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