Radical changes have come to the fore at many livestock marts throughout the country this week. The new health and safety procedures come on the back of rapid insurance hikes over the past 18-month period; an incident that occurred at Aurivo Mohill Mart and concerns over the health and safety of both staff and customer bases. Mart managers have informed That’s Farming of some changes that have been made to the format of sales; access to the sales yard/ lairage area and newly introduced viewing times which have implemented due to adherence of the ‘mart staff only’ rule.
On the trading front, there was somewhat an improvement across the board for livestock this week, despite adverse weather conditions that have had an impact on ground conditions, although grass growth has picked up considerably over the past number of weeks.
Casting an eye on the ringside, both farmers and exporters were more active for stock this week, with more activity from these purchasers than previous weeks. Managers reported that international exporters were actively seeking consignments of calves and were paying up to €15-€20/head more than the previous week, with quality and age being the two main factors here.
There was an improved trade for weanlings this week; cull cows continue to exceed the €2/kg for good young store cows and also factory-fit lots and there is more demand for continental suckler cow and calving pairings and springers continue to meet a mixed trade.
Summarising the price tables of all categories, quality lots continue to meet strong demand, while plainer lots are more difficult to sell.
400 cattle were on offer at Ballinrobe Mart on Wednesday last. Tom McGuire noted that cattle and sheep continue to be a very good trade considering the adverse weather conditions resulting in late grass growth.Tom McGuire said that sheep numbers were similar to the previous week with again a full clearance. Hoggets sold from €98.00 to €125.00 with fat ewes asking from €86.00 to a top price of €120.00. Butcher lambs peaked at prices from €110 to €130. Read more here.
990 lots passed through the rings of Ennis Mart on Tuesday. It was noted that several excellent quality weanlings went under the hammer and this category met with an improved trade. Farmers were more active for stock and it was also reported that there was strong export activity in the bull ring mainly for lots under 300 kgs and under 10-months of age.A large entry of suck calves met a good demand where almost full clearance was achieved, with a top call of €680 for a Limousin bull calf. Friesian calves made from €80-€175 with lighter calves selling from €30-€70. Hereford and Angus calves made from €200-€340. Continental-bred heifer calves sold to €500. Read more here.
600 cattle on offer went under the hammer on Saturday; the new Health and Safety rules drew a big crowd and proved to be a good success, according to manager, Joe Wynne.Bullocks made from €255 to €1228 over the kg or €1.65 to €3.69 per KG.Store Heifers made from €230 to €800 over the kg or €1.71 to €3.11 per KG. Weanling bulls made from €285 to €720 over the kg or €2.02 to €3.36 per KG. Cull cows sold from €600 to €1590. Sucklers made up to €1280. Read the report here.
Kanturk Mart Auctioneer Noel Corcoran again this week reports that the weather and lack of grass growth continue to be a major topic of conversation at all sales venues. However, despite the incessant rains of Monday night last and Tuesday morning trade was exceptionally strong in both rings at Kanturk where 980 cattle sold under the hammer. The trade for calves was strong with plenty of demand from both shippers and farmers with prices realising from €100 - €415 depending on breed and quality. Tr. The Bullock trade saw plenty of interest being shown in all classes of cattle with a significant number of farmer buyers in attendance. The cow trade as always saw much demand especially for the short-term cow to finish mid to late-June. Read more here.
Despite the bad weather, Sean Ryan, manager of Sixmilebridge Mart reported a “good sale on Saturday with good demand for quality cattle plainer weanlings were a tougher trade”. Bullocks sold to €1,410; heifers topped out at €1,125 and cows clicked up to €1,200. Read the report here.
New Health and Safety procedures were rolled out for the first time at Tuam Mart on Monday. The ‘Only Mart Staff' rule has been adopted by this West of Ireland-based mart, which comes on the back of a bull attack that occurred recently at another mart in a region.
On the cattle trade front, bullocks clicked up to €925 over the kg, while heifers made up to €795 over the kg. The sale-topping bullock came in the form of a CHX weighing 705kg and he peaked at €1,630, €2.31 p/kg. In the heifer ring, the leading lady, a 585kg SPX was acquired for €1380, €2.35 p/kg.Weanling Bulls sold to €560 over the kg €2.64 p/kg, while Weanling Heifers realised €710 over the kg €2.61 p/kg. Cull cows hit €1,550, while a suckler pairing led the sale at €2,000. Read the full report here.