Many marts staged their final sale of 2018 this week, with quality lots holding firm, while plainer types were more difficult to sell.
Managers reported more farmer activity this week, as many attempted to source stock before the end of the year.
George Candler - auctioneer at Kilkenny Mart reflected on 2018: "It has been a tough year for all involved in the beef industry with the lack of grass being a very much a negative factor plus the poor factory quotes over the last 6 months. Unfortunately, the uncertainty continues with no resolution to the Brexit situation."
Good numbers of stock presented for Castlerea Mart’s final sale of the year on Thursday (December 20th) with a good attendance of buyers present trying to source stock before the end of the year, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.
The Bullock and Heifer rings reported a steady trade with strong farmer activity this week, while the weanling rings reported strong demand this week, Brendan Egan added; he said that one of the strongest prices of the year - €4.90/kg - was recorded on Thursday.
“Breeding stock finished on a positive note also while dry cows reported prices similar to last week.” Brendan Egan added - see more here.
Some 250 cattle went under the hammer at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (December 18th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Trade held quite strong especially for quality lots, the spokesperson outlined. Runner heifers climbed to €645, while bulls topped out at €790.
A small entry of calves met a very good trade, the spokesperson said; they pushed up to €440, while suckler units sold to €1,650 and in-calve sucklers made up to €1,510 - find more here.
Bullocks ranged from €100 to €845 over the kg or €1.24 to €2.56 per KG, while heifers fetched from €410 to €785 over the kg or €1.83 to €2.53 per KG and cows sold from €450 to €1130.
Weanling Heifers made from €145 to €625 over the kg or €1.51 to €3.16/kg, while Weanling bulls sold from €205 to €650 over the kg or €1.56 to €2.76 per KG - find sample prices here.
Some 400 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (December 20th), according to George Candler - the mart's auctioneer.
"Trade showing a slight reduction especially for plainer cattle but cull cows were a sharper trade; quality cattle were in short supply." - see more here.
115 purchasers made their presence felt for some 600 entries that were offered for sale at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (December 17th).
A mart spokesperson said that “2018 went out on a strong note at Kilmallock Mart on Monday last.”
Bullocks sold for up to €1215/head or €2.36/kg and dry cows made up to €1000/head or €1.48/kg, while heifers hit €1050/head or €2.23/kg. Weanling bulls climbed to €950/head, while suckler pairings realised €1170/unit; up to €410 was forked out in the calf ring - see more here.
The final sale of 2018 was held in Kilrush Mart on Wednesday (December 19th), with a very solid trade for all stock on offer, according to a mart spokesperson.
A small entry of heifers went under the hammer but good numbers of bullocks and cull cows passed through the ring, the spokesperson outlined - see more here.