A large sale on Tuesday, with numbers well up on the previous weeks, trade remains tough due to the weather and poor grass growth, according to a spokesperson for Ennis Mart.
The weanling bull trade held reasonably well with trade been driven by exporters and specialised feeders; however, farmers were scarce. Plainer type bulls were harder sold.
Heifers were a tough trade this week with exception of top quality lots, the spokesperson added. Suckler cows with calves ranged from €1,050 up to €1,770.
- 1 CHX 280kgs - €915 - €3.27/kg;
- 1 CHX 400kgs - €1,115 - €2.79/kg
- 1 LMX 295kgs - €900 - €3.05/kg;
- 1 LMX 415kgs - €1,145 - €2.76/kg
- 1 CHX 370kgs - €1,180 - €3.19/kg;
- 1 LMX 530kgs - €1,200 - €2.26/kg;
- 1 BBX 375kgs - €1,120 - €2.99/kg;
- 1 CHX 505kgs - €1,125 - €2.22/kg.
- 1 BBX 290kgs - €850 - €2.93/kg;
- 1 CHX 345kgs - €1,090 - €3.16/kg;
- 2 LMX 290kgs - €800 - €2.76/kg;
- 1 BBX 360kgs - €1,080 - €3.00/kg;
- 1 CHX 355kgs - €1,150 - €3.24/kg;
- 1 CHX 385kgs - €1,090 - €2.83/kg;
- 2 BBX 382kgs - €1,120 - €2.93/kg;
- 1 CHX 430kgs - €1,140 - €2.65/kg.
Calf numbers smaller, but a firm trade was reported. Angus/Hereford-cross calves sold from a base €130 up to a top call of €270, while reared Friesian calves ranged from €200-€270. Continental-cross calves climbed from €220 up to €490.
Sheep trade was less again, reflecting the current market for lamb and factory quotes.
Cull ewes made up to €130, while hoggets topped out at €117 for 58kg and spring lambs fetched up to €122 for a pen of 8 weighing 47kg.