Sale sizes continued to increase once again this week, with up to 1,000 cattle passing through the ring at larger venues; larger numbers are coming onto the market a lot earlier than previous years.
As numbers have increased, the price gap between top-quality and poorer-types has continued to widen, with demand remaining strong for top-quality entries.
Feedlot purchasers and farmers are making their presence felt at the ringside, with exporters keeping a floor on the calf prices.
Managers noted that lots at the upper end of the market are on par with last year’s levels, despite Brexit uncertainty, poor factory quotes and inclement weather conditions.
FR calves are selling for €5 upwards, with the majority falling between the €50-€60 bracket and well-fed calving topping out at €100.
Balla Mart was “nearly pushed to capacity” on Saturday (March 2nd), according to a mart spokesperson.
Over 1,200 were cattle offered for sale, making this one of the biggest sales ever held at the West of Ireland-based venue, the spokesperson added.
“There was a serious trade and a good clearance of cattle in the yard.”
“There were buyers from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland and they commented numbers of straight cattle and the prices cattle are making considering other factors.” The spokesperson added – find more here.
Quality lots met a “very strong trade” at Dowra Mart on Saturday (March 2nd) as a large entry went under the hammer, according to a spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that plainer-types and out-of-of-spec cattle proved harder sold – access sample prices here.
Numbers held “very strong” at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (March 5th) with almost 1,000 lots offered for sale, which included 250 calves, according to a spokesperson.
Trade for calves was “better than expected” with the majority of Friesian bulls selling between €40 and €70 and the stronger types selling to €120.
Hereford calves ranged €150 to €250, while Aberdeen Angus-types varied from €100 to €200 and Continentals peaked at €390; dairy stock made €850 -€1,340.
Pairs in the suckler ring fetched from €1,050 to €1,710 with a top call of €2,300 recorded for a top-quality pairing; in-calve entries realised €1,750.
“Again, quality in the bull and heifer rings was well appreciated with prices achieved.” The spokesperson added - find more here.
Some 1,120 cattle including 605 calves went under the hammer at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday (March 5th), according to Seamus O’Keeffe.
“A good sale all-round but bad FR calves are hard to sell.” The manager said following the general cattle sale – see more here.