Video: Bullock collects €3,000 at Carnew Mart Show and Sale

There was a great cattle show and super trade at Carnew Mart’s 41st Annual Fatstock Show and Sale on Saturday 22nd January.

According to a report on the sale by yard manager Eugene Clune, the sale “shattered all market records” and Clune simply stated that “the beef business is on fire.”

He added: “The day’s prices exceeded all expectations and resulted in 100% clearance.”

The highest price of the day went to an impressive Belgian Blue Cross beef which weighed in at 990kg and the final bid of €3,000 was placed by a prominent factory agent in the area.

Talk to Agriland After the sale, Clune explained: “Between the feedlots, factory agents and buyers from Northern Ireland, the trade was unnatural; with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, there was no standing room around the ring.

A total of 60 cattle for sale sold for a deductible of €2,000 while 10 day cattle sold for between €2,500 and €3,000.

Livestock participation was high that day with 1,280 heads of oxen and bulls on sale at the Saturday sale and 300 cows sold at Carnew Mart on Friday evening. The cow trade described as “a super trade everywhere”.

“There were cattle that went to Donegal, Cork, Tipperary, Louth and over 200 head sold to buyers from Northern Ireland that day,” the yard manager explained.

He noted that the most expensive beef of the day was the highest price any beef had ever fetched in the history of Carnew Mart, which has been in business since 1956.

Continuing, Clune described the farmer who sold the most expensive beef who also got €2,680 for his second best beef during the sale.

The weed trade begins in Carnew

Another selling point was that grass cattle buyers returned to the rings and were out in force on Saturday.

According to Clune, store cattle was “a hot trade”, with early herbivores beginning to buy oxen for grazing.

“The beast of quality commands serious money and nursing breeder point of view, the most interesting trend of the sale was that weaned bulls seem to be coming back into fashion and the 250 bulls in the sale all sold very easily”.

Bulls of the day had a top price of €4.06/kg and €3.30/kg was freely available for export type premium bulls with €2.50-€3.00/kg available for bulls weanlings of good quality.

Best Beef Prices from Carnew Mart

Oxen 900-1000kg:

  • BBX, 990 kg €3.03/kg €3,000.00;
  • LMX, 920 kg €2.91/kg €2,680.00;
  • CHX, 926 kg €2.83/kg €2,620.00;
  • LMX, 908 kg €2.82/kg €2,560.00;
  • CHX, 934 kg €2.81/kg €2,620.00.

Oxen 800-900kg

  • PTX, 810 kg €3.04/kg €2,460.00;
  • LMX, 824kg €2.99/kg €2,460.00;
  • BBX, 820 kg €2.88/kg €2,360.00;
  • LMX, 830kg €2.87/kg €2,380.00;
  • BBX, 840 kg €2.83/kg €2,380.00.

Oxen 700-800kg

  • CHX, 744 kg €3.09/kg €2,300.00;
  • LMX, 742 kg €3.02/kg €2,240.00;
  • BBX, 728 kg €2.99/kg €2,180.00;
  • PTX, 790 kg €2.99/kg €2,360.00;
  • CHX, 780 kg €2.92/kg €2,280.00;

Oxen 600-700kg

  • LMX, 630kg €3.84/kg €2,420.00;
  • SIX, 644 kg €3.12/kg €2,010.00;
  • BBX, 672 kg €2.99/kg €2,010.00;
  • CHX, 636 kg €2.91/kg €1,850.00;
  • CHX, 676 kg €2.90/kg €1,960.00.

Oxen 500-600kg

  • LMX, 593kg €2.85/kg €1,690.00;
  • PTX, 548 kg €2.83/kg €1,550.00;
  • CHX, 517 kg €2.83/kg €1,460.00;
  • LMX, 536 kg €2.80/kg €1,500.00;
  • BA, 572 kg €2.78/kg €1,590.00.

Oxen 400-500kg

  • BBX, 402 kg €3.21/kg €1,290.00;
  • BBX, 466 kg €3.15/kg €1,470.00;
  • BBX, 446 kg €3.12/kg €1,390.00;
  • CH, 462 kg €2.97/kg €1,370.00;
  • LMX, 404 kg €2.85/kg €1,150.00.

Oxen under 400 kg

  • LMX, 386kg €3.21/kg €1,240.00
  • BBX, 376 kg €3.09/kg €1,160.00
  • PTX, 366 kg €2.87/kg €1,050.00
  • CHX, 390 kg €2.85/kg €1,110.00
  • LMX, 306 kg €2.75/kg €840.00


  • 374 kg BBX €1,520 €4.06/kg;
  • 536kg Lm €1,500 €2.79/kg;
  • 466 kg BBX €1,460 €3.13/kg;
  • 317kg Lmx €1,000 €3.15/kg.

Carnew Mart Fatstock Show Award Winner

Class 1 – Best Factory Type Continental Bull:

First of all: Patsy Fortune, Lot 107 BBX 990kg at €3,000;

Second: Owen O’Neill, lot 122 CHX 818kg at €2,300;

Third: Martin Ryan Batch 121kg CHX 934kg at €2,620.

Class 2 – Best 2 or more Continental Factory Type Beef:

First of all: Michael F. Nolan, Lot 243 LMX 653kg at €1,850;

Second: Brain Doyle, Lot 230 LMX 790kg at €2,110;

Third: Michael F. Nolan, Lot 241 LMX 756kg at €2,000.

Class 3 – Best Non-Continental Bullock factory type

First of all: Peter Behan, Lot 343 AAX 716kg at €1,900;

Second: Robert Bradshaw, Lot 307 HEX 711kg at €1,680;

Third: Peter Behan, Lot 344 HEX 868kg at €2,000

Class 4 – Best 2 or more store sires

First of all: Brian Doyle, Lot 371 LMX 593kg at €1,690;

Second: Patrick Greene, Lot 396 CHX 525kg at €1,420;

Third: Brian Doyle, Lot 374 LMX 675kg at €1,830.

Class 5 – Best Continental Bullock store

First of all: Derry Rothwell, Lot 435 LMX 630kg at €2,420;

Second: Peter Dowling, Lot 433 LM 570kg at €1,560;

Third: Paddy Murphy, Lot 430 PTX 548kg at €1,550.

Class 6 – Best Continental Weaned bull

First of all: Shay Hayden, Lot 489 BBX 374kg at €1,520;

Second: Paddy Murphy, Lot 491 LMX 536kg at €1,500;

Third: Paddy Murphy, Lot 490 LMX 442kg at €1,110.

Champion Bullock

Patsy Fortune Lot 107 BBX 990 kg at €3,000.

In conclusion, the management of Carnew Mart expressed its thanks to all its sponsors and the buyers and sellers of Carnew shares for their continued support.

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