‘Don’t let our beef sec­tor go the way of the beet in­dus­try,’ mart man­ager warns

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - De­nis Le­hane

I didn’t need that re­port by Teagasc economists on Tues­day to tell me that my in­come is down for 2018. In other words, that I lost more money in 2018 than I did in 2017.

A bit like a pilot telling you the plane is go­ing down af­ter you’ve hit the side of the moun­tain, the dis­as­ter has hap­pened al­ready. What we need now from Teagasc is a res­cue plan, not an ex­am­i­na­tion of the tra­jec­tory. Teagasc will need to tell us how to get out of this mess. What is their sur­vival plan for us? Have they any plan at all? Last week at Kan­turk mart’s Fat Stock Show and Sale, mart man­ager Sea­mus O’ke­effe spoke about the need for all the rel­e­vant par­ties within the beef in­dus­try; the farmer, the meat pro­ces­sor, farm lead­ers, farm ad­vis­ers, politi­cians, to come to­gether to solve the cri­sis that has now be­fallen our busi­ness.

Let’s learn from mis­takes with our beet in­dus­try

“Don’t let our beef in­dus­try go the same way as our beet in­dus­try,” he warned the gath­er­ing. Let’s hope, for all our sakes, they lis­ten. And with that we be­gin our re­port start­ing with Kan­turk, since I’ve al­ready men­tioned the spot. And where last week a Fat Stock Show and Sale took place, this week the mart held a Spring Born Wean­ling Show and Sale.

The Supreme Cham­pion was a Charo­lais bull weigh­ing 475kg and sell­ing for €1,500 to De­nis O’con­nor, Castlecor. The Re­serve Cham­pion, a Li­mousin bull weigh­ing 445kg, was sold to Sea­mus Bris­lane, Tip­per­ary for €1,000.

And look­ing at the gen­eral cat­tle sale, the mart had 555 cat­tle on of­fer, with Sea­mus O’ke­effe re­port­ing a trade very sim­i­lar to last week.

Kan­turk Ban­don

Cat­tle trade fig­ures from Dun­gar­van mart on Mon­day show a sim­i­lar pic­ture to the pre­vi­ous week, with cat­tle prices re­main­ing un­changed.


Bul­locks in Kil­mal­lock sold for up to €2.27 per kg.

Dry cows her made up to €1,310 a head, or €1.66 per kg. Heifers sold for up to €2.12 per kg. Dairy stock in Kil­mal­lock made up to €900 a head (paid for march calvers).


Four Here­ford cross steers, born in March 2017, weighed 535kg and sold for €915 at Cor­rin mart on Tues­day.

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