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