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