Big clearance and impressive prices as farmers turn out in force for Iveragh’s 30th

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Big clearance and impressive prices as farmers turn out in force for Iveragh’s 30th

There were over 300 cattle on offer and a 90pc clearance achieved at the mart’s 30th annual weanling show and sale


A December 2017-born 390kg Limousin sold for €990
A December 2017-born 390kg Limousin sold for €990

Iveragh Mart in Cahirciveen attracted strong interest from feeders for its annual weanling show and sale last week which marked the 30th anniversary of one of the premium weanling sales in the region.

More than 300 head of cattle/weanlings on offer met with a firm trade from a strong presence of mainly farmer cattle feeders in the market for both bulls and heifers.

Ahead of the Rose of Tralee Festival, where his daughter, Celine is the Kerry Rose for this week’s event, John O’Shea, Kells, Cahirciveen, was already celebrating as he was the exhibitor of the Champion Weaning Heifer of the show which weighed 420kg and sold for €1,000.

Mike Kissane, three decades at the helm as manager at the mart, described the trade overall as extremely positive with a good selection of quality weanlings on offer and a clearance in excess of 90pc.



A December 2017-born Charolais heifer weighing 420kg sold for €1,000;A December 2017-born Charolais heifer weighing 420kg sold for €1,000;

A December 2017-born Charolais heifer weighing 420kg sold for €1,000;

“The weanling bulls ranged from €2/kg for the plainer R grade continental to a high of €2.90/kg for the good Charolais and Limousin bulls capable of making U grade, with the average of the good bulls about €2.50/kg,” he said.

“There was a good spread of buyers in attendance with the demand strongest for the quality weanlings.



CHAMPION LOT:518 WEIGHT: 430KG BRED:Limousine DOB: 29/07/2017 PRICE:€1160CHAMPION LOT:518 WEIGHT: 430KG BRED:Limousine DOB: 29/07/2017 PRICE:€1160

CHAMPION LOT:518 WEIGHT: 430KG BRED:Limousine DOB: 29/07/2017 PRICE:€1160

“One feedlot representative paid an average of €2.52/kg for 23 bulls which had an average weight of 420kg while we had a farmer feeder who purchased a total of 51 heifers at an average of €2.26/kg with their weights averaging 408kg,” he added.

Show prizes of feed vouchers sponsored by Southern Milling, Marina Mills, Cork were represented on the day by Thomas Lester, Southern Mills.

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In the general sale the 18-month old bullocks were a firm trade with the R+ grade continentals weighing 450- 500kg selling at €2.20/kg.

Thirty-month-olds, weighing 550-600kg made up to €1,290 and ranged from €2/kg to €2.19/kg.



2017-born Limousin weighing 390kg sold for €8352017-born Limousin weighing 390kg sold for €835

2017-born Limousin weighing 390kg sold for €835

Dry cows made from €1.20 per kg to €1.60 per kg depending on quality.

There was over 300 sheep on offer, with hogget ewes for breeding fetching from €100- €145 per head. Ewe lambs sold for €2/kg.



Nially O’Shea, Chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Colm Mangan, Dromid, Co Kerry with the Hogget Ewes award Best Pen of Ewe Lambs AwardNially O’Shea, Chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Colm Mangan, Dromid, Co Kerry with the Hogget Ewes award Best Pen of Ewe Lambs Award

Nially O’Shea, Chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Colm Mangan, Dromid, Co Kerry with the Hogget Ewes award Best Pen of Ewe Lambs Award

Awards:

  • Champion Weanling Bull Michael Townes, Valentia Island
  • Champion Store Heifer Con O’Shea, Valentia Island
  • Champion Store Bullock Donal Clifford, Ballinskelligs Best Lot of Hogget Ewes Bernie O’Sullivan, The Glen
  • Best Lot of Ewe Lambs Colm Mangan, Dromid


Nially O’Shea, chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Bernie O’Sullivan, The Glen, with the Best Hogget Ewes awardNially O’Shea, chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Bernie O’Sullivan, The Glen, with the Best Hogget Ewes award

Nially O’Shea, chairman Iveragh Co-op Mart, presents Bernie O’Sullivan, The Glen, with the Best Hogget Ewes award

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