Trade is remaining strong for quality lots at many venues across this country.
Managers have reported strong farmer custom, while some exporters are sourcing suitable lots to fill contracts, as reported by us here.
Large numbers are going under the hammer, with in excess of 1,000 entries passing through the larger venues.
Managers reported an improved trade for calves with prices up €10-€40/head, in most cases.
Ballinrobe Mart’s Continental bullock sale attracted good quality entries on Wednesday (April 10th), according to Tom McGuire - Manager.
“With favourable weather conditions and lots of customers around, there was a fine trade.” McGuire outlined – see more
A slightly smaller sale of cattle than previous weeks met a “very sharp trade” at Dowra Mart on Saturday (April 6th), according to a mart spokesperson.
They said that more farmer customers made their presence felt at the ringside.
“Bull weanlings, in particular, met a very strong trade while all bullocks and heifers improved.”
“Heavy dry cows remained a sluggish trade but store cows were a sharper trade.” The spokesperson added – find more.
Over 1,200 lots including some 300 calves were offered for sale at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (April 9th), according to a mart spokesperson.
The spokesperson noted that trade was very strong for the top-quality lots in both bull and heifer weanlings; however, quite a number of average quality lots were presented for sale especially in the bull ring.
Friesian bulls sold from €40 to €200, while Hereford and Angus-types ranged from €150 to €290 and Continentals climbed to €550.
Dairy stock pushed up to €1,550, while suckler pairs reached €1,920 and in-calve entries made to €1,700 – see more.
1,250 entries including 580 calves were presented for sale at Kanturk on Tuesday (April 9th), according to Seamus O’Keeffe - Manager.
“It was one of our best sales of the year price-wise with top-quality heifers reaching €2.30/kg and great demand for all types of cattle.” – sample prices.
Some 1,200 lots passed through the ring at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (April 11th), according to George Candler.
He noted that the bullock trade remained steady with the exception of plain-types.
“Top-quality heifers sold well, while the lesser-types were more difficult to get away.”
“The lack of grass due to night frost is curtailing some potential buyers.”
“If the weather becomes milder and grass growth improves, it should steady the trade for all types.” – full report.