Cattle marts report: Olympics puts mart traders in mood for speed, with plenty of prizes up for grabs

In Bandon mart on Monday, a bit like sprinter Usian Bolt in Rio, I didn’t feel the need to hang around for too long.

I saw enough in the limited time I was there to know the score. The tempo was up and the trade, similar to Bolt, had good strong legs under it.

The cattle on show in Bandon mart on Monday are now showing all the signs of a good summer.

The mart had an impressive supply of good fleshy stores on offer, cattle to make buyers salivate, cattle you’d be proud to bring home.

But of course while bringing them home is one thing, paying for them can be quite another.

In Bandon mart the prices garnered were — in many cases — a bit like the female weightlifters of Rio, a sight to behold.

A good example of this were two nice Limousin store bullocks weighing 442kg and selling for €1,040.

Or how about five Friesian store bullocks, handy fellows, born in February 2015, weighing 459kg selling for €825.

That was good money in my book.

A nice pen of Aberdeen Angus steers also had heads turning, weighing 440kg, they sold for €925.

Bandon mart had 150 calves on offer on Monday with strong continental bulls commanding €635 a head.

Continental bullocks on Monday sold from €450 to €700 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks sold from €350 to €650 with their weight. Friesians sold from €200 to €500 with the kilo.

Heifers in Bandon mart on Monday made from €300 to €650 with the kilo.

While dry cows made from €100 under to €710 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 535kg 1220

1 Ch heifer 545kg 1160

1 Ch heifer 470kg 1050

1 BB heifer 390kg 835

1 AA heifer 385kg 760

1 Ch cow 710kg 1420

1 Sim cow 755kg 1270

“Cattle numbers are increasing with every passing week,” local mart manager Ger Flynn mentioned to me after Monday’s strong cattle sale in Dungarvan. “We are also seeing an excellent trade here particularly for quality store bullocks, there is also a very good demand for heifers at the moment.”

Dungarvan

Monday

1 BB steer 765kg 1500

7 Ch steers 486kg 1035

4 Ch heifers 595kg 1240

3 Ch heifers 430kg 915

4 Lm heifers 442kg 930

1 Hr cow 695kg 1070

1 Fr cow 750kg 1030

And while Skibbereen rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan flexed their muscles in faraway Rio on Friday last (much to the delight of the entire nation), in Skibbereen mart on the same day there was plenty of livestock muscle on view. Whether on the water or on the land, it seems Skibbereen is the place to go for quality.

In Skibbereen mart, dry cows sold from €20 to €625 with the kilo. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €270 to €750 with their weight. Continental bullocks sold from €420 to €670 with the kilo.

Hereford and Angus bullocks made from €300 to €650 with their weight. Weanling bulls sold from €450 to €600 with their weight in Skibbereen on Friday.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Lm steer 440kg 1060

1 Ch steer 395kg 1020

4 Hr steers 758kg 1380

1 Lm heifer 420kg 990

1 Ch heifer 595kg 1340

1 Lm cow 835kg 1460

1 Ch cow 785kg 1410

“Demand was very strong in all rings here at Kilmallock mart on Monday,” Denis Kirby reported, “with prices very much reflecting this.”

In all, 174 buyers were in attendance in Kilmallock on Monday with bullocks selling for up to €2.53 per kg.

Dry cows here hit €1.91 per kg. Heifers went to a high of €2.36 per kg. Weanlings bulls sold for up to €2.61 per kg, while weanling heifers hit a high of €2.75 per kg.

Dairy stock sold for up to €1,000 (paid for a four-year-old calved cow). Suckler stock made €1,740 (paid for a nine-year-old Limousin and her Limousin bull calf).

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Hr steers 399kg 885

3 AA steers 387kg 820

2 Lm steers 355kg 810

2 Ch steers 470kg 1085

3 Hr heifers 323kg 695

4 AA heifers 256kg 525

1 Fr cow 460kg 580

And next we move across to Macroom and to Saturday’s cattle sale.

Macroom mart manager John O’Mahony gave us all the details. “We had a good size sale of cattle here on Saturday with a good trade for all types of stock across the board.

“I would also like to mention that we have our first annual show and sale for weanlings this coming Saturday the 20th of August.”

In Macroom on Saturday dry cows sold from €50 over to €550 over the kilo.

Hereford and Aberdeen bullocks sold from €245 to €565 over their weight.

Heifers in Macroom on Saturday sold from €260 to €730 over the kilo.

Weanling bulls in Macroom on Saturday sold from €310 to €575 with their weight. Weanling heifers made from €280 to €505 with the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Hr steers 415kg 875

2 AA steers 350kg 750

1 Lm steer 600kg 1390

6 Ch steers 405kg 1070

1 Ch heifer 665kg 1300

1 Lm heifer 515kg 1145

1 Lm cow 660kg 1210

“It was a beautiful day here in Kanturk on Tuesday, with a flying trade for all cattle,” Kanturk mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe reported after the sale.

“Our next Weanling Show and Sale is an Autumn Born Weanling Show and Sale and will take place on August 23rd, kindly sponsored by Southern Milling, Cork.

“Also on the same day in ring 1 we will have a store heifer promotion sponsored by Southern Milling Cork. The winner will receive a half tonne of ration for the best price per KG achieved in the sale ring for a minimum of 3 heifers. International Miss Macra 2016 Ms Sinéad Guiney will be in attendance.”

Kanturk

Tuesday

3 Sim steers 515kg 1040

4 AA steers 480kg 990

2 Hr steers 510kg 990

2 Sim heifers 340kg 820

3 AA heifers 490kg 915

2 Hr heifers 550kg 1050

1 Fr cow 700kg 1040

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 750 cattle on offer. With Corrin mart manager, Sean Leahy, describing the trade as “steadier for bullocks and heifers” with a “good trade for dry cows.”

In Corrin on Tuesday store bullocks sold from €150 to €420 over the kilo, with beef bullocks making up to €670 over the kilo.

Store heifers in Corrin made from €250 to €490 over the kilo with butcher types making up to €680 over the kilo. Dry cows in Corrin made from €350 up to €1290 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 615kg 1285

5 AA steers 267kg 630

6 Hr steers 479kg 975

1 Sim heifer 525kg 1215

2 Lm heifers 497kg 990

5 AA heifers 370kg 720

1 Fr cow 725kg 1290


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