The majority of livestock marts throughout the country attracted larger entries of cattle than the previous week, although numbers are still remaining small, in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
Many managers reported an improved trade for quality types, while plainer types are meeting a sluggish trade.
Some managers highlighted that the price gap between the poorer and better quality-types is widening, as more cattle are coming on stream. Light store cattle, in particular, witnessed an increase in price, with more purchasers flocking to the ringside due to grass growth.
Purchasers are cautious due to Brexit uncertainty and poor factory quotes, although this early grass growth is bringing some positivity to the ringside.
Some 632 entries passed through the ring at Carnew Mart on Saturday (January 12th), according to David Quinn - Manager.
The presence of additional farmer customers resulted in an improved trade for all types of cattle, while exporters were active for quality heifers and bull weanlings, the manager outlined.
A large entry of beef cattle met a firm trade with a full clearance reported by the manager – see more here.
Castlerea Mart’s general cattle sale on Thursday (January 17th), attracted a larger entry than the previous week, according to Brendan Egan – Manager.
“Despite all the uncertainty about Brexit, prices and trade held firm and, in some cases, well improved, with more customers trying to source stock.” The manager said.
He noted that quality still remains a big factor in the prices, with some top prices recorded for the top quality lots offered for sale – see sample prices here.
Seamus O’ Keeffe reported a larger entry at Kanturk Mart’s cattle sale, with some 290 lots presented for sale on Tuesday (January 15th).
He noted that more customers made their presence felt at the ringside at this week’s general cattle sale.
Heifers made up to €2/kg for the choice lots, while dry cows fetched from €100 under the kg to €300 over – see more here.
Monday (January 14th) saw some 410 stock on offer at Kilmallock Mart, according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Prices were improved, the spokesperson noted as bullocks sold for up to €1160/head or €2.35/kg, dry cows made up to €950/head or €1.58/kg and heifers climbed to €1000/head or €2.33/kg.
Moving to the other rings, Weanling Bulls fetched up to €755/head or €2.67/kg and Weanling Heifers hit €890/head or €2.58/kg, while a one-month-old calf reached €400. Freshly calved cows realised €1310/head, while suckler pairings topped out at €1700/unit – read more here.
A bigger entry of cattle at Raphoe Mart on Thursday (January 17th) saw an improved trade for all types on offer, according to Ann Harkin – Manager.
She reported an excellent attendance of buyers with demand remaining strongest for quality cattle, while demand improved for Aberdeen-Angus and Hereford entries – find more here.