Thursday, November 28th saw some 600 entries go under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart.
The mart’s auctioneer reported that the smaller entry gave rise to a sharp trade, with some bullocks up by €30-€70 on last week’s returns.
“As I have said before over the years, the cattle trade will always be dictated by supply and demand issue.”
“Buyers were out in force, anxious to secure animals before the end of the year. Many have waited thinking that numbers would increase but this has not happened.”
He noted that trade for heifers remained steady while more buyers made their presence felt around the cull cow ring.
- 600kgs - €1.80-€2.05/kg or €1,080-€1,340/head;
- 500-600kgs - €1.65-€2.44/kg or €850-€1,390/head;
- 400-500kgs - €1.70-€2.45/kg or €750-€1,125/head;
- <400kgs - €1.60-€2.65/kg or €640-€965/head.
- Second-grade Friesian cull cows - €0.70-€1.00/kg;
- First-grade Friesian cull cows - €1.10-€1.40/kg;
- Continental cull cows - €1.15-€1.80/kg.
- Beef-types - €1.85-€2.20/kg or €1,050-€1,440/head;
- Forward stores - €1.65-€2.20/kg or €800-€1,020/head;
- Light stores - €1.70-€2.35/kg or €650-€845/head.