Northern raiders set trade on fire
THE likes of it hasn't been seen since Queen Maeve sent her army east to capture the brown bull of Cooley.
A small army of buyers from Donegal Meat Processors (DMP) has descended on marts throughout the southwest in recent weeks, "setting the trade on fire", said local observers.
The Northern raiders were particularly active in Castleisland, Listowel and Kilmallock.
"They were buying up everything at premium prices and the locals did not get a look in as they cleaned up, which was a real boost for the trade," said one farmer.
Kevin Leahy of Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, confirmed that buyers for DMP were "active" at the sale, but refused to comment on reports that they had purchased a high percentage of the animals sold.
"We did have a very good trade for cows, heifers and bullocks and it was helped by the competition. Some of the dry cows sold for more than €300 over [€1/kg]. And any cows with weight made €200-300 over. There were good prices paid for any good stock on offer.
"It is obvious that there is a good trade for beef because some of the cattle would not have made the same money in local factories," he added.
A Castleisland Mart spokesman said DMP buyers were among the attendance at sales in recent weeks and "were very anxious" for cattle and cows.