1,000 lots were on offer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, November 7th, according to George Candler.
“This would suggest that the peak has been reached regarding numbers coming to marts.” the auctioneer noted.
He said that trade was similar to last week, especially for in-spec lots; however, heavy, out-of-spec, bullocks and heifers are the most difficult to sell.
“The cull cow trade is not over-exciting, but prices were more stable compared to last week.”
“Factories do not need to increase quotes as the claim there are adequate supplies. If numbers start decreasing as in the marts, quotes would need to increase. Factories will only do this as a last resort.” Candler concluded.
- 600kgs plus - €1.65-€2.05/kg or €750-€1,300/head;
- 500-600kg - €1.50-€2.45/kg or €750-€1,310/head;
- 400-500kgs - €1.40-€2.47/kg or €580-€1,210/head;
- Less than 400kgs - €1.30-€2.45/kg or €510-€950/head.
- Continental cull cows - €1.10-€1.85/kg;
- Friesian cull cows - €0.60-€1.30/kg.
- Beef-types: €1.70-€2.15/kg or €950-€1,170/head;
- Forward-stores: €1.80-€2.20/kg or €750-€1,090/head;
- Light stores: €1.65-€2.26/kg or €470-€860/head.