Good quality store cattle continued to rise to the top of the price table at venues across the countries this week.
Managers noted that additional buyers are out in force in order to meet the seven-month stock retention period requirement associated with the ANC (Areas of Natural Constraints).
Sales are remaining relatively large, with in excess of 1,000 lots going under the hammer at larger venues.
Trade remains strong for quality-types, while there are a limited number of buyers in the market for poor, light-weight cattle.
In excess of 1,000 cattle changed hands at Ballyjamesduff Mart on Tuesday (April 2nd), according to John Tevlin – Manager.
“Northern customers were very active for stores; they competed with Donegal feeders and Dublin businessmen.”
“Exporters were anxious for weanling bulls; calves were a much better trade than previous weeks.” – sample prices here.
800 cattle were presented for sale at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (April 4th), according to Brendan Egan - Manager.
Buyers sourced stock for grazing, while exporters showed renewed interest which led to an excellent clearance, he added.
The heifer ring witnessed good demand this week with a top price of €3.68/kg recorded for a BB heifer, while a LMX weanling heifer weighing 310kg fetched €1,505 - €4.85/kg.
“Breeding stock continued to rise in price and the suckler ring recorded a good clearance while the calf trade remained firm.” - find more here.
1,580 cattle were offered for sale at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (April 4th), according to George Candler – the mart’s auctioneer.
“A somewhat less buoyant trade compared to previous weeks with customers less plentiful.”
“The changeable weather conditions are restricting some potential buyers from operating.”
The auctioneer noted that light, quality lots showed a slight reduction in price at the general cattle sale – for more information, please see here.
Another large entry including 185 calves went under the hammer at Kilrush on Wednesday (April 3rd), according to a mart spokesperson.
Some light, poor-quality calves were offered for sale. “Quality well-fed calves attracted good farmer and shipper demand.”