Irish beef trumps all, as Kan­turk mart show­cases supreme wean­ling stock

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - De­nis Le­hane

Be­fore Don­ald Trump ever be­came Pres­i­dent of Amer­ica, he used to sell good old Amer­i­can steak. ‘Trump Steak’ nat­u­rally enough. “The best steak in the world!” Trump used to brag.

Fake news yet again, be­cause we all know that the Irish farmer pro­duces the best steak on the planet. The well­bred, grass-reared beef cat­tle that come from Irish farms trump all com­pe­ti­tion. In Kan­turk, on Tues­day of this week, at one of the first wean­ling shows of the year, even Trump him­self would have had to doff his hat out of re­spect to the qual­ity wean­lings on show.

Stock judge Shane Healy had a hard job, be­ing spoiled for choice, to choose a win­ner. On Tues­day, Shane’s supreme cham­pion wean­ling award went to a Bel­gian Blue owned by Michael Flem­ing, Cullen. This bull weighed 500kg and sold for €1,450 (€2.90 per kg) to James Ryan, Tip­per­ary. The re­serve cham­pi­onship went to a Bel­gian Blue heifer owned by Mary Cronin, Cullen. This heifer weighed 420kg and sold for €1,360 (€3.24 per kg). The pur­chaser in this case was also James Ryan, Tip­per­ary.

Mart man­ager Sea­mus O’Ke­effe, was de­lighted with the turnout both of cus­tomers and stock. Kan­turk mart had 225 wean­lings on of­fer, with some of the best wean­lings clearing the magic €3/kg. “Af­ter a lot of un­cer­tainty in farm­ing over the past two months, it was re­as­sur­ing to see a good wean­ling sale here to­day,” Sea­mus said. Tues­day’s wean­ling show and sale at Kan­turk mart was spon­sored by Bo­her­bue Co-Op Cream­eries. Next we go to man­ager Ge­orge Can­dler of Kilkenny mart for this sum­ming of last Thurs­day’s sale. “A few more cat­tle ap­pear­ing, with a sharper trade for qual­ity lots. Most ad­di­tional cus­tomers are look­ing at short-keep an­i­mals. Some plainer Here­ford, Aberdeen An­gus and Friesian steers are sell­ing for as low as €1.30 per kilo.”

In Kilkenny on Thurs­day, as Ge­orge men­tioned, bul­locks sold from a low of €1.30kg up to €2.71/kg. Heifers in Kilkenny Mart sold from €1.70 to €2.55/kg. And look­ing at cull cows, con­ti­nen­tal cull cows sold from €1.30 to €1.92 per kilo with Friesian cull cows sell­ing from €0.60 to €1.50 with the kilo. Kilkenny Mart had 560 cat­tle on of­fer on Thurs­day. In Mac­room on Satur­day dry cows sold from €140 un­der to €510 over the kilo. Aberdeen An­gus and Here­ford bul­locks sold from €230 to €470 with the kilo. Con­ti­nen­tal bul­locks sold from €300 to €560 with the kilo.

Heifers made from €230 to €505 with their weight. There was a larger sale of cat­tle in Kil­mal­lock Mart on Mon­day.

The mart had 900 on of­fer, al­most dou­ble the num­ber of the pre­vi­ous week. In­ter­est from buy­ers has in­creased,

De­nis Kirby of GVM re­port­ing, “a larger num­ber of cus­tomers ring­side with the trade im­proved as a re­sult.” Bul­locks here sold for up to €1.90 per kg. Wean­ling bulls hit a high of €1,190 a head, or €2.29 per kg. Dry cows (81 on of­fer) hit €1,400 a head or €1.88 per kg. The dry cow trade was “much im­proved on last week”, De­nis re­ported. Heifers in Kil­mal­lock sold for up to €2.53 per kg. Suck­lers made up to €1,370 (paid for a four year old cow in-calf to Sim­men­tal).

Up to €520 was paid in the calf ring for a five-week-old Bel­gian Blue bull.

On this com­ing Mon­day, Au­gust 13, Kil­mal­lock mart will hold a wean­ling show and sale be­gin­ning at 10.30am. Judg­ing starts at 9am. The sale will com­mence with bulls. In Sk­ib­bereen on Fri­day dry cows sold from €50 un­der to €375 with the kilo. Bul­locks made from €175 to €600 with the kilo. Heifers made from €210 to €660 with their weight. Wean­ling bulls in Sk­ib­bereen mart sold from €260 to €477 with their weight.

Num­bers were also on the up at En­nis mart. Thurs­day’s cat­tle sale saw a greater mix of cull cows, with just 30% of cull cows from dairy type stock. Beef cull cows met a good trade mak­ing up to €1.90/kg. Friesian type cull cows made from €0.85/kg to €1.20/kg. A big en­try of aged bulls made up to €2.15/kg. A top price of €1,570 was paid for a Limousin bull weigh­ing 730kg. Over­all, bullock and heifer trade was up, with a bit more ap­petite all round.

In Gal­way’s Head­ford Mart on Satur­day, bul­locks ranged in price from €1.46/kg to €2.60/kg. A top price of €1,620 (€2.23/kg) was paid for a 725kg Charo­lais steer. Heifers made €1.81/kg to €3.05/kg. The top priced heifer was a Charo­lais, 295kg, mak­ing €900 (€3.05/kg). Wean­ling bulls made €2.29/kg to €3.00/kg. Cull cows made €540 to €1,160 a head.

This Limousin bull was born in Novem­ber 2017, weighed 530kg and sold for €1,220 at Kan­turk mart on Tues­day.

These three Limousin bulls were born in Jan­uary 2018, weighed 365kg and sold for €900 at Kan­turk mart on Tues­day.

These two Limousin bulls were born in De­cem­ber 2017, weighed 420kg and sold for €1,240 at Kan­turk mart on Tues­day.

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