Pre­mier­ship prices as top wean­ling sells for €6.79/kg on a good day at Kan­turk mart

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - De­nis Le­hane

Noth­ing for me high­lights the dan­gers of drink driv­ing more than the news that Wayne Rooney was forced to blow the bag over the week­end. Al­legedly with a few drinks on board, and worse again, al­legedly with a woman on board (who was not his wife), the poor Ever­ton striker could well now find him­self in the dog­house, after his night in the jail­house.

The man who makes more money from kick­ing a rub­ber ball up and down a field, than Michael O’Leary does from run­ning an air­line, has fallen foul of the bag. The bag — the No 1 in­hibitor of man’s de­sire to drive and do what­ever the h e l l h e wa n t s — h a s p u t man­ners on run­away Rooney. Caught be­hind the wheel of a Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle, he will now for­ever be known as Her­bie, I’m told. Well, let Her­bie’s les­son be a les­son to us all. Whether on the play­ing fields, or in the farm­ing fields, don’t drink and drive. Es­pe­cially when the woman be­side you is not your dar­ling wife. The bag can be a great lev­eller. And so with that sober­ing piece of ad­vice heeded, we head straight for the ac­tion at the mart and start­ing first in Ban­don where there were plenty of run­ner type calves on of­fer last Mon­day, and no short­age of money ei­ther. Strong Here­ford and An­gus bulls made up to €600 a head with Con­ti­nen­tal bulls mak­ing up to €730 a head.

Dry cows on Mon­day sold from €80 to €460 with the kilo. Aberdeen An­gus and Here­ford bul­locks made from €300 to €550 with the weight. Friesian bul­locks in Ban­don made from €200 to €420 with the kilo. Heifers in Ban­don sold from €250 to €550 with their weight. 240kg on Tues­day.

“The best price for a wean­ling of that weight that I’ve seen in my time at the mart,” said Kan­turk mart man­ager Sea­mus O’Ke­effe.

And look­ing be­yond the wean­ling heifer (which is hard to do), it was also a day when the mart held it’s wean­ling show and sale for spring born stock. Top hon­ours on Tues­day in Kan­turk went to a Bel­gian Blue bull owned by Ger­ard De­vitt, Knock­na­gree. This supreme cham­pion weighed 390kg and sold to Ed­mond O’Connor, Kilbrin for €1,360. Ger­ard De­vitt also claimed the re­serve cham­pi­onship, for a Bel­gian Blue heifer of 335kg , sell­ing for € 1,000 to Vi­as­tar Ltd, Kells, Co Meath. Bo­her­bue Co-Op spon­sored the very suc­cess­ful wean­ling show and sale at Kan­turk mart, which saw record prices paid.

In Mac­room mart on Satur­day, dry cows sold from €70 to € 585 over the kilo. Here­ford and Aberdeen bul­locks sold from € 270 to € 630 over their weight.

Heifers sold from € 240 to €470 over their weight. Con­ti­nen­tal bul­locks sold from €320 to €625 over the kilo. Wean­ling bulls made from €280 to €570 over the kilo, while wean­ling heifers sold from €235 to €620 over the kilo. hit €2.65 per kg. Dry cows sold for up to €1.84 per kg. Freshly calved dairy stock made up to € 1 , 6 1 0 e a ch . S u ck l e r s h i t €1,100 (paid for a six-year-old Aberdeen An­gus and her Aberdeen An­gus bull calf). Sim­i­lar to Ban­don, run­ner calves in Kil­mal­lock sold well, mak­ing up to €795 a head, this sum was paid for two Charo­lais bulls, 26 weeks old. On Mon­day, September 11, a wean­ling show and sale takes place at Kil­mal­lock mart, in­take at 8am, judg­ing at 9.30am. The sale star ts at 10.30am, with bulls lead­ing the charge. In Dungarvan mart on Mon­day Here­ford and An­gus bull and heifer calves sold up to €450 a head.

This Sim­men­tal bull wean­ling, born in January 2017, weighed 400kg, and sold for €880 at Kan­turk mart on Tues­day.

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