After a run of weeks when prices eased back, last week saw the trade at marts across the country bounce back with ringside returns on the bullock side seeing overall averages rise by 8-14c/kg while on the heifer side, trade tended to remain steady with some limited upward movement.
Those of you who read my articles regularly will know I’ve a liking for classic films and rock music. Yesterday morning, as the factory quotes came in, the 1979 Nick Lowe song Cracking Up came into my head. It’s a song about the world and its stresses, stating at one point: “This ain’t funny no more”.
I’m a soccer fan. That means I watched most of the Women’s Euros over the last month. Initially, I was sceptical — not anymore. Once you got to the quarter-final stage the level of technique, skill and stamina demonstrated was very impressive.
Maurice Brosnan of Gortatlea noted that while factories continue to talk down the trade, he saw a strong upswing in demand and prices for beef of all types last week. He said that after a fall in prices, well-fleshed cull cows were again equalling bullock prices in the ring, meaning beef demand is very strong.
Outside Carrick-on-Suir is a junction known as Glenbower. Recently Tipperary county council erected two signs there indicating that the distance to Carrick is 8km; but the existing signage 50m closer to the town tells the traveller that it is 9km away.
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