Cattle numbers fell further at the majority of marts throughout the country this week - with seasonal declines combined with the lack of grass growth; drop in beef factory quotes and the weather having a major impact on the trade.
Farmers continued to prioritise field activity; however, exporters and feedlot buyers made their presence felt at the ringside.
A steady trade was reported for quality cattle, while plainer and lighter lots including stores were slightly easier in most marts. Cull cows continued to hold a firm trade, as lots at the upper end of the market hit and exceeded the €2/kg price barrier.
Once again this week, it appeared that a limited number of heavy and factory-fit cattle passed through the ring, despite the recent decline in beef factory quotes.
Numbers rose slightly at Balla Mart on Saturday, with a steady trade for lots at the upper end of the market.
Plainer lots across all categories remained the most difficult to sell, especially traditional cross-breds and entries with strong dairy influence.
A top call of €1,035 over was recorded for a cull cow, while bullocks peaked at €880 and heifers realised €915 over. Find more here.
A typical mid-summer sale was held at Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart on Wednesday, with cattle numbers back and sheep numbers increasing, Tom McGuire noted. Heifers sold to €2.93/kg; bullocks hit €2.86/kg; cull cows climbed to €2.06/kg and suckler pairings peaked at €1,460. See more here.
With a smaller offering of stock, good weather and poor grass growth took its toll on the trade for all categories at Ennis Mart.
A spokesperson for the mart noted that quality of cattle was varied on Tuesday.
Feeders and exporters actively sought weanlings, with a strong trade for better quality types, while plainer lots were more difficult to sell. Heifers met with a slightly tougher trade, but again quality was very variable.
In-calf suckler cows and heifers went under the hammer for an average price of €1,150, while suckler cow and cow pairings fetched from €1,000 up to €1,540. You can find more here.
Seamus O’Keeffe, Mart Manager reported a big sale at Kanturk Mart with 610 cattle including 200 calves.
“Some farmers delighted with the beautiful weather while others are looking for rain”. Seamus O’Keeffe noted.
A clearance of 65 top dairy cows averaged €1,225 and a top call of €1,800 was recorded for a high-end cow. Calves hit €475; FR cull cows realised €1,220; heifers peaked at €1,200 and bullocks sold to €1,120. Find sample prices here.
George Candler reported a smaller sale of cattle (400 in comparison to 1,000 last week) and customers were in short supply due to grass scarcity.
He noted that the smaller entry numbers have helped to steady the trade, especially for quality lots.
George said that potential sellers were reluctant to bring out cattle due to the reduction in price last week. Read more here.