Large yards of cattle stood in marts throughout the country this week, with a strong spring trade reported, writes Catherina Cunnane.
As ringsides are a hive of activity, demand from ‘grass buyers’ (despite the lack of grass growth) and action from agents for feedlots and feedlots; exporters and farmers has resulted in a brisk trade, as reflected in the prices recorded for store bullocks; heifers and cull cows, in particular this week.
In the weanling rings, quality was the key to the trade, with €3.70/kg up for grabs for those flashy well-conformed lots, both bulls and heifers.
There was somewhat an improvement in the price of FR calves as exporters are actively seeking consignments, with a recent surge of interest from farmers also.
Again, top bullocks and heifers are surpassing €1,000 over, with a phenomenal trade for those continental bullocks in the region of 400kg plus; €3/kg. One well-esteemed auctioneer, George Candler noted that light plain heifers up to 300kg are the most difficult to sell at present. Cull cows once again stores are making similar prices to beef types, with a top price of €2.40/kg recorded by Castlerea Mart this week, evidently confirming that over €2/kg is available for those top lots. Springers and suckler pairings are reported increased demand and improved prices.
A lively trade in Balla, with the mart reporting 1,000 lots on offer. It was noted that some excellent quality continental stores went under the hammer and they met with exceptional demand. There was a major improvement in quality, which was reflected in the brisk trade for the majority of classes, with a full line of buyers anxious for stock in all three rings. Read the report here.
A typical spring-like sale was held in Ballinrobe on Wednesday last, with a fine mixture of some lovely quality cattle and some plainer lots on offer. Manager, Tom McGuire noted that once again, the quality type stores were in very strong demand, with plenty of customers for the plainer lots also present. Read the report here.
800 cattle on offer this week and despite the unfavourable weather conditions, buyers were out in force trying to source stock. Brendan Egan, Manager said that weanlings, in particular, both bulls and heifers were a “very strong trade” with bulls making up to €3.73 a kilo and heifers making up to €3.74 a kilo; Store heifers and dry cows also reported good clearance while prices in the breeding stock rings were stronger this week with increased demand. He noted large numbers of sucks on offer this week with plainer type lots a little harder sold, while the demand for the better quality lots was similar to previous weeks. Read the report here.
A large sale of in Ennis, as over 1,200 head went under the hammer this week. The mart reported that the weanling trade is unchanged and continues to be very strong, with buyers very active with grass growth starting. A large entry of suck calves met a strong farmer demand, with a full clearance achieved; top price in the calf ring was €570, which was paid for a Charolais heifer calf. Friesian calves made from €70-€140 with lighter calves selling from €30-€60. Hereford and Angus calves made from €180-€355, while calves with strong Continental roots peaked at €300-€570. In-calf suckler heifers sold up to €1,480. Suckler cows with calves at foot sold up to €2,040 for a Limousin cow with a Limousin calf at foot. Freshly calved dairy cows and heifers made from €1,170 up to €1,540. Read the report here.
There was an increase in the price of calves for export this week, with shippers active around the ring. There was strong demand for all types of coloured cattle especially AAX, with factory buyers in particular. It was reported that there was a lift in store cattle with farmers buying for grass; that’s according to James McCarney, Senior Auctioneer in Gortatlea Mart. Read the report here.
1,434 cattle including 830 calves went under the hammer at Kanturk Mart. Seamus O’Keeffe reported that there was an outstanding trade, with prices all maintained. He noted that in spite of the recent adverse weather conditions, there was a full ringside of buyers. Read the report here.
Bullocks made up to €955 over the kg, while heifers clicked up to €930 over the kg. The top Bullock, a CHX weighing 625kg sold for €1580 (€2.52 p/kg), while the sale-topping heifer, a 650kg CHX heifer was acquired for €1580 (€2.43 p/kg).
Weanling Bulls fetched up to €688 over the kg (€2.95/kg), while heifer weanlings peaked at €665 over the kg (€2.72 p/kg); cull cows topped out at €1280. Read the report here.
A good sale on Saturday with good demand for quality cattle with plenty of farmers around the ring, according to Sean Ryan, Manager. He noted that there was also good demand for weanlings. Read the report here.