Cattle marts across the country attracted large entries of stock again this week, with several venues offering in excess of 1,000 entries for sale.
Managers reported that demand was strongest for short-keep cattle, while plainer and lighter types were more difficult to sell; however, more customers were present at most venues.
More farmers are continuing to make their presence felt at the ringside, but the absence in exporter activity is taking its toll on the weanling trade.
There is more bite to the suckler trade, with special in-calf breeding female sales garnering interest and top calls, with €uro-stars rating having a major influence on prices.
Balla Mart staged one of its biggest sales so far this year on Saturday (October 20th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
The sale included two special entries with forty cattle presented for sale by two farmers.
The spokesperson noted that there was a good trade for well-conformed coloured types, while plainer types were more difficult to sell - see more here.
Similar numbers of stock presented for sale at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (October 25th), with both prices and trade similar to last week, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.
In the weanling rings, heifers calves were a stronger trade this week, with better quality lots on offer.
The top-quality bull calves remained a very strong trade while the lesser-quality plainer-type lots were harder sold, Mr. Egan added.
Breeding stock; heifers and the cull cows reported good clearances - see the full report here.
Over 680 cattle went under the hammer at Headford Mart on Saturday (October 20th), with a strong trade for all cattle, according to Joe Wynne - Manager.
Bullocks ranged from €205 to €895 over the kg or €1.08 to €2.85 per KG and heifers sold from €145 to €830 over the kg or €1.41 to €2.92 per KG. Top price over the weight kg, while Cull cows made from €580 to €1520.
Weanling heifers clicked from €120 to €750 over the kg or €1.20 to €3.14/kg and weanling bulls recorded prices from €148 to €690 over the kg or €1.45 to €3.33 per KG - click here for more.
Some 1,350 cattle went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (October 25th), according to George Candler.
The mart's auctioneer said that demand remained strongest for suckler-bred bullocks and heifers, with these types ranging from €2.20-€2.80/kg.
He said that trade was slightly easier for plainer entries, noting that dairy influenced animals were more difficult to sell, with short-keep cattle the most sought after - see sample prices here.
1,000 cattle passed through the ring at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (October 22nd), according to a spokesperson the mart.
The good quality grazing conditions and the recent increase in factory prices are having a very positive impact at ringside, the spokesperson outlined.
Bullocks sold for up to €1,365/head or €2.35/kg; dry cows clicked up to €1,165/head or €1.65/kg and heifers hit €1,005/head or €2.11/kg.
Dairy stock pushed up to €1,180/unit, while a top call of €420 was recorded in the calf ring - see more here.
Trade remained strong for quality in-spec cattle at Raphoe Mart on Thursday (October 25th), according to Ann Harkin - Manager.
The manager said that plainer lots and non-in-spec entries were difficult to sell as another large entry went under the hammer - find more here.
There was good demand for quality cattle at Sixmilebridge on Saturday (October 20th), as a large number of farmer customers made their presence felt at the ringside, according to Sean Ryan - Manager.Mr. Ryan added that quality weanling bulls met with a strong trade, with some fancy prices paid - see more here.