Typical seasonal summer sales are in full swing, with a smaller offering of cattle at marts right across the country.
Once again, drought conditions in some regions; weather and a lack/slowed grass growth took their toll on the trade, with factory quote cuts also playing their role.
Forward-type cattle were in demand, with a limited number of these types offered for sale - quality remained the main driver of price.
Plainer and lighter cattle and poorer-type stores across all categories found it difficult to find new homes - there is a notable variation in the quality of stock standing in mart yards at present.
Several farmers have put their stock through the ring, due to the sluggish trade that continues to prevail.
Overall, there was a “steady” trade for cattle at Ennis Mart on Tuesday, July, 24th, according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Quality entries across all categories were a “very good trade”, while average and plainer types were more difficult to sell.
A larger number of bull weanlings went under the hammer; international exporters and specialised feeders dominated. Suckler pairings ranged from €1,000 to €1,940. Find sample prices here.
Headford Mart’s Autumn-born weanling show and sale on Saturday witnessed a turnout of quality entries - there was a strong demand for these types.
Bullocks ranged from €135 to €730 over the kg or €1.42 to €2.61 per KG, while heifers clicked from €215 to €745 over the kg or €1.78 to €2.71 per KG.
Weanling heifers pushed from €285 to €650 over the kg or €1.83 to €2.81/kg and Weanling bulls made from €365 to €900 over the kg or €1.86 to €2.89/kg.
Cull cows fetched from €1030 to €1300, while sucklers cows sold from €1060 up to a top call of €1,200. Read more here.
A small offering of stock, with 300 cattle including 100 calves available for sale at Tuesday’s sale.
“As I said last week, prices [are] on the floor. The FR bullock is the hardest to sell. Please God, we will get rain this week.” Seamus O’Keeffe, Manager of Kanturk Mart said. See more here.
117 purchasers including 6 exporters competed for 675 entries at Kilmallock Mart on Monday, July, 23rd.
The trade “continues to be sluggish due to the shortage of grass”, according to a spokesperson for Kilmallock Mart.
Bullocks sold for up to €1,050 (€2.04/kg) and weanling bulls made up to €950 each or €2.08/kg, while dry cows topped out at €970 or €1.65/kg.
Heifers peaked at €1,000 ( €2.14/kg); dry stock hit €1,110/head and suckler outfits realised €1,450. A top call of €500 was recorded in the calf ring. Sample prices can be found here.
A smaller sale on Saturday, July 21st with the strong trade for forward-type lots, according to the mart’s Adam Coughlan.
Good Continental dry cows met a very lively trade with factory agents anxious for quality type lots. Friesian Cows with flesh made up to €300 over the kg, while store cows were an easier trade due to poor grass growth.
There was a good entry of heifers; forward-type heifers sold well, while it is expected that the trade for lighter type heifers will improve due to a promising weather forecast, with a view that this will encourage grass growth, Adam noted.
Bullock numbers were small but they met a brisk trade with farmers anxious for quality lots.
Weanling bulls were a good trade with exporters active for quality lots in the 250-500kg weight bracket. Find more here.