Smaller numbers were on offer once again this week, with the scarcity of factory fit and forward stores evident at the ringside.
Forward stores and beef cattle continue to rise to the top at marts across all categories – bullocks; heifers and cull cows, while plainer, lighter, stock with story dairy influence remain the most difficult to sell.
There was decreased farmer activity around rings due to an improvement in the weather, however; factory agents and feedlot and export purchasers pushed the trade.
Several suckler pairings achieved over the €2,000 mark, with up to €2,500 recorded for quality commercial teams. Dry cows are at the upper end of the price-table again this week, with a top call of €2.59/kg reported to That’s Farming this week.
Calf numbers fell further this week as expected, with a variation in price again for all types and breeds. Some managers reported that certain lots were slightly easier than last week, with more of a demand for runners or calves that are close to weaning stage.
A smaller offering of stock, as 700 entries went under the hammer at Balla on Saturday. It was evident that prices held well on the previous week, with a strong trade for the quality forward stores and factory fit stock, however; plainer lots remained the most difficult to sell. Bullocks sold to €1,765; heifers topped out at €1,590; cull cows led at €1,795 and a BBX cow with a LMX calf realised €2,300. Read the full report here.
800 cattle presented for sale on Thursday last and trade remained very strong this week with the recent spell of good weather helping in no small measure, according to Brendan Egan.
Bullocks; heifers and weanlings reported very strong demand this week while the dry cow trade remained very strong. Find the full report here.
Another good entry at Ennis Mart with the good weather farmers were very active around all rings.
The bullock and heifer trade has remained a steady trade with prices matching those of last week and even increasing for better quality types. Good quality bullocks met an exceptional trade for both light and heavy bullocks but forward stores, in particular, met a very strong trade.
Heifers again a good trade with better quality heifers and more forward types in excellent demand. Cows were met with a very strong demand for both feeder type cows and beef cows also sold extremely well although numbers were slightly smaller. Aged bulls sold to a top price of €1,910 for a LM bull, 850kg. Continue reading here.
Heifers sold to €3.10/KG; weanlings topped out at €3.05/kg; cull cows hit €1,560; bullocks pushed up to €1,720 and a breeding bull led at €1,820. Ewes with lambs peaked at €255. Find the report here.
680 entries went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart this week – number fell slightly due to the improved weather conditions.
George Candler, an auctioneer said that beef and forward store bullocks and heifers met an excellent trade and reported a “terrific demand” for light quality continental bullocks and heifers – prices ranged from €2.40 to €3.20/kg.
Friesian bullocks varied from €1.80 to €2.15 per kilo- The hardest animals to sell are lighter Friesians with a Holstein influence plus lighter store AA and Hereford bullocks and heifers hailing from the dairy herd, George revealed.
Cull cows met an excellent trade with about 100 on offer with 75 fewer lots on offer this in comparison to the previous week. Find the full price break-down category-by-category here.
There were good numbers on offer at last Friday’s sale, with a lively trade reported for bullocks as they changed hands at prices from €2.49-€3.20/kg. The sale topper came in the form of an 805kg bullock at €2,220.
Maura Quigley said that there was a steady trade for heifers and plainer lots were more difficult to sell – a range of €2.52-€3/kg was recorded.
On the cull cow front, there was a good entry once again this week and prices varied from €2-€2.49/kg. Sample prices from each category –bullocks; heifers and cull cows can be accessed here.
On Monday bullocks, made up to €950 over the kg, while Heifers climbed to €905 over the kg - The top bullock came in the form of a SIX, 680kg at €1,630 (€2.39/kg) and a LM heifer 595kg topped out at €1,500 (€2.52/kg).
Weanling bulls sold to €670 over the kg (€2.71 p/kg), while weanlings heifers led at €570 over the kg (€2.65 p/kg). In the cull cow ring, a top call of €1,670 was recorded, while a suckler cow and calf pairings followed at €1,620. Read more here.