Change in the weather knocks as much as €50 a head off heavy store prices

In the marts this week, there has been a weakening in the store trade.

Looking at the mart reports overall, heavier stores are back as much as €50 a head from last week’s prices.

The change in weather has brought many high flyer buyers down to earth.

And while grass may still be plentiful on many farms, with last week’s cold downpours came the realisation that the good times won’t last forever.

The remaining grass might well stay uneaten for a while.

Its value has certainly diminished.

Two weeks ago, there was every possibility that store cattle purchased in the mart would see a bit of outdoor life before the winter.

But the winter has come in hard and fast, and so too have many cattle.

Last Monday, Kilmallock mart had yet another busy cattle sale, the mart had 1,624 stock on offer, with 300 buyers in action.

Auctioneers at the sale reported that the trade remained firm.

I was in Kilmallock on the previous Monday to witness one of the busiest mart sales of the year.

The mart had 1,800 cattle on offer on that day.

The queues for the mart in Kilmallock on Monday stretched well into the town.

Bullocks hit a high of €2.28/kg, with heifers reaching €2.24/kg. Dry cows sold for up to €1.59/kg.

In the suckling trade in Kilmallock, a 7 year old Hereford and her Hereford bull calf sold for €1,480.

A 7 year old Hereford and her Hereford heifer calf made €1,400. A 4 year old in calf Charolais sold for €1,400.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Hr steers 398kg 840

8 AA steers 391kg 785

1 Jersey steer 725kg 1170

2 Ch steers 515kg 1110

3 Lm heifers 348kg 720

2 Ch heifers 495kg 1040

1 Fr cow 415kg 660

After Tuesday’s weanling sale in Kilkenny

, mart manager George Candler reported, “We had a smaller sale of weanlings than last week, with a quieter trade for all types.

“Lighter bulls and heifers are selling well.”

On Thursday’s general cattle sale, George said, “There was a smaller number of cattle on offer on Thursday, with quality lots meeting a good steady trade. Beef bullocks and heifers were in short supply.”

In Kilkenny, Friesian cull cows made from €0.75/kg to €1.65/kg.

Continental cull cows sold from €1.30/kg to €2/kg.

Kilkenny

Thursday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Lm steers 590kg 1360

6 Sim steers 560kg 1340

2 AA steers 395kg 750

1 Ch steer 370kg 1000

1 Hr steer 315kg 725

2 Lim heifers 455kg 1000

3 Ch heifers 465kg 890

Bandon

mart on Monday had 120 dry cows on offer, with mart manager Tom McCarthy reporting “a very good dry cow trade.”

Dry cows made from €110 under to €605 with the kilo.

In Bandon, continental bullocks sold from €380 to €650 over the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €350 to €550 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €100 to €400 with the kilo.

Heifers in Bandon made from €250 over to €500 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

8 AA steers 609kg 1153

4 Hr steers 580kg 1080

2 BB steers 532kg 1000

7 Fr steers 580kg 940

4 Lm heifers 536kg 940

1 Sim cow 875kg 1480

1 Fr cow 825kg 1180

The word from Corrin

mart on Tuesday evening was of a good steady trade for bullocks with a good demand for quality lots.

Store bullocks in Corrin sold from €80 to €490 over the kilo, with forward store bullocks making up to €620 over the kilo.

Here, beef bullocks reached a high of €650 over the kilo.

A lively trade for heifers was reported from Corrin. Store heifers ranged in price from €160 to €430 over the kilo, with butcher types making from €250 up to €600 over the kilo.

Corrin saw a strong trade for dry cow cows, they sold from €600 up to €1,270 a head.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Bax steers 630kg 1285

4 Lim steers 490kg 1130

9 Sim steers 380kg 870

6 AA steers 690kg 1290

1 Ch heifer 570kg 1160

2 AA heifers 460kg 900

1 Fr cow 720kg 1100

We turn next to Dungarvan

mart, and manager Ger Flynn’s report.

“On Monday, we had a very good trade for all types of stores, with prices holding well for quality lots of heifers.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

8 Sim steers 574kg 1115

2 Lm steers 405kg 980

5 Fr steers 559kg 915

3 AA heifers 508kg 960

1 Fr heifer 600kg 1140

3 AA heifers 500kg 940

1 Fr cow 860kg 1290

I took a spin back to Skibbereen

mart on Friday, and here, again, there was a big sale underway.

Skibbereen had over 500 weanlings on offer on Friday.

Weanling bulls here made from €360 to €665 over the kilo; weanling heifers made from €250 to €500 over their weight.

Continental bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €350 to €650 over the kilo.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Lm steers 547kg 1130

1 Ch steer 395kg 990

4 Hr steers 523kg 1050

3 Fr steers 576kg 780

2 Lm heifers 395kg 870

1 Ch heifer 390kg 850

1 Lm cow 895kg 1420

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €320 to €500 with the kilo.

Friesian bullocks sold from €130 to €405 with the kilo.

There was a large variation in the prices paid for dry cows.

Cull cows made from €150 under to €670 over the kilo in Skibbereen.

Heifers in Skibbereen sold from €200 over to €560 with their weight.

While heading home from Skibbereen, I made a pit stop in Dunmanway to pick up a dozen bags of turf.

It was good black stuff, retailing at €5.50 a bag.

Having money to burn, I thought little of it.

You see, last week, I got word that the first morsel of my single farm payment was finally winging its way into my bank account.

My single farm payment might be small, (and won’t be getting any bigger, the experts tell me) but ‘every little helps’.

Its arrival was a little later than advertised because of a problem that arose.

But in fairness to the Department of Agriculture (I never thought I’d utter that phrase), once the problem was aired, it was sorted out in no time.

So today, I’d like to break with a long tradition of chastising the Minister and his Department and send a word of thanks in their direction.

I’d like to thank his Department staff who returned my calls and helped me out in every way they could.

So if I owe you money, don’t wait another moment, head for my door.

I could well return to Dunmanway tomorrow and once more fill my jeep to the brim with turf, and in doing so relive myself of my single payment cash in no time.

So don’t dally. If there is money coming to you, get your spoke in early.

With that warning, we return to the marts and to Macroom

on Saturday where a steady sale for cattle was reported.

Finally, Kanturk

mart, where Michael Scanlon reported on Tuesday’s sale.

“We had over 100 cattle at today’s sale. There was a great trade for all stock with lighter weanlings particularly strong.

“All heifers and bullocks were in great demand, with a complete clearance.

“Cull cows made up to €400 over the kilo.”

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

1 AA steer 490kg 975

5 Hr steers 445kg 900

1 Lm steer 480kg 995

6 Lm steers 438kg 1040

2 Ch heifers 465kg 955

1 Shx heifer 390kg 860

1 Ch cow 830kg 1480

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

3 AA steers 445kg 845

2 Hr steers 545kg 975

4 Ch steers 465kg 910

3 Fr steers 525kg 835

2 Lm heifers 345kg 790

5 Hr heifers 283kg 600

1 Fr cow 640kg 1000


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