Numbers continued to drop off at marts around the country this week, with managers reporting a decline in the quality of cattle presented for sale also.
Trade has remained strong for quality bullocks and heifers, although cull cows are still under major pressure, with reports that they were harder sold at the majority of venues this week.
George Candler - an auctioneer at Kilkenny Mart - noted that under-age and under-fed types and plainer cattle are proving difficult to sell.
Numbers of stock presented for sale began to fall at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (November 29th), with a drop in numbers in all categories, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.
Trade has remained strong for the quality lots presented with the exception of the dry cows who have noticed a slip in prices in recent weeks, the manager stressed.
“The heifer and weanling rings reported good clearances with good prices reported for the quality lots while breeding stock and runners reported good demand.” Brendan Egan commented - see more here.
A slightly smaller sale of cattle met a steady trade, except for some of the plainer cattle and the dry cows which proved harder sold at Dowra Mart on Saturday (November 24th), according to a mart spokesperson - read more here.
800 cattle passed through the ring at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (November 29th) - a similar sale size to the previous week, according to George Candler.
The mart’s auctioneer said that trade for quality lots remained firm, although plainer types proved difficult to re-home.
“Quality cattle are getting scarcer. A good solid trade for forward store bullocks but cattle overage and under-fed were difficult to sell.” George Candler said.
“The slide in the price of cull cows has steadied though plain Friesians especially those lacking flesh are the most difficult to get away. The top quality cull cow met a sharper trade.” - see more here.
The sale consisted of mostly plainer types at Raphoe Mart on Thursday (November 29th); these met a difficult trade, according to Ann Harkin - Manager.
“The few quality cattle [that were] on offer were easier sold and a much better trade.” Ann Harkin outlined - find the full report here.
The sale remained big at Sixmilebridge on Saturday (November 24th), with prices a little easier and quality not quite as good as other weeks, according to Sean Ryan - Manager. The manager said that trade remains strong for quality weanlings - see here for more.