Trade remained firm for quality lots at venues across the country once again this week, despite inclement weather conditions and Brexit uncertainty.
Overall, prices were similar to the previous week, with larger entries recorded at most sales.
Some managers reported strong export demand for bull weanlings, while on the calf front, trade is “difficult” for plain Friesian-cross and Jersey-cross calves.
The better types are selling from €70, with up to €150 recorded this week for strong types.
Speaking following Thursday’s cattle sale at Kilkenny Mart, George Candler said: “A number of agents have suggested that many of their customers are waiting to see developments regarding Brexit.”
Some 1,372 cattle and 597 calves went offered for sale at Carnew Mart on Saturday (March 9th), according to David Quinn – Manager.
The manager reported an excellent trade for all classes of stock; this led to an entire clearance.
“Strong export demand for all types of weanling bulls. Calf trade was good for continentals, but difficult for small Friesians and cross-bred calves.” The manager added – see more here.
A slightly smaller sale of cattle than last week but prices were unchanged at Dowra Mart on Saturday (March 9th), according to a mart spokesperson.
“The quality lots still very much in demand and more farmers to buy some of the heavier lots.” The spokesperson added – see more here
A large entry was presented for sale on Tuesday (March 12th), despite adverse weather conditions, with trade holding quite firm especially for the quality lots, according to a mart spokesperson.
A number of extra customers made their presence felt at the ringside in the bull and heifer ring, with more export activity, they added.
“The heavier bull was not as lively as the lighter, store-type, while calves met a very solid trade with some nice quality stock available and mostly 3-weeks-old.”
Friesian bulls ranged from €15 to €155 with the better-quality well-fed calves fetching from €80 to €155; the shipper-type calf varied from €40 to €75.
Continental calves climbed to €415, while Hereford-types ranged from €180-€200 and Angus entries went under the hammer from €180-€300.
Suckler pairs made to €2,180, while in-calve entries peaked at €1,450 and dairy stock pushed up to €1,400 – see more here.
Some 1,620 entries including 740 calves were offered for sale at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday (March 12th), according to Seamus O’Keeffe – Manager.
“Plenty of customers for all cattle, but as mentioned last week, the poor FR bull is like the song ‘Nobody’s Child’.” The manager added.
He said that store bullocks and heifers – Aberdeen Angus and Hereford-types – were making up to €2.20/kg – find more here.
Some 900 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (March 14th), according to George Candler – Manager.
“A solid rather than spectacular trade with many potential purchasers unsure of their future prospects.” He said following the said.
“The broken weather of the past two weeks is also curtailing some potential buyers from operating.”
He said that despite the aforementioned, quality cattle met a solid selling trade, with continentals attracting the most interest; cull cows saw prices stabilise and, in, cases increase – find more here.