The current spell of weather combined with seasonal declines in numbers has resulted in a smaller offering of cattle at marts around the country.
While numbers have fallen, the trade remains firm for cattle at the upper end of the market - forward and factory-fit lots. Plainer type lots with strong dairy influence remain the most difficult to sell.
Factories slashed 5c/kg off cull cow quotes, with some discussion that there may be a further reduction of 5-10c/kg next week, however; this change has yet to be witnessed at ringside level - cull cows are still exceeding over €2/kg for top types.
Quality continental weanlings continue to exceed €3/kg, while suckler cow and calves pairings are meeting increased demand - with several teams clicking over the €2,000 mark.
500 cattle presented for sale this week as the recent spell of fine weather impacted on numbers, according to Brendan Egan, Manager.
The trade remained very strong with strong farmer activity this week and prices were maintained especially for the quality stores on offer. See more here.
Cattle and sheep numbers were similar to last week at Ballinrobe Mart on Wednesday, according to Tom McGuire, Manager. He noted that the trade remained relatively unchanged with again emphasis placed on quality lots. Read more here.
Agents and exporters were active at Ennis Mart, with a smaller offering of cattle on Tuesday, June, 5th.
Quality at the fore, the trade for weanlings was exceptionally strong, with an improvement in prices and a top call of €3.84/kg achieved in the bull weanling category.
In-calf suckler cows and heifers sold on average for €1,100, with some excellent quality lots on offer. Suckler pairings ranged from €1,000 up to €1,680, while freshly calved dairy cows and heifers realised €1,300.
Friesian calves varied from €50-80, with limited numbers, while Angus/Hereford cross calves sold from €140 up to a tops of €350. Continental-cross calves made from a base of €250 up to €500. The full report can be accessed here.
600 went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, a smaller offering of stock compared to last week.
George Candler reported an “excellent trade” for beef and forward store bullocks and heifers. He noted that plainer types in both these rings were more difficult to sell, especially those under 350kgs, with a lighter bone and strong dairy influence. Read more.
The June Bank Holiday witnessed a turnout of 1,300 entries at Kilmallock Mart, which included 543 calves and runners.
Prices continue to rise as excellent growth is having a positive effect on trade; exporters are also very keen to acquire stock.
Bullocks sold for up to €1,360 each or €2.31 per kg; weanlings males hit €1,195 a head or €3.30 per kg and dry cows climbed to €1,420 each or €2.44 per kg. Lighter heifers realised €800 each or €2.70 per kg and forward heifers topped out at €1,180 each or €2.35 per kg. The dairy trade is very strong with up to €1,510 paid, while calves pushed up to €540 and suckler cow and calf pairings led at €1,800. Read the report here.
There was a steady trade for cattle at Raphoe Mart on Thursday, June, 7th, according to manager, Ann Harkin. She noted that good quality cattle and store cattle in demand at the sale.
Bullocks topped out at €1,045 over; beef heifers peaked at €880 over; store heifers climbed to €730 over & cull cows made up to €1,380. Read more here.
A smaller offering of stock at Roscommon Mart on Friday, with a change noted in the trade, especially for heifers.
Maura Quigley reported a lively trade for Bullocks as prices ranged from €2.35 per kilo up to a top of €2.57 per kilo. There was an easier trade for Heifers and plainer lots were more difficult to sell - heifers varied from €2.16 per kilo up to €2.61 per kilo, while in the dry cow ring, entries sold from €1.86 per kilo up to a top call of €2.21 per kilo. The full price-table can be found here.