There was a “fast selling trade” at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, December 12th, according to George Candler.
The mart’s auctioneer reported that purchasers were “anxious to replenish numbers” now that some confidence has returned to the sector.
“Over-age and out-of-spec cattle are still difficult to sell but more customers for these types compared to a few weeks ago.”
He outlined that quality continental bullocks and heifers still the most sought after.
“Friesian bullocks are receiving more attention with prices for the quality lots ranging from €1.58-€1.70/kg with quality lighter types breaching the €2.00/kg mark.” Candler added.
The auctioneer said that cull cows met with a sold trade, which resulted in a full clearance.
- 600kgs - €1.70-€2.12/kg or €980-€1,280/head;
- 500-600kgs - €1.60-€2.40/kg or €760-€1,310/head;
- 400-500kgs - €1.50-€2.45/kg or €780-€1,200/head;
- <400kgs - €1.60-€2.65/kg or €450-€980/head.
- First-grade cull cows - €1.20-€1.40/kg;
- Second-grade cull cows - €0.63-€1.15/kg.
- Beef-types - €1.70-€2.20/kg or €980-€1,370/head;
- Forward stores - €1.75-€2.25/kg or €780-€1,090/head;
- Light stores - €1.70-€2.35/kg or €520-€820 over.
- In-calf commercial sucklers - €1,000-€1,930/head;
- In-calf pedigree Charolais cows - €1,300-€2,000/head.