Keep­ing calm in week of Par­adise Pa­pers and ba­sic pay­ments

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - De­nis Le­hane

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.

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