The majority of livestock marts staged their first sales of 2019 this week, with venues attracting small entries of cattle, in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
Managers reported that there was little to no change in trade, although, in some cases, quality stores met with improved demand, with early grass growth bringing some more farmer customers to the ringside.
Eric Driver said that Tullow Mart opened to a trade of uncertainty around the ring with prices struggling to remain at pre-Christmas levels; Brexit, difficulty getting cattle slaughtered and low factory quotes are some of the concerns of purchasers.
Some 240 cattle were on offer at Castlerea Mart’s first sale of 2019 which was held on Thursday (January 10th).
Younger stock, in particular, noticed the most improvement in price with strong demand for quality lighter stores, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.
He said that bullocks and heifers reported good clearances also while in the weanling rings, even though the numbers presented were small, demand improved also.
“Our first calves of the season met a very strong trade while the dry cow trade reported a similar trade to pre-Christmas.” The manager concluded - see more here.
Ennis Mart’s first sale of 2019 kicked off on Tuesday (January 8th), with trade for cattle similar to the last days of 2018, a mart spokesperson outlined.
The spokesperson said that there was a strong trade for quality bull weanlings, while the trade for heifers was described as “fair”.
A small entry of calves met a strong trade with Friesian bulls making €85 to €95 and Angus calves pushing up to €280; Continental-types topped out at €425. With a limited number of dairy in-calf heifers on offers, these peaked at €1,025 - see more here.
The first sale of 2019 at Kilmallock Mart - which was held on Monday (January 7th) - saw 300 lots on offer, according to a mart spokesperson.
Bullocks sold for up to €910 each or €2.08/kg and dry cows pushed up to €1240 each or €1.71/kg, while heifers made up to €955 each or €2.14/kg.
Weanling bulls climbed to €670 each or €2.10/kg, while weanling heifers realised €590 each or €2.46/kg.
Moving to the other rings, young calves fetched up to €380/head and runners peaked at €490, while the only suckler cow that was on offer was knocked down at €1,200 - see sample prices here.
The first cattle sale of 2019 held at Tullow Mart on Friday (January 4th) opened to a trade of uncertainty around the ring with prices struggling to remain at pre-Christmas levels, according to Eric Driver - Manager.
The FR type-cows sold anything from €120 under the kg up to a tops of €350 with the kg with good continental heavy and well-fleshed cows still remaining at the top of the price table.
Moving to the bullocks, prices for Continentals ranged from €2 up to €2.20/kg, while trade was similar for heifers, with some Hereford and Angus types meeting with reduced demand - see more here.