The majority of mart managers reported slightly smaller sales this week, although up to 1,000 entries are still going under the hammer at some of the larger venues.
Well-conformed continental bullocks improved by €20-€60/head in some marts, with quality being the main driver of price.
Suckler entries garnered strong farmer interest again this week, although this is not a true reflection of the overall trade for these types; in excess of €2,000 is being recorded for top-quality in-calve heifers and suckler pairings.
Weanlings at the upper end of the market have continued to meet a firm trade; the €3/kg price barrier is being achieved and exceeded ever so slightly but only for superior types (mainly bulls), meanwhile, the plainer and lighter types are a tougher sell.
On another note, meat plants have slashed cow prices and this move, coupled with the delay in getting cattle killed are reflected in the ringside price table.
Balla Mart's cattle sale on Saturday (November 10th), attracted a smaller entry than previous weeks.
Suckler entries including in-calve breeding females and suckler pairings met with increased demand, with more farmer customers present.
"Sales are getting smaller and it was good for the time of year. Anything nice and especially the heavier 400-500kg Charolais types were dear but plainer types are failing." A spokesperson for Balla Mart said - see more here.
Another large entry went under the hammer at Dowra Mart’s cattle sale on Saturday (November 10th), with all cattle back in price from the previous week except for fancy weanlings, according to a spokesperson for the mart - see more here.
Just over 800 cattle passed through the ring of Ennis Mart on Tuesday (November 13th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Runner heifers peaked at €800 while runner bulls climbed to €890. A small entry of calves met a good trade with a Limousin bull powering ahead at €490.
“The quality of suckler stock on offer was poor overall and this was reflected in prices with a top call of €1,250 for a pair.” The spokesperson said.
“Trade holding very solid for the better quality bulls and also for the heifers. Trade for the average bull a bit easier.” The spokesperson concluded - see more here.
Trade was much stronger for quality continental bullocks between 450 - 570 kgs at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (November 15th), with strong demand for short-keep cattle, according to George Candler.
"The €2.30/kg barrier was breached on a good number of occasions which happened very rarely last Thursday. The fact that the sale attracted a yard of good quality animals was beneficial." George Candler said.
Good quality forward-store bullocks and heifers ranged from €2.35-€2.50/kg, while lighter bullocks and heifers found it difficult to attract customers with the Aberdeen Angus; Hereford; and Friesian types from the dairy herd difficult to sell.
British Friesian bullocks between 450-550kgs sold from €1.50 - €1.80/kg, while the cull cow trade was challenging, George noted.
Overall, the sale attracted 780 cattle - a much smaller entry than previous weeks - see more here.
Quality types met with strong demand at Saturday’s cattle sale at Sixmilebridge Mart, according to Sean Ryan - Manager.
He said that bullocks were a good trade, ranging in price from €1.72 - €2.90/kg, while heifers pushed from €1.80 - €2.64/kg.
“Light weanling bulls were in good demand and achieved some fancy prices.” Sean Ryan outlined - see more here.