Many mart managers reported larger entries of cattle this week - despite last week's drop-off in numbers - with more customers around the ring and a sharper trade prevailing for quality types.
One manager reported that heifers improved by €20-€30/head; quality bullocks and heifers continued to meet a steady trade but cull cows are still under pressure. Despite extreme beef price cuts, certain top-quality cull cows are meeting a strong selling trade, with an improved trade reported this week.
The trade for plain lots and light entries is being described as "slow", with a limited number of purchasers present for these types and poor prices being recorded.
The quality of weanlings going under the hammer has been described as "variable", with buyers placing an emphasis on quality types.
Over 700 lots were offered for sale at Balla Mart on Saturday (December 1st) according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“It was a good sale for the time of year. Demand for anything nice was fairly intense with extra Midland buyers for those nice Charolais cattle.” The mart spokesperson said - read more here.
Larger numbers of stock were presented for sale at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (December 6th) with a sharper trade prevailing especially for the quality lots on offer, Brendan Egan said.
Good numbers of heifers presented this week and they met a lively trade with prices improved by €20-€30/head, according to the mart manager.
In the weanling rings, demand was strong with quality the key factor in the trade, with a top-quality heifer weanling exceeding €4/kg.
“The dry cow trade has taken a hit in prices in recent weeks especially for the lower weight cows with demand strongest for the forward lots.”
“The runner trade witnessed increased demand this week with a good clearance reported. Brendan Egan concluded - see sample prices here.
Cattle numbers remained big, with trade slightly better at Dowra Mart on Saturday (December 1st), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
The spokesperson outlined that quality lots of bull weanlings and bullocks met with an improved trade - see more here.
Numbers continued to drop off at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (December 4th) with just over 500 offered for sale, according to a mart spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that overall, trade on Tuesday was very similar to last week but quality is getting variable across the board. Despite the small sale size on Tuesday, some 700 lots passed through the ring at Thursday's sale - see more.
Some 700 entries went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart’s cattle sale on Monday (December 3rd), according to a spokesperson.
Bullocks sold for up €1245/head or €2.27/kg and dry cows made up to €1310/head or €1.66/kg while heifers fetched up to €1100/head or €2.12/kg. Dairy stock realised €900/head - prices that were paid for March calvers.
“Trade for bullocks and heifers was strong, while dry cows continued to be a variable trade, very much dependant on flesh cover. Calves were very dear.” - samples prices can be found here.