Talking Trade: Trade remains firm, with slight improvement in price for some categories


In this week’s Talking Trade, we review the week around cattle and sheep rings throughout the country. Read more here.

Talking Trade: Trade remains firm, with slight improvement in price for some categories

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In this week’s Talking Trade, we review the week around cattle and sheep rings throughout the country. Read more here.

The trade appeared have held well stock this week, with an improvement in sheep and cattle prices around the ring, despite factories dropping quotes.

Feedlot buyers appeared to be anxious for continental-types around the 450kg and heavier in cases. Northern buyers returned to Ballyjamesduff, while factory agents were a driver of trade at Raphoe Mart.

Read the trade comments from auctioneers and managers below.

Baltinglass Mart

There was a complete clearance and an approved trade for all sorts of sheep at Baltinglass Mart on Saturday 20th January.

Lighter lambs made in the region €2-€2.15/kg; 30kg made €60-€70, depending on the quality. Store and fat ewes made for €61- €110, with a similar trade to the previous week.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Joe Kinsella, Manager of Baltinglass Mart said:

“The sale was not as big as the week before, but there was a good offering. The heavier lambs were back up to what they were at two weeks ago. The top price was €115 for 55kgs and in that category from 50-60kg they were making from €104-€115, depending on the flesh cover.”

“The smaller weight lambs from 45-50kg were making €95-€105. The types at €105 were Charollais well-fleshed lambs. There is good demand for store lambs and the farmers that are selling lambs are replacing them. There is a huge demand for those forward-type store lambs between 37-41kg; Cheviot or Suffolk-Cross.” Joe added.

Read the report here.

Ballyjamesduff Mart

A large number of heavy cattle once again passed through the ring at Ballyjamesduff Mart and all categories met with a brisk trade.

Speaking to That’s Farming, John Tevlin, Manager of Ballyjamesduff Mart said:

“The Northern customers were back and the sterling had changed in their favour, so they had a competitive advantage. The sale met with a very lively trade.” John Tevlin told Catherina of That’s Farming.

Read the report here.

Castlerea Mart

430 cattle on offer this week with numbers on offer slowly increasing. Quality stores and weanlings reported a very brisk trade with an increased number of buyers in attendance as a result prices were well improved. Quality weanlings, in particular, reported some fancy prices while breeding stock, cull cows and calves also reported strong demand.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Brendan Egan, Manager of Castlerea Mart said:

“There was a well-improved trade, with better demand for all categories of stock on offer. Quality store Bullocks and bull weanlings were a very strong trade and improved by €30-€40/head. Top quality cull cows made over €2/kg.” Brendan told Catherina of That’s Farming.

Read the report here.

Headford Mart

250 cattle passed through the ring of Headford Mart on Saturday, January 19th, which was a similar entry number to the previous week.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Joe Wynne, Manager of Headford Mart said:

“There was a good trade all round for cattle on Saturday. Agents for feedlots were in attendance to purchase store bullocks and heifers. There was a steady trade for the cull cows also. There was a great clearance for heavy Charolais and Limousin bull weanlings ranging from 370-450kg.” Joe told Catherina of That’s Farming.

Read the report here.

Maam Cross Mart

The trade remained firm in Maam Cross for the third sale of the year, with good numbers in the yard.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Bríd Burke of Maam Cross Mart said:

“Cattle numbers held strong this week in Maam Cross and saw a rise in the average price per kilo with a 95% clearance. Dry cows making up to €1345.”

“Despite sheep numbers being reduced we had a 95% clearance and prices held well,” Bríd added.

Read the report here.

Kilkenny Mart

720 cattle passed through the rings of Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, which was an increased entry of 200 cattle to the equivalent sale of 2017.

George Candler noted that this particular sale can receive smaller entries, due to the Thyestes Chase.

Forward store Continental bullocks clicked up to €2.62/kg, with light heifers to €2.87/kg. Cull cows hit a high €2.15/kg and the sale attracted over 180 cull cows.

Speaking to That’s Farming, George Candler, Manager of Kilkenny Mart said:

“There were predominately Friesian and Aberdeen-Angus cattle on offer and continentals were very scarce. Factories dropping quotes is causing a little bit of uncertainty. The continental cattle are being sought after but there are just not enough of those appearing in marts at present.” George explained.

“If we get a spell of dry weather in the next week or two, it could sort of stabilise things. Unfortunately, we are seeing now the decline in the suckler herd being reflected in the limited amount of continental cattle coming to the market. We will see more of those Angus and Hereford-influence cattle coming out.” George added.

Read the report here.

Mid-Tipp Mart

The sale saw a smaller number of cattle on offer being met with a stronger demand in contrast with last week at Mid-Tipp Mart.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Martin Ryan, Manager of Mid-Tipp Mart said:

“Numbers across the board were down but last week’s unprecedentedly large sale was probably due to a back log of cattle from the Christmas period. The weanling trade was very mixed with better continental weanlings (R+/U- Grade) making €2.80-3.00/kg and poorer quality bucket fed FR weanlings were being sold €1.50-1.75/kg

Stronger Store cattle were a better trade than last week.” Martin said.

Read the report here.

Tuam Mart

The trade remained firm for cattle at Tuam Mart on Monday, with good ringside attendance. Bullock made up to €865 over the kg, while Heifers made up to €890 over the kg. Read the report here.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Marion Devane, Manager of Tuam Co-operative Mart said:

“We had 199 cattle on offer, with nearly 100% clearance. Export and feedlot buyers were in attendance. Farmers were active for weanling heifers. The quality was very good which is reflected in the price.” Marion told Catherina of That’s Farming.

Read the report here.

Sixmilebridge Mart

Sixmilebridge Co-operative Mart held their most recent sale on Saturday, with a steady trade similar to last week.

“Despite the very bad weather, we had a good sale on Saturday with prices holding up well. There was good demand for quality weanlings, some fancy prices being paid.” Sean Ryan, Manager of Sixmilebridge Co-operative Mart said.

Read the report here.

Raphoe Mart

A much larger entry of cattle at Raphoe Mart with weather and road conditions improved, as noted by Ann, Harkin, Manager. Plainer types sold from €1.80/kg to €2.20/kg while quality types sold from €2.80/kg to €3.20/kg.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Ann Harkin, Manager of Raphoe Mart said:

“There was an excellent trade with a great demand around the ring. 450 cattle passed through the ring. Feedlot buyers and factory buyers were in attendance.

Read the report here.

Tullow Mart

Over 300 head of cattle on offer in Tullow on Friday January 19th and the trade remains steady on last week with very lively demand for Beef and forward type cattle. The sale achieved a full clearance of all stock.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Eric Driver, Manager of Tullow Mart said:

“It was another positive sale, with beef and stores holding a good honest steady trade. A notable number of buyers for grass are starting to appear around the ring, even though the weather would suggest that they would be out, but they are starting to get a feel of where the spring market is going to be.”

“In a time of uncertainty with beef as the factories are playing around with prices, we were glad to see the trade remains steady, with a good demand for all classes of cattle,” Eric told Catherina of That’s Farming.

Read the report here.

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