Talking Trade: Weather impacts numbers, but trade remains strong


What are cattle making around the ring? Bullocks improve in price, a sluggish trade reported for springers in some marts, calf sales hit peak season, heifer prices remain strong and culls meet with a brisk demand; Catherina analyses the trade!

Talking Trade: Weather impacts numbers, but trade remains strong

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What are cattle making around the ring? Bullocks improve in price, a sluggish trade reported for springers in some marts, calf sales hit peak season, heifer prices remain strong and culls meet with a brisk demand; Catherina analyses the trade!

Another week has passed, with several mart managers reporting slightly smaller numbers for the start of February in comparison to early January sales, with adverse weather conditions being one of the main contributing factors identified. A number of managers noted a smaller of continental cattle passed through the rings of their marts, with a large influx of cattle with strong dairy-influence.

Bullocks met with a particularly strong trade this week, with an improvement of anything up to €30-€50/head, reported in some marts for continental lots. Quality heavy continental lots continue to hit over €1,000 with the weight. Strong demand still remains for heifers. Again, cull cows continue to meet with brisk demand, with €2 available for quality lots. Again, weanlings continue to click up to €3/kg, a price which is acquired for those flashy continental types.

Mart Managers have reported a steady trade for springers, with prices for cull cows surpassing that of springing cows and heifers in some cases. A number of mart managers have informed That’s Farming that springers have sold with great difficulty and have often left the mart unsold in some cases. Cow and calf pairings are fetching over the €1,500 mark to over €2,000.

Ballinrobe Mart

Cattle numbers were similar to last week in Ballinrobe on Wednesday with sheep numbers well up. Trade again was very sharp especially for the quality stock despite the ongoing adverse weather conditions, according to Tom McGuire, Manager of Ballinrobe Mart. Read the report here.

Ballyjamesduff Mart

Close to 1,000 cattle passed through the rings of Ballyjamesduff Mart, with close to a 100% clearance reported.
Speaking to That's Farming, John Tevlin, Manager of Ballyjamesduff Mart said:
"The highlight of the sale was the cull cows, with 147 lots and they made up to €1,760, with a 100% clearance. The farmers who acquired top prices for the culls were able to invest back in cow and calf pairings. Cows with calves at foot made up to €2,600. Springing cows and heifers fetched up to €1,900."
"We had a special entry of Charolais heifer 500kg and they witnessed a full clearance, achieving up to €1,480. There was a small entry of dairy stock and they made from €750-€1,510. Calves were a better trade this week, with FR bulls making from €90-€160. Continental calves made from €290-€395." Read the report here.

Baltinglass Mart

Top quality heifers and cows were offered for sale as part of the second branch of Baltinglass Mart’s annual Show and Sale for heifers and cows took place on Wednesday February 7th.

A notable number of factory, farmer and export buyers were in attendance and auctioneer George Candler kept the pace lively for the entire sale.

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

“We had a full yard of heifers and forty cows. Batches of nice quality Charolais heifers 750kg made from €1500-€1550. 300kg Limousin and Charolais heifers made between €800-€950. There was an improved trade for cattle all-round, with a full clearance.”

“We are seeing a lot of people purchasing stock for a shorter winter and others are replacing cattle now that they would have sold before Christmas,” Joe added.

Sheep

Smaller numbers presented due to overnight rain. Prices easier by €1-€2 per head for both store and heavier lambs. Fat ewes easier this week also with prices from €85-€99 per head.

“There was a strong trade across the board, but we had smaller numbers. Prices for 50kg entries ranged from €108-€117. They were similar to the previous week. Nice quality lots 45-50kg fetched in the region of €106-€107.” Read the report here.

Headford Mart

Good demand for all stock on offer at Headford Mart with a 95% clearance of cattle.

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

“We had 195 cattle on offer; they met a good trade. Bullocks made €20-30/head more than the previous week. More farmers were active around the ring for stock. 450kg continental weanlings bulls continue to meet with excellent demand.” Joe told Catherina Cunnane of That’s Farming. Read the report here.

Kilkenny Mart

650 cattle passed through the rings of Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, with a very sharp selling trade reported by George Candler.

Quality continentals increased by €30-€50/head in comparison to last week’s sale. Aberdeen-Angus and Friesian bullocks improved by €20-€30/head, according to Mr Candler.
“The reason for the sharp increase in demand and prices is simple. Mart numbers have remained small this week due in many places to poor road conditions. The other problem is the shortage of continental type animals in marts.” George Candler said when analysing the recent cattle sale.

“Feeders who would have purchased only continentals now find they need to look at Friesian AA and Hereford as an alternative which is helping to raise prices in these breeds also.” He added. Read the report here.

Kilmallock Mart

Dangerous road conditions on Monday morning last saw a small sale of 650 stock which included 350 calves at Kilmallock Mart.

Despite the adverse travelling conditions, buyers still came from as far away as Galway Roscommon Laois Kildare and Carlow, according to the mart’s Kieran O’ Dea. Read the report here.

Mid-Tipp Mart

Mid-Tipp Mart witnessed a smaller entry of cattle this week.

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

“Poor weather and road conditions on Monday have again been keeping numbers from being offered for sale. Trade has been a little bit more optimistic of the prospects of Spring.” Read the report here.

Mohill Mart

The next stage of the Mohill Mart’s Annual Monaghan Sale Days took place on Saturday February 10th, with the spotlight on bullocks.

Adverse weather conditions did not hinder the trade, with a full ringside of buyers which was reflected in the powerful prices.

A yard of quality forward store and heavy factory-type stock was assembled, with continental 475 kg plus entries in hot demand. Customers were agents for Midland and Eastern Feedlots and local farmer customers, according to mart manager, Stephen Hannon. Read the report here.

Raphoe Mart

A smaller entry of cattle due to adverse weather and poor road conditions, however; the trade has remained steady from previous weeks with cattle selling well for all types, according to Ann Harkin, Manager of Raphoe Mart. Farmers, factory and feedlot agents all competed for stock.

Bullocks topped at €1015 over the weight while heifers topped at €830 over the weight; Dry Cows sold to €1440/head for 730kgs.A reasonable entry of weanlings at Raphoe Mart sale on Tuesday evening for the first sale of the season. The quality of stock was outstanding and was reflected in the trade, Ann Harkin said. Read the report here.

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