Steady sales at marts despite farmers being busy making silage while the sun shines

I have to admit that I’m finding it increasingly difficult to be in any way negative about the mart trade these days.

With prices holding firm and the weather now beginning to look a lot like summer, I’m struggling to hit a sour note.

I’m like a ‘Yes’ campaigner looking for my Roscommon.

I went to Kanturk mart on Tuesday. The town was sweltering in the heat and the trade in the mart wasn’t far behind.

Mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe was happy to report that all was well.

“We have a big sale here today,” says

Kanturk mart had 800 cattle and calves on Tuesday.

“It’s a big sale for the time of the year, particularly when you consider that a lot of farmers are busy making silage. Prices are being maintained,” Seamus said, “with heifers today, I noticed, making top money.”

And during the day I also had the pleasure of bumping into my uncle Charlie.

He was in Kanturk mart purchasing calves and, as it happens, selling Aberdeen Angus store heifers.

So I had to find out how he got on.

One of his Angus heifers weighed 390kg and she made €865, while another weighed 350kg and sold for €760.

Charlie was pleased with the price, his only complaint being that he was a bit sorry that he didn’t bring more heifers to the mart in Kanturk on Tuesday.

Kanturk

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

5 AA steers 550kg 1115

2 Ch steers 525kg 1110

4 Hr steers 545kg 1095

3 Fr steers 580kg 1080

1 Hr heifer 352kg 820

1 Fr cow 715kg 1170

1 Ch cow 635kg 1110

Tom McCarthy, mart manager in Bandon, told me “the trade for dry cows is holding very well”.

Dry cows in Bandon sold from €110 to €850 with the kilo on Monday.

Continental bullocks in Bandon sold from €450 to €900 with the kilo.

Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €400 to €720 with the kilo.

There was a good lively trade for Friesian bullocks in Bandon, they sold from €300 to €600 with the kilo.

And heifers on Monday’s mart sold from €300 to €715 with their weight.

Bandon

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

2 Ch steers 567kg 1360

8 Hr steers 378kg 880

2 BB steers 575kg 1560

4 Fr steers 387kg 790

1 Lm heifer 595kg 1310

1 BB cow 640kg 1490

1 Fr cow 765kg 1510

Corrin mart manager Sean Leahy reported a brisk cattle trade on Tuesday. “We had an excellent trade for bullocks today, with a great demand for all types,” Sean said. “Also the very lively trade for dry cows is continuing, dry cows here today sold from €660 to €1,310 a head.”

In Corrin on Tuesday store bullocks made from €250 to €500 over the kilo, with beef bullocks going to an impressive high of €925 with their weight.

Store heifers here made from €350 to €520 with their weight, with butcher types making up to €840 over the kilo.

Corrin

Tuesday

No Breed Sex Weight €

6 Ch steer 460kg 1130

3 AA steers 759kg 1575

5 Hr steers 339kg 825

4 Fr steers 558kg 1150

2 AA heifers 490kg 1080

1 Fr cow 686kg 1310

1 Fr cow 670kg 1280

Now that the Minister for Agriculture has finished with the business of getting as many as possible to vote ‘Yes’ in the Equality Referendum, I’m wondering when will his Department give us farmers who have applied for the new GLAS scheme a resounding ‘Yes’.

I have applied myself, the closing date was last Tuesday, May 26. So I am now blindly marching into a new Agi-environmental scheme with its new fangled specifications and tranches. Blindly marching like many more, without knowing if our applications will fail or succeed.

Thankfully our farm advisers seem to have some vision as to the GLAS road ahead. Only for them we would be lost completely. “In the valley of the blind,” as the late Bill O’Herlihy used to say, “the one eyed man is king.”

So let’s hope in the months ahead, as the decision is made on our membership of the GLAS scheme, that Minister Coveney continues to be a ‘yes’ man.

And sticking with the positive mood we move next to Dungarvan mart where after Monday’s cattle sale mart manager Ger Flynn gave us this report. “Cattle numbers have eased off, but prices remain strong for all types of quality stores.”

Dungarvan

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

8 Hr steers 612kg 1300

2 Lm steers 535kg 1270

3 AA steers 591kg 1235

5 Fr steers 596kg 1160

2 Ch heifers 352kg 965

3 Lm heifers 348kg 885

1 Fr cow 750kg 1315

Kilmallock cattle mart had 1138 stock on offer on Monday last, this number included 550 calves. Denis Kirby reported, “the prices are continuing on an upward curve in all rings. We had a special entry of some pedigree Hereford heifers on Monday and they made up to €1,140 a head. The trade for dairy stock is also very strong with cows making up to €1,600, with €1,300 a head upwards being very common.”

And looking at the suckler trade in Kilmallock, a two-year-old Simmental and her Limousin bull calf sold for €1,440, while a two-year-old Hereford and her Aberdeen Angus bull calf made €1,200.

Bullocks in Kilmallock made up to €2.80 per kg. Dry cows hit a high of €2.06 per kg. On next Monday, June 1, a special suckler cow sale will be held in Kilmallock.

Kilmallock

Monday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Lm steers 398kg 1040

1 Hr steer 385kg 880

2 BB steers 518kg 1435

1 Sim steer 505kg 1115

4 Fr steers 493kg 1040

1 Lm heifer 430kg 1060

3 Ch heifers 422kg 1115

John O’Mahony, manager of Macroom mart, gave us this report on Saturday’s cattle sale. “We had a nice turn out of suckler cows on Saturday, with in-calf sucklers selling from €1,000 to €1,460 a head, while suckler cows with calves at foot sold from €1,120 to €1,780 a head.”

Macroom

Saturday

No Breed Sex Weight €

7 Hr steers 590kg 1320

2 Lm steers 680kg 1550

1 Ch steer 395kg 1040

2 Lm heifers 475kg 1145

3 Ch heifers 355kg 950

1 Fr cow 805kg 1430

1 Ch cow 695kg 1350

And finally we go to Skibbereen, where I was told there was a good sized sale of cattle last Friday.

Here, dry cows sold from €170 to €650 with the kilo.

Continental bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €480 to €840 with the kilo. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford bullocks ranged in price from €375 to €675 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks in Skibbereen sold from €215 to €395 with the kilo. Heifers on Friday sold from €325 to €755 with their weight.

Suckler stock in Skibbereen sold from €900 to €1,310 a head.

Skibbereen

Friday

No Breed Sex Weight €

4 Fr steers 348kg 675

3 Lm steers 521kg 1310

1 Sim steer 360kg 880

5 Hr steers 395kg 900

4 Ch heifers 342kg 1010

1 Ch cow 720kg 1370

1 Hr cow 705kg 1280


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