Talking Trade: Improved trade for quality forward stores


Improved grass growth rates with more farmer customers. Quality was the main driver of price, as plainer lots were difficult to sell.

Talking Trade: Improved trade for quality forward stores

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Improved grass growth rates with more farmer customers. Quality was the main driver of price, as plainer lots were difficult to sell.

Improved grass growth generated more buyer activity at cattle marts throughout the country this week.

Quality was the main driver of price, with increased demand reported for quality forward stores, in particular.

Plainer, lighter entries across all categories were once again more difficult to sell at all venues.

Managers noted that additional farmer purchasers flocked to the ringside to acquire suitable lots.

As weanling numbers increased, well-presented and well-conformed lots achieved top calls, however; the plainer types met a tougher trade.

Ballinrobe Mart

Cattle and sheep numbers are increasing each week at Ballinrobe as the Autumn period emerges, according to Tom McGuire.

Heifers hit €2.58/kg; bullocks sold to €2.60/kg and cull cows made up to €2.10/kg. Find sample prices here.

Castlerea Mart

Increased grass growth and renewed farmer activity, resulted in an improved trade at Castlerea Mart, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.

Quality forward store cattle met with increased demand as some 550 cattle went under the hammer at Thursday’s sale.

Good clearances were reported in the bullock; heifer; cull cows and breeding stock rings.

The manager noted that weanling numbers are starting to increase with good demand on offer equally for the quality lots. Read more here.

Ennis Mart

The number of weanlings and runners presented for sale increased at Ennis Mart on Tuesday.

Trade for weanlings very similar to last week and improved prices were paid for top-quality lots, according to a spokesperson. Suckler cows and calves peaked at €1,480 but quality was variable.

The spokesperson noted an increased number of runners - heifer runners climbed to €500, while bull runners pushed up to €880. See here.

Kanturk Mart

Some 360 entries including 30 calves went under the hammer at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday, according to Seamus O’Keeffe - Manager.

The mart reported good demand for dry cows; factory bulls and butcher heifers - these exceeded €2/kg.

He noted that it was difficult to locate new homes for smaller cattle. Access more information here.

Kilmallock Mart

800 entries went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart on Monday, August, 13th.

Exporters and feeders from Offaly; Tipperary; Donegal; Limerick and Wexford travelled to the venue for the mart’s first weanling show and sale of the season, according to a spokesperson.

Bull weanlings climbed to €1,340/head or €3.27/kg, while heifers realised €2.55/kg.

The spokesperson noted that lighter weanlings, in particular, met with a strong trade.

Moving to the other rings, bullocks made up to €1,250 or €2.60.kg; dry cows topped out at €1,450 or €1.80/kg and heifers hit €1,200 or €2.29/kg.

In the suckler ring, a top call of €1,100 was recorded, while calves peaked at €480. See here.

Sixmilebridge Mart

Quality cattle met with an improved trade at Sixmilebridge’s sale on Saturday, according to the mart’s manager, Sean Ryan.

The manager highlighted that improved grass growth generated increased buyer activity.

“There was more demand for cattle with a good share of farmers around the ring, with good demand for quality store bullocks and heifers.” Sean Ryan outlined. Find more here.

Raphoe Mart

Quality cattle and forward stores met a “great trade” at Raphoe Mart, according to Ann Harkin - Manager.

The manager noted that prices for lighter and plainer types improved; however, these entries remained difficult to sell. Find more here.

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