The first cattle sale of 2019 held at Tullow Mart on Friday (January 4th) opened to a trade of uncertainty around the ring with prices struggling to remain at pre-Christmas levels, according to Eric Driver - Manager.
The FR type-cows sold anything from €120 under the kg up to a tops of €350 with the kg with good continental heavy and well-fleshed cows still remaining at the top of the price table.
One cow - 965kg - was knocked down at €1640 (€675 over), while the majority of the continental cows feeding-types offered for sale ranged from €250 to €450 with the kg.
Bullocks and heifers
Moving to the bullock and heifer ring, good forward-type stores - 525kg made €1090 with some heavier type bullocks - 615kg - pushing up to €1,350 - a trade resembling anything from €2 up to €2.20/kg for Continental bullocks, the manager pointed out.
There was a similar trade for the heifers, with some Hereford and Angus types meeting with reduced demand.