Keeping calm in week of Paradise Papers and basic payments
Unfortunately, I didn’t find my name anywhere in the Paradise Papers. And boy did I search for it. I was hoping it would crop up somewhere on the list, so that I could claim a fortune and with that my troubles would be no more. Alas I guess it’s only a place for the likes of Bono and the Queen. People with too much money on their hands and not enough places to shove it all. The rest of us will just have to get on with living in the real world.
But speaking of the real world, all was not lost, for my Basic Farm Payment arrived earlier this week. And while perhaps not in the same league as the Paradise Papers, at least I had enough to go and pay my silage contractor, and God knows, I even have a few quid for the taxman. Yes, the poor taxman. The fellow the Paradise Papers completely ignored. Left out in the cold he was, depending on the likes of you and me to keep the show afloat. Isn’t it amazing that the people in life with plenty of money to give the taxman, don’t seem to give him any money at all? Anyway we will strike on with the marts, so we don’t lose the cool entirely. Bandon mart on Monday had 140 dry cows on offer with a good trade for parlour cows. Dry cows in Bandon sold from €100 under to €505 with the kilo. Friesian bullocks sold from €220 to €450 with the weight. Continental bullocks sold from €325 to €730 with the weight. Heifers in Bandon on Monday sold from €200 to €500 with their weight. Limousin and her Limousin heifer calf made €1,420. There was a good mart of cattle with a firm trade in Macroom on Saturday. Dry cows here sold from €145 to €575 over the kilo. Hereford and Aberdeen bullocks sold for up to €510 over their weight. Continental bullocks sold from €310 to €655 over the kilo. Heifers here sold from €250 to €635 over their weight. Weanling bulls made from €275 to €620 over the kilo, while weanling heifers sold from €250 to €520 over the kilo. And looking at the dry cow trade, in Corrin. dry cows sold for up to €1000 a head. Dry cows in Skibbereen mart on Friday sold from €150 under to €610 with the kilo. Continental bullocks here made from €400 to €750 with the weight. Hereford and Angus bullocks sold from €300 to €600 with their weight. Heifers sold from €250 to €540 with the weight. Weanling bulls made from €310 to €650 with their weight. Weanling heifers made from €275 to €545 with the weight.
This Charolais cross heifers, born in February 2016, weighed 490kg and sold for €920 at Bandon Mart on Monday.