Trade for quality cattle remained firm around rings across the country this week, with forward bullocks and heifers being highly sought after.
As is the trend over the past number of months, lighter and plainer types and out-of-spec entries are remaining at the bottom of the price table, with a limited number of customers displaying interest in these entries.
Several managers reported increased farmer activity at marts this week; this led to a slight increase in some prices. In terms of sale sizes, cattle numbers continued to drop off as the festive season approaches.
Some 750 cattle were offered for sale on Saturday (December 8th), at Balla Mart according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“It was a fine sale for the time of year, with great demand for anything nice.” The spokesperson outlined.
Bullocks hit €1,490; heifers reached €1,525; cull cows topped out at €1,735 and springers peaked at €1,615 - sample prices can be accessed here.
There was a firmer trade for all classes with more farmer customers and improved demand from farmers at Carnew Mart’s cattle sale on Saturday (December 8th), according to David Quinn - Manager.
Some 820 lots went under the hammer - an entry that included 100 calves, with sample prices available here.
Some 450 cattle were offered for sale at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (December 11th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“Trade holding very good and even a slight increase in some prices, again quality lots a very fine trade.” The spokesperson outlined.
Again, a small entry of suckler stock with pairs topping out at €1,990. Moving to other rings, Runner heifers sold for up to €685 and runner bulls pushed up to €810 - read more here.
The second last sale of the year at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (December 13rd) attracted 680 cattle with trade remaining steady, according to George Candler - the mart's auctioneer.
More customers made their presence felt for bullocks in the 370-kilo to 430-kilo bracket; overall, trade remained steady as 680 cattle passed through the ring.in the 370-kilo to 430-kilo bracket, with some quality Aberdeen Angus and Hereford-types in this sector breaching €2/kg on a number of occasions, George said.
Cull cows peaked at €1.90/kg for continentals, while forward store heifers topped out at €2.55/kg and forward stock bullocks fetched up to €2.60/kg; both beef bullocks and heifers were in short supply, the auctioneer said - sample prices can be found here.
760 entries were offered for sale at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (December 10th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Bullocks sold for up to €1480/head or €2.27/kg and dry cows (130 on offer) pushed up to €1190/head or €1.64/kg, while heifers sold for up to €1100/head or €2.28/kg.
Moving to the other rings, weanling bulls peaked at €880/head or €2.69/kg and weanling heifers realised €665/head or €2.17/kg.
Dairy stock (18 on offer) fetched up to €1050, while young calves topped out at €350/head and runners made up to €420; suckler cows climbed to €1100/unit - see more here.