The adverse weather conditions caused major a shake-up for livestock marts around the country, with only a limited number opening their gates this week. For the marts that operated, the weather had a major influence on some categories passing through the rings.
Castlerea, Roscommon, Ballymote, Ennis, Kilkenny, Raphoe and Tullow are among some of the marts that did not trade this week, so therefore reports are unavailable on That’s Farming this week. Bigger sales are expected next week, due to the cancellation of the majority of marts.
Just briefly analysing the trade, prices improved by €5 to €8/head for hoggets and by €3 to €5/head for fat ewe in some marts.
Flashy continental weanlings continue to acquire over €3.00/kg with up to €3.30/kg and more available for top quality lots. Weanling heifers are following hot on their heels selling in the region of €2.80-€2.90/kg and topping over the €3/kg mark for the flashy lots.
Heavy factory-fit stock, both bullocks and heifers met with a flying trade, with the best bullocks going through the rings hitting over €1,100 with the kilo.
Mart Managers reported that the trade for Friesian bull calves for international export markets was a shade easier this week, making from €50-100 approximately as another boat set sail, however; calf numbers continue to jump in marts as more hit the ground. In the cull cow rings, again €2/kg available for those top lots, with backward-type stores also rising to meet a lively trade, with €600 over the kg available for the best lots. Cow and calf pairings are reaching €1,500, with over €2,000 and more available for the top lots.
Joseph Kinsella of Baltinglass Mart told That’s Farming that both the cattle and sheep sales met with good demand, with close to a 100% clearance.
He noted that there was a larger entry presented for sale this week and said that prices improved by €5 to €8/head for hoggets and by €3 to €5/head for fat ewes.
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Close to 1,000 cattle went under the hammer once again this week at Ballyjamesduff Mart, with John Tevlin, mart manager reporting a clearance rate of close to 100%, following the sale, noting that prices had witnessed an improvement on the corresponding sale last week.
“Bullocks sold to €1,240 over the weight; cull cows reached €1,920 and weanlings fetched up to €3.63/kg. Calves sold to €295 and the Friesian calves were a shade easier as the boat had set sail, but there was good farmer demand despite this.”
“Cattle are travelling a good journey to the mart, with cattle from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. The word is out there that the customers are there. We had a number of Northern buyers in attendance this week also.” John concluded. Read the report here.
The adverse weather conditions took their toll on numbers at Ballinrobe Mart on Wednesday, with a small entry reported by Tom McGuire, Manager. Mr. McGuire said that the cattle that were on offer were all sold in a vibrant type trade. Tom McGuire noted small entry numbers but said that they met with a vibrant-type trade. Culls sold to €2.03/kg; weanling heifers sold to €3.24/kg and suckler pairings hit €1,510. Read the report here.
Headford Mart reported a firm trade with a 97% clearance rate for cattle last Saturday.
“Cattle improved by €20-30/head. 340 cattle went under the hammer. Sheep also met with a good trade and they improved by €3-4/head.” Joe Wynne told Catherina Cunnane of That’s Farming. Read the report here.
Maam Cross Mart
With cattle numbers back, prices held well once again this week at Maam Cross. Bríd Burke of Maam Cross Mart told That’s Farming that there was great demand for stock, as heifer weanlings averaged out at €635/head, hitting €3.38/kg, while Dry cows reached €2.32/kg. Read the report here.
On Monday, bullocks made up to €860 over the kg. Heifers made up to €830 over the kg. Top Bullock was a CHX 580kg made €1440(€2.48 p/kg). Top Heifer was a CHX 630kg at €1460(€2.31 p/kg). Read the report here.
Mart Manager Seamus O’Keeffe reports a throughput of 970 cattle which met with a 98% clearance rate despite the threat of unfavourable weather predicted for the weekend to come. In the main ring cattle prices were maintained with plenty demand for cattle for summer grazing.
Auctioneer Noel Corcoran was full of praise for the calf shippers who purchased in big numbers in the absence of many local farmer buyers. The anticipation of bad weather ahead definitely had a major influence on calf prices this week. However, this could all change next week. Read the report here.
1,450 cattle passed through the rings of Kilmallock Mart on Monday, which included a monster sale of 850 calves. Numbers increased ninety calves, in comparison to the corresponding sale last year. Despite a very bad weather forecast trade in all rings was “excellent”, by the mart’s Kieran O’Dea. On Friday last, the mart held their first Breeding & Factory Bull sale of the year. Young Breeding Bulls sold for up to €2,100 (Angus), €1,950 (Angus), €1,900 (Hereford), €1,800 (Charolais), €1,750 (Limousin). Factory Bulls sold for up to €1,100 (Friesian). Read the report here.