Numbers continued to increase at cattle marts again this week, with a much more positive atmosphere, than what has been witnessed in recent weeks.
Grass buyers are making their presence felt at the ringside, with strong demand for store cattle, despite Brexit uncertainty and current factory quotes.
Good-quality Continentals stores improved by €30-€60/head, with farmers and feedlot active; Northern purchasers are also attending some venues across the country.
More calves are coming on stream, with Jersey-cross calves selling from €5, while better-quality-type Friesians calves are making up to €120, in most cases.
There was an improved trade reported for better quality weanlings, with grass growth instilling confidence in farmer customers.
Overall, there is good demand for quality types, while a limited number of customers are sourcing poorer-quality, lighter-types.
600 cattle were on offer at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (February 14th), with a good spring-like trade prevailing for store bullocks, heifers and weanlings, according to Brendan Egan – Manager.
The manager of the Roscommon-based venue noted a good attendance of customers present sourcing stock for further feeding.
“The cow trade remains firm while the calf ring witnessed increased numbers this week with a variance in price between the better-quality types and the plainer lots.” The manager added – see more here.
A big increase in numbers at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (February 12th), with almost 800 lots on offer, according to a mart spokesperson.
Trade for the quality weanlings held very well for both bulls and heifers, while mixed quality-types were slightly easier, the spokesperson added.
Friesian bull calves sold from a base of €30 to €90, while stronger-types climbed to €120. Up to €440 was recorded for Continental bull calves, while Hereford and Aberdeen-Angus calves reached €260.
Moving to the other rings, heifer runners realised €715 and bull runners topped out at €860.
Dairy stock ranged from €800 to €1,400, springers fetched up to €1,800, while €1,810 was forked out for a suckler pairing – see more here.
There was great demand for forward-store bullocks and heifers at Kanturk Mart's general cattle sale on Thursday (February 12th), according to Seamus O'Keeffe - Manager.
Some 680 cattle including 150 calves were offered for sale, with an improved trade reported for all categories - See more here.
Some 600 entries went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (February 14th), according to George Candler – Auctioneer.
Bullocks remained a “good solid trade”, with quality continentals in demand, while some heifers increased by €50-€70/head, with more customers operating, the auctioneer commented.
“In the heifer ring some AA-types that would struggle to make €1.70-€1.80/kg last week, were making €1.80-€2.00/kg and, in cases, in excess of €2/kg which has not been achieved in some time.”
“Numbers remaining small in marts so, perhaps, farmers should ease up on animals they are offering the factories and give the ring a chance. The auctioneer concluded – see sample prices here.
Some 1,000 entries including 300 calves were on offer at Kilmallock on Monday last, according to a mart spokesperson.
Bullocks sold for up to €1255 each or €2.17 per kg, while Weanling bulls hit €1150/head or €2.56 per kg and Dry Cows (200 on offer) clicked up to €915/head or €1.72 per kg.
Moving to the other rings, heifers fetched up to €1080/head or €2.47 per kg, Weanling Heifers made from €755/head or €2.32 per kg and dairy stock realised €1470/head.