Numbers declined at most cattle marts throughout the country again this week, although big sales are still being held, with up to 1,000 entries going under the hammer at larger venues.
The majority of marts played host to their final special weanling sales of the year this week, with some venues confirming that one, if not two more, special sale dates remain.
On the trading front, quality types across all categories continue to be the most sought after, while plainer and lighter types remained the most difficult to clear.
Up to €1.70/kg is being recorded for continental cull cows at the upper end of the market, as pressure increases at the ringside with cuts in factory quotes and delays in getting culls taking its toll at the ringside, while bullocks and heifers are holding firm, with a slight improvement in prices reported by some managers.
In terms of suckler stock, despite the lack of confidence in the sector, superior in-calve heifers are topping the trade, with €uro-star ratings and proven easy-calving sires having a major influence; up to €2,800 was recorded this week at Balla Mart for a first-calver due in December to Dimoiwii.
Some 900 lots were on offered for sale at Aurivo Balla Mart on Saturday (November 17th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
The spokesperson said that bullocks met an improved trade, with strong demand for heavier Continental types in the 400-500kg weight bracket.
Good quality suckler entries met strong demand, with a top call of €2,800 recorded for a five-star1st-calver born in September-2015; out of a LM stockbull and out of a LMx BB dam, she is due to calve to Dimoiwii on December 5th - see more here.
Numbers held fairly strong at Ennis Mart with almost 800 on offer on Tuesday (November 20th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“Quality is getting mixed in all categories but quality lots holding a very fine trade; the trade is totally driven by farmers.” The spokesperson outlined.
Runner heifers climbed to €710 and runner bulls made to €890, calves fetched from €130 to €250.
Moving to other rings, there was a small entry of suckling stock with a top call of €2,340 recorded for a Limousin due to an AI Limousin bull on December 9th - find more here.
Some 720 entries including 130 cull cows went under the hammer at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday (November 20th), according to Seamus O’Keeffe.
The manager said that bullocks were up €50-€60/head on the previous week, with a good steady trade all-round as plenty of customers competed for stock - see sample prices here.
Once again, a big sale was held at Sixmilebridge Mart on Saturday (November 17th) with good demand for store bullocks, according to Sean Ryan - mart manager.
The manager said that plenty of farmers made their presence felt at the ringside; weanlings were also a solid trade - read more here.