Talking Trade: Weanlings are the 'ring' leaders


Marts are back in action once again this week, with strong demand for stock around rings. Catherina takes a look at cattle and sheep prices.

Talking Trade: Weanlings are the 'ring' leaders

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Marts are back in action once again this week, with strong demand for stock around rings. Catherina takes a look at cattle and sheep prices.

Livestock Marts around the country resumed as normal this week, following the cancellation of several sales due to Storm Emma and ‘the Beast from the East’ the previous week.

In the bullock and heifer rings, prices improvements of up to €50/head were noted by several managers. This week in particular, the exceptional quality of weanlings was noted by managers, as several special sales were held at various locations throughout the country. Up to a golden €3.60/kg was up for grabs for those flashy, well-conformed Continental weanlings, both bulls and heifers, with Charolais-types in particular still remaining the ring leaders.

It was also referenced that springing cows and heifers are starting to meet with improved demand around the country with up to €1,700- €2,000 available for the best quality types, with similar money available for cow and calf pairings. For cull cows, the strong demand remains, with activity from farmers, purchasers for feedlots and factory agents, with €2/kg-€2.15/kg still available to quality factory-fit lots. Marts reported that a smaller number of cull cows passed through the gates this week, but several top factory lots hit over the €2,000 mark.

Friesian bull calves ranged from €30-€70 for the lighter and younger-types this week, however; stronger calves peaked up to €200. As calf numbers continue to climb, it is expected that this will once again rise again next week. Continental calf both bulls and heifers are making in the region of €500, depending on breed, age and quality, but traditional calves continue to hold their ground hitting around the €350 for the best lots.

In terms of numbers, despite the fact of the cancellation of the sales, numbers appeared to be somewhat similar and did not appear to make a major jump over the period, with a small number of marts reporting a larger offering of cattle.

On the sheet front, hoggets improved by €2-3/head in marts, while heavy ewes improved by up to €5/head on the previous week.

Castlerea Mart

850 cattle presented for sale this week and the increased numbers met a very lively trade especially the forward stores, according to manager, Brendan Egan. Bullocks and heifers were improved by €40-€50 per head with a large attendance of customers present in an attempt to source stock. The weanling rings reported good clearances also with prices similar to previous weeks while increased calf numbers reported an excellent clearance, Mr. Egan noted. Read the report here.

Ennis Mart

Numbers were reported to be similar to last week at Ennis Mart. Continental bull calves made to €610 and Continental heifer calves sold from €320-€520. Traditional breeds including Hereford and Angus bull calves made €180 to €380 and heifer calves of these breeds fetched from €170 to €350.

Friesian bull calves generally sold in the region of €30 to €60 for younger calves, but stronger calves made €80-€180. The mart continues to advise that Friesian calves would want to be at least three-weeks-old and fed to meet customer demand.

Again, weanling bulls and heifers similar in numbers trade for bulls very strong with demand exceeding numbers with quality again to the fore in all weight categories. Heifers were a shade easier for lighter lesser quality heifers but top-quality heifers met a great trade. Read the report here.

Kilkenny Mart

George Candler said that several new customers were present at the sale to acquire quality stock. 650 cattle went under the hammer, with a particularly strong demand for continental forward stores.

George Candler reported a “very sharp trade” with customers anxious to secure numbers at Kilkenny Mart. He noted a particularly strong demand for continental forward-type store cattle, with several new customers on a quest to source quality cattle, as 650 lots went under the hammer. Read the report here.

Kilmallock Mart

900 stock (including 720 calves) went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart on Monday last, 5th March, according to the mart’s Kieran O’Dea.

Mr. O’Dea noted that with no postal service in operation for several days and as a result, many calves were unable to travel to the Mart as no passports had arrived.

Bullocks sold for up to €1,175 each or €2.16 per kg., while weanlings made up to €800 or €2.47 per kg. Dry Cows sold for up to €1,100 each or €1.93 per kg. Heifers made up to €1,105 a head or €2.20 per kg, while Dairy Stock hit €1,320. Calves sold for up to €380 for Beef Breeds. Friesian Bulls were of variable quality and sold for up to €245. Read the report here.

Roscommon Mart

There were good numbers on offer at the Show & Sale of Weanlings held on Tuesday, March 6th last with a brisk trade all-round with Farmers, Agents and Exporters all anxious for stock, according to manager, Maura Quigley. There was a vibrant trade for Bull Weanlings with prices averaging from €2.71 per kilo up to €3.58 per kilo with a 95% clearance of lots. Ms. Quigley described the trade as “brisk” for Weanling Heifers with prices ranging from averages of €2.75 per kilo up to €3.71 per kilo with 84% of lots sold. There was a good demand for Springing Cows with lots fetching from €1040 up to €1780. Cows with calves at foot made from €1560 up to €1620. Read the report here.

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