Buyers at a price in Skibb

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

Good crowds and steady trade at Cork mart's weanling show and sale

"More buyers, but at a price."

This was Skibbereen Mart manager Tom McCarthy's summary of the action at the first special weanling sale of the season.

There were 570 entries for the sale where more than 90pc of the lots were bought by farmers.

The top price was for the pre-sale show champion, a Belgian Blue owned by Leap farmer Ray Shanahan. Weighing in at 430kg, the eight month-old animal sold for €1,330 or €3.09/kg.

However, the trade was slightly stickier than previous years with buyers slightly more cautious.

"It was actually a bigger crowd but they were all there at a price," commented Mr McCarthy.

The general run of stock made €2.10/kg. Examples included two Charolais lots weighing 380kg which sold for €840 or €2.21/kg, two Limousins weighing 382kg made €870 or €2.28/kg, while a 400kg Simmental made €830 or €2.07/kg.

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Fancy lots made more, with a 390kg Belgian Blue making €1,075 or €2.75/kg, while a 520kg Charolais made €1,200 or €2.31/kg.

Plainer lots struggled to breach the €2/kg mark, with a pair of Friesians averaging 270kg making €470 or €1.74/kg.

The weanling sales will continue every Friday at 11.30am until Christmas.

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