Cattle marts report: Peace and Tranquility reign as fine weather keeps the trade buoyant in the marts

I went to Corrin Mart on Tuesday, not only to check out the livestock, but also to look at a bit of farmland that has suddenly come onto the market.

Located a short distance outside the town of Fermoy, the farm is of 100 acres or thereabouts, and I feel it would suit a man of my standing down to the ground.

I’ve passed it by on a few occasions, in my rickety old jeep, and have always been struck by the tasty way the place was maintained.

With plenty of road frontage and stock proof fencing like you wouldn’t believe, I could well see myself one day driving up the tarmacked drive.

The only problem with the farm is the asking price.

With reports suggesting that the Flatley farm and house might be going for a price in the region of €20 to €30 million, it might just be a leap too far for a man in the business of rearing a few calves.

My daring move to throw a bid on Castlehyde all depends really on the price I get for a few bullocks I’ll be selling at the mart over the coming weeks.

Times are good in the beef business, as you well know.

I’ll let you know how I get on in my efforts to become the next Lord of the Manor.

Back to reality, and speaking of buoyancy in the cattle trade, in Corrin on Tuesday, the good times continued. The fantastic weather that we are currently basking in is being echoed in the marts, where the trade continues to be all sunshine.

Corrin mart on Tuesday had 1.200 cattle on offer with store bullocks selling from €220 to €560 over the kilo, and forward bullocks making up to €690 with their weight.

Store heifers in Corrin made from €260 to €430 over, with butcher types making up to €700 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Corrin sold from €560 to €1,540 a head.

I didn’t bump into Michael Flatley in Corrin Mart on Tuesday.

But you will have the opportunity to see and hear musician Phil Coulter perform in Corrin this Saturday.

He’s appearing at the Corrin Event Centre for one night only, and Catherine Dorgan told me at the mart on Tuesday that the tickets were selling fast.

So if you’ve had your fill of fiery cattle auctioneers and would like to enjoy a bit of ‘Peace and Tranquility,’ for a change, Coulter could be your man.

Tickets for his October 17 concert are €30 each, and Catherine Dorgan can be contacted at 025-31611.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 BB steers 590kg 1305

5 Sim steers 488kg 1080

1 AA steer 650kg 1335

3 Lm heifers 400kg 1015

2 Ch heifers 595kg 1295

2 AA heifers 257kg 600

1 Hr cow 846kg 1540

Mart manager Tom McCarthy said there were some “excellent” cattle in Bandon on Monday.

And some excellent money was clearly also paid, as you can see from the following table.

Calves in Bandon on Monday were as lively as ever, with 190 on offer.

Dry cows in Bandon sold from €150 to €1,000 with their weight.

Heifers in Bandon made from €400 to €800 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €350 to €650 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €700 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €450 to €1,000 with the kilo.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 Lm bulls 831kg 1840

1 Ch steer 495kg 1230

5 AA steers 485kg 1020

8 Fr steers 543kg 1005

1 Lm heifer 550kg 1360

2 Ch heifers 595kg 1430

1 Ch cow 840kg 1840

A clearance of stock worth in excess of €1m was the story of the sale at Kilmallock mart last Monday.

Denis Kirby of Kilmallock mart reported, “Brisk bidding for every category from the calf to the heavy bullock.The very fine weather this autumn is a very big help to the trade.”

Bullocks made up to €2.67 per kg.

Heifers hit €2.38 per kg.

Dry cows went to a high of €1.92 per kg.

Weanling bulls (Kilmallock had over 200 on offer) sold for up to €3.47 per kg.

Some Friesian weanling bulls hit €2.20 per kg.

Weanling heifers sold for up to €2.85 per kg.

There were 50 dairy stock on offer, with up to €1,620 paid for calved stock.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 393kg 920

1 Hr steer 350kg 780

2 Fr steers 375kg 795

3 Ch steers 592kg 1345

2 Hr heifers 340kg 745

1 AA heifer 320kg 700

2 BB heifers 465kg 960

Looking at the suckling trade, a 6 year old Charolais and her Parthenaise bull calf made €1,780.

A 3 year old Hereford and her Charolais heifer calf sold for €1,620, while a 6 year old Simmental and her Parthenaise heifer calf sold for €1,550.

In bulls, a Hereford bull weighing 1100kg sold for €1,770.

A Charolais weighing 835kg made €1,400, while a Friesian weighing 755kg fetched €1,265.

“We had an excellent sale here again this week, with an increase in numbers on the previous week,” said Macroom mart manager John O’Mahony after Saturday’s cattle sale.

“There was a great trade for all types of stock across the board.”

In Macroom on Saturday, dry cows sold from €1/kg to €695 with their weight.

Heifers made from €250 to €740 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €200 to €585 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €230 to €775 with the kilo.

Weanling bulls in Macroom sold from €250 to €735 over the kilo.

Weanling heifers made from €250 to €610 over the kilo.

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 420kg 905

6 Hr steers 520kg 1040

1 BB steer 690kg 1420

2 Lm steers 550kg 1300

1 Lm heifer 585kg 1285

3 Ch heifer 410kg 990

1 Ch cow 765kg 1460

After Tuesday’s cattle sale at Kanturk Mart, mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe gave us this report.

“We had a good lively trade at the ringside today, with plenty on offer.

“Prices were maintained throughout the day, with the weather keeping spirits high.”

Next week at Kanturk mart, in conjunction with the regular cattle sale, there will be a special sale for Hereford cattle, with prizes on offer for quality assured Hereford steers and heifers.

And the following week sees a weanling show and sale at Kanturk, sponsored by Southern Milling, with prizes to the value of €2,500 on offer.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

10 Ch steers 615kg 1325

2 AA steers 495kg 1095

1 Hr steer 550kg 1085

1 Lm steer 560kg 1040

4 Hr heifers 533kg 1020

2 BB heifers 427kg 960

1 AA cow 725kg 1345

In Skibbereen mart on Friday, Tom McCarthy reported “a big sale of weanlings once again”.

Weanlings bulls in Skibbereen made from €400 to €650 over the kilo.

Weanling heifers sold from €350 to €650 with the kilo.

Dry cows in Skibbereen sold from €125 to €700 with their weight. Heifers in Skibbereen made from €400 to €700 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €300 to €500 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €650 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks made from €470 to €700 with the kilo.

In Skibbereen, suckler cows with calves at foot sold from €1,120 to €1,450.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 592kg 1280

6 Ch steers 545kg 1110

3 Fr steers 486kg 970

6 Hr steers 385kg 925

1 Ch heifer 545kg 1200

1 Ch cow 725kg 1430

1 Fr cow 865kg 1300

Dungarvan Mart manager Ger Flynn gave us the following account of their sale.

“We had a big sale, with prices holding well for all types of quality stores, both heifers and bullocks.

“We had a very good suckler cow sale, with cows selling for up to €1,860 each.

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 Ch steer 725kg 1550

1 Lm steer 680kg 1490

5 Ch heifers 595kg 1410

2 Lm heifers 485kg 1040

2 Ba heifers 516kg 1025

1 Hr cow 715kg 1200

1 Fr cow 635kg 1030

Finally for this week, we go to Kilkenny mart and Tuesday’s weanling sale, with 220 weanlings on offer.

Mart manager George Candler said, “All animals met with an excellent selling trade.

“Bulls peaked at €3.25 per kilo.”


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