An improvement in quality store prices was witnessed this week in marts throughout Ireland, as rainfall returned bringing with it more farmers for purchasing cattle, thus increasing prices.
Cattle sales still remain small for the time of year, partially due to the time of year, drop in factory quotes and poor ringside prices in recent times. Quality cattle remain in demand, with plainer lots more difficult to sell in all categories. Continental store lots saw prices improve by between €20 to €40 a head in some cases, especially for quality bulls and heifers.
More farmer customers were present this week, with feeders, exporters and agents active. Sales are beginning to get bigger and this will become more obvious in the coming weeks.
Kilmallock - Trade was improved for the 500 stock that went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart on Monday Last, July 30th. The recent rainfall was welcomed by farmers and this has reflected at the ringside, according to a marts spokesperson. Heifers fared well, up to €2,15 per kg, with weanling bulls selling for up to €2.23 per kg and bullocks at €1.84/kg. Calves made up to €420. See more here.
Ennis - There was an improvement in the overall trade at Ennis Mart on Tuesday, according to the marts spokesperson. Bull weanlings continued to meet an excellent trade, especially quality lots. Heifers still met a poorer trade, though interest is picking up. Sucklers made up to €1,610. Heifer and bullock prices improved at the sale on August 2nd, up by €10 per head. Bullocks made up to €2.63/kg, with heifers topping at €2.54/kg and cull cows making up to €2.15 per kg. More here and here.
Sixmilebridge - An improvement in the price of light store bullocks in Sixmilebridge on July 28th, according to Adam Coughlan of Sixmilebridge mart. Bullock prices were improved by €40 a head. Heifers met a fine trade, especially quality lots, though plainer lots were harder sold. See more here.
Ballybay - Another good entry in Ballybay this week, with fat cows making up to a best price of €1,385. Bullocks made up to a best of €750 over the kg. More results here.
Kanturk - A Small sale with just 280 animals, including 80 calves. There was more interest in cattle and prices were up on last week as a result of the recent rain, according to Mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe. Full report here
Carnew - A large entry in Carnew mart with 560 Cattle & 50 Calves on offer. Prices remained similar to last week with little change, with more farmer customers for store cattle after the recent rainfall. There was also a strong export demand for weanling bulls, said David Quinn, Manager of Carnew Mart. Continue reading here.
Headford - Heifers hit €2.57/kg; weanling heifers topped out at €2.50/kg; weanling bulls sold to €2.83/kg and cull cows realised €1.73/kg. Bullocks peaked at €825 over the kg. Read the report in full here.
Roscommon - Similar numbers in Roscommon this week, with a steady trade overall. Bullocks made up to €2.50 per kg, with heifers up to €2.11 per kg, and dry cows making up to a best price of €2.10 per kg. See here for more.
Kilkenny - An increase in numbers in Kilkenny on August 2nd, with more customers for the quality continentals. Plain cattle still difficult to especially long keep animals. Cull cows saw prices steady with more customers for quality continentals, according to George Candler. Bullocks made up to €1,750, heifers topped in at €1,580 and cull cows at €1.92 per kg. More here.