200

5 Hr steers 290kg 710

2 Ch heifers 517kg 1320

1 Lim heifer 465kg 1110

5 AA heifers 510kg 1110

1 AA cow 775kg 1440

“We had a good sale of cattle and calves here today with a fine trade for all types,” was the report we received from Tom McCarthy, manager of Bandon mart after last Monday’s cattle sale

Dry cows in Bandon made from €110 under to €610 with the kilo. Continental bullocks on Monday sold from €250 to €760 with their weight. Friesian bullocks sold from €190 to €500 with their weight. While Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €220 to €700 with the kilo.

Heifers in Bandon made from €225 to €595 with the kilo.



No Breed Sex Weight €

5 Lm steers 410kg 1100

5 Ch steers 620kg 1380

5 Hr steers 460kg 950

7 Fr steers 570kg 1070

3 AA heifers 490kg 1050

1 Sim heifer 585kg 1180

1 Fr cow 715kg 1255

And in a busy Skibbereen mart on Friday dry cows sold from €50 under to €500 with the kilo.

Heifers made from €300 to €650 with the kilo. While suckler stock made from €1,000 to €1,680.



No Breed Sex Weight €

1 BB heifer 575kg 1220

1 Ch heifer 500kg 1090

2 Lm heifers 342kg 960

2 Ch heifers 377kg 750

1 Lm cow 450kg 950

1 Fr cow 675kg 1000

1 Ch cow 675kg 1030

“The combination of fewer stock on offer along with the good grass growing weather helped to see an improvement in prices here on Monday last,” Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart reported.

The mart had 1,620 stock on offer, with 327 buyers doing business.

Bullocks were in demand, including Friesians, with up to €2.68 per kg being paid for stock. Weanlings made up to €3.23 per kg.

Kilmallock mart had over 200 dry cows on offer with prices remaining very strong, with cows making up to up €1.98 per kg. Heifers made up to €2.57 per kg.

Dairy farmers were out in force looking for quality dairy stock, with up to €1,420 being paid for calved cows. On this Saturday May 14, beginning at 1pm, there is a sale of 57 Angus bulls. This is the final Society Bull Sale of the Spring at Kilmallock Mart.

On Monday next, May 16, at Kilmallock mart there will be a clearance sale of some 57 top class young dairy cows and a Hereford stock bull. This sale begins at 11.30am.



No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Hr steers 375kg 900

3 AA steers 318kg 800

1 Lm steer 200kg 525

6 Fr steers 525kg 1065

2 Ch heifers 425kg 945

1 BB heifer 400kg 880

1 Fr cow 465kg 770


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