Trade improved at most venues across the country last week, despite recent inclement weather conditions, Brexit uncertainty and poor factory quotes.
Quality lots remain in demand, with well-conformed Continental stores remaining at the top of the price table.
More farmer customers and exporters are making their presence felt at the ringside, particularly in the weanling bull rings.
Managers highlighted that there is very poor demand for plain, light-weight FR calves. Managers have stressed that calves need to have strength and age to secure a new home.
Over 2,000 cattle were offered for sale at Carnaross Mart this week over the course of its two sale days - Monday and Tuesday, according to a mart spokesperson.
More farmer activity led to an improved trade for in-spec cattle, the spokesperson added.
“Both weanling bulls and heifers saw a very lively trade, with farmers paying up to €3.10/kg for top weanlings. Live exporters also were very active” – find more here.
Another very big sale of cattle at Dowra Mart on Saturday (March 16th) met a strong trade for good quality store heifers and weanling heifers, according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“Bull weanlings proved harder sold except for a few very fancy lots.”
“Bullocks were a good trade with a lot of farmers to buy forward store bullocks” – find more here.
Some 1,100 entries including 280 calves went under the hammer at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (March 19th), according to a spokesperson.
Suckler cow numbers are remaining small, with pairs selling from €1,280-€1,980 and in-calve entries pushing up to €1,340; dairy stock peaked at €1,590.
“Friesian bull calves for export made from €40 to €70 with very poor demand for small, light weak calves; better quality Friesians sold from €70 to €120.”
Herefords fetched from €200 to €300, while Angus-types varied from €100 to €200 and Continentals realised €460.
“A great trade for good quality heifers especially lots over 350kgs. Bulls were a similar trade to last week.” The spokesperson added – see more here.
Some 1,320 animals including 690 calves were offered for sale at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday (March 19th), according to Seamus O’Keeffe.
“A good demand for all types of cattle. Prices were up on last week with plenty of customers looking for store cattle.” He added.
Friesian bull calves for export sold from €40-€70, while strong FR bulls topped out at €150 – sample prices can be found here.
Over 300 lots including 100 calves were offered for sale at Kilrush Mart on Wednesday (March 20th), according to a mart spokesperson.
“A fine trade for calves if they had a bit of strength with the tops of the Friesian bulls hitting €200. Poor light calves were almost impossible to sell.”
Continentals pushed up to €340, while Hereford bull calves peaked at €290 and Hereford heifer calves followed at €215.