Continuous inclement weather conditions; delayed grass growth and fodder shortages may be evident but a firm trade remains for quality lots, writes Catherina Cunnane.
Managers noted that there was a smaller turnout of stock this week, with decreased farmer activity around rings. Strong demand remains for quality lots throughout the bullock; heifer and cull cow rings, while plainer, lighter types remain the most difficult to sell.
Weanlings are coming under pressure in some marts, however; flashy well-conformed Continentals continue to exceed the €3/kg mark. Factory-fit lots and cattle suitable for grazing continue to top sales, with quality being the main factor here.
Again, a mixed trade reported for springers, but cow and calf pairings continue to meet with increased demand. Calf prices have picked up slightly and it has been reported that exporters are paying up to €30/head more than last week for suitable lots.
Similar numbers were on offer at Balla Mart on Saturday, April, 7th with some good quality cattle passing through the rings. It was noted that quality lots were hot demand, however; there was a variable trade for lighter and plainer cattle.The heifer ring was a hive of activity as Mary Kennedy of RTÉ Nationwide put a BBX heifer weighing 370kg under the hammer. Describing this lot as “weighing feathers” and encouraging attendees to “dig deep”, following a flurry of bids, the hammer fell at €1,460. All proceeds from the sale of this year went to Aurivo Charity of the Year 'Down Syndrome Ireland'. Read the report here.
A smaller number of stock on offer this week, with a top call of €1155 over the kg for a bullock.Store Heifers made from €320 to €825 over the kg, while weanling heifers clicked from €325 to €620 over the kg. Weanling bulls sold from €185 to €750 over the kg. Read the report here.
The adverse weather conditions resulted in a smaller turnout of 1410 stock at Kilmallock Mart on Monday, however; it was noted that purchasers are showing more interest in acquiring lots, Kieran O’Dea of Kilmallock Mart said.
Bullocks sold for up to €1190 each or €2.52 per kg. Weanlings sold for up to €1135 each or €2.68 per kg. Dry Cows made up to €1160 a head or €2.81 per kg. Heifers sold for up to €1220 each or €2.26 per kg. Dairy Stock and suckler pairings shared the same top price tag of €1,300. Read the report.
On Monday, bullocks made up to €995 over the kg, while heifers clicked up to €865 over the kg. The top Bullock, a Chx 565kg made €1560, €2.76 p/kg, while the top-priced heifer was a Chx 575kg and the hammer hit at €1440, €2.50 p/kg. Read the report here.
Sixmilebridge MartDespite the inclement weather, Sean Ryan, Manager of Sixmilebridge Mart reported a “good sale” with a full clearance of suckler cows. He noted that bullocks were a steady trade with good demand for quality lots. Read the report here.