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Tougher trade for plainer types at Raphoe

Forward-store heifers met with strong demand with up to €840 over the kg recorded.

Steady trade at Kilrush

“Stock are in good shape and weighing well for the time of year.”

Heifers sell to €1,430 at Ballinrobe

Trade held well, especially for quality lots; bullocks hit €1,285, dry cows realised €1,565 and suckler pairings peaked at €1,480.

Calf makes €600 at Ballyjamesduff

Sellers took advantage of the brisk trade for quality lots, according to John Telvin.

Ewe lambs reach €172 at Ballymote

“The lamb trade, in general, was not as sharp as last week; trade for cull ewes remained strong.”

Demand exceeds supply at Kanturk

320 entries - including 70 calves - were offered sale; heifers hit €1,350, dry cows sold to €1,240 and bullocks peaked at €900.

Tough trade for plainer lots at Ennis

“Trade for the heifer weanlings holding very solid but bulls were a shade easier.”

Strong trade for store bullocks at Loughrea

Forward-type heifers met with strong demand while prices for store lambs have improved as "farmers have lots of spare grass.”

Firm trade for all types at Tuam

Bullocks hit €805 with the weight, while heifers made up to €680 over and cull cows realised €1,380.

Sheep ease by €2-€4/head at Kilkenny

500 lots on offer with "more of a challenging trade."

Farmers active at Roscommon Mart’s 60th anniversary sale

“With the continued good grass growth, farmers were actively sourcing stock resulting in a good clearance of lots.”

More farmer customers at Baltinglass

Lambs went under the hammer for €105 while ewes hit €131

Bullocks top out at €715 over at Headford

Heifers hit €640 over, weanling bulls realised €520 over and weanling heifers peaked at €340 over.

Dry cows reach €1,540 at Dowra

"The good quality lots were still in demand.”

Suckler pairings hit €1,675 at Ballinasloe

"Low numbers but a good trade and almost a full clearance."

‘Is that what the factories want?’

“Do factories realise that a lot of farmers who bought cattle in the past have either gone into contract rearing or reduced numbers dramatically?”

Strong demand for well-fleshed cattle at Carnaross

“Trade remained good this week despite current beef trade.”

Calves sell from €40 to €280 at Castlerea

"Despite all the disquiet about Brexit, Mercosur and beef prices, trade, in general, held up well”

Bullocks hit €860 over at Blessington

“Trade was similar to last week for all classes.”

Heifers reach €1,525 at Ballinrobe

“Despite all the adverse talk about the future of the beef sector, trade did not show any signs of this"