Cattle numbers remained small at most marts across the country this week, with adverse weather conditions resulting in the cancellation of many entries.
Special Fatstock Show and Sales saw in excess of €1,200 over the kg forked out for heavy, factory-fit bullocks, with a vibrant trade for these types.
Overall, trade in many cases, was similar to previous weeks, with poor demand for plainer, light-weight and over-age types while quality lots are remaining steady.
More dairy stock and suck calves are coming on steam throughout the country, with FR calves selling from €40 upwards, while freshly calved FRs cow-heifers are making up to €1,700.
There is very little enthusiasm being displayed by purchasers and sellers at the ringside due to Brexit uncertainty and poor factory quotes.
The 38th Annual Fatstock Show and Sale at Carnew Mart on Saturday (January 26th) saw a very large entry with some 1118 Cattle and 70 Calves going under the hammer, according to its manager.
“A very lively trade around the ring with a large crowd, buyers including local agents, Northern Buyers, farmers and exporters.” David Quinn – Manager said following the sale.
Over 400 weanlings on offer saw a strong export demand for E & U grades, the manager added – see more here.
Three rings were in operation at Aurivo Balla Mart on Saturday (January 26th) to accommodate for the West of Ireland-based venue’s first end-of-month Continental sale of 2019.
A mart spokesperson said that there was strong export demand for 18 and 19-month-old Aberdeen-Angus bullocks.
Dry cows sold to €1,775, springers topped out at €1,700 and heifers sold to €1,520, with sample prices available here
Bullocks ranged from €138 to €825 over the kg or €1.43 to €2.57 per KG and Heifers pushed from €160 to €745 over the kg or €1.67 to €2.55 per KG, while cull cows sold from €710 to €1180 and suckler pairings pushed up to €1070.
Weanling Heifers fetched from €315 to €560 over the kg or €1.93 to €3.07/kg, while Weanling Bulls made from €160 to €635 over the kg or €1.54 to €3.33 per KG – see more here.
Some 400 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s cattle sale on Thursday (January 31st) – a small entry in comparison to previous weeks.
Trade was similar to last week, according to George Candler – the mart’s auctioneer; forward-store bullocks peaked at €2.48/kg, with up to €2.40/kg forked out for quality lots in the heifer ring, while a top call of €1.95/kg was recorded for a cull cow.
“With no solution regarding Brexit plus the fact that quotes from the factories remain stagnant, there is very little enthusiasm been shown by buyers or sellers.” The auctioneer said – see more here.
Some 600 lots went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (January 28th), according to a mart spokesperson who reported an improved trade.
Bullocks sold for up to €1315 each or €2.07 per kg, dry cows hit €930 a head or €1.35 per kg and heifers made up to €1060 a head or €2.14 per kg. Weanling bulls fetched up to €930 each or €2.65 per kg while weanling heifers realised €765 each or €2.42 per kg.
Dairy stock were a “flying trade” with up to €1700 paid out in this ring, the spokesperson added.
Calf numbers remained small but were a good trade, with January-born calves topping at €380 – see more here.
The Annual Fat Stock Show and Sale of bullocks was held at Tullow Mart on Friday (January 25th), with a “very positive trade” reported by Eric Driver.