Larger entries went under the hammer at cattle marts again this week, with more purchasers flocking to the ringside.
Demand is remaining strong for quality Continental stores, while plainer, lighter types met with a tougher selling trade this week.
More ‘grass buyers’ made their presence felt at the ringside this week, managers noted, despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
More calves on stream again this week, with Friesian bulls selling from €20 upwards, with stronger, better-quality types peaking at €190; poorer-quality Jersey-types are selling from €5 upwards.
Aside from the usual exporters, a number of farmers are also purchasing the better-type Friesian bulls at some venues, managers said.
A larger entry of cattle went under the hammer at Balla Mart on Saturday (February 16th), with three rings in operation, according to a mart spokesperson.
The sale-topping bullock – that made €955 over the kg – who sold by a farmer who recently appeared on Winning Streak. Springers reached €1,950, up to €1,700 was forked out in the cull cow ring and heifers topped out at €1,700 – watch here.
A big sale of weanlings, calves and sucklers at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (February 18th) with trade being described as “very satisfactory all-round”, according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“Bull weanlings a great trade and many of the bulls are possibly getting too much meal as store types were scarce.” The spokesperson outlined.
There was great demand for quality suckling pairings, with these selling to €2,280, while a top call of €1,710 was recorded for an in-calf entry; dairy stock ranged from €1,250-€1,400.
Moving to the other rings, Friesian bull calves made €30 to €140 but calves need to 3-weeks-old and well-fed to achieve higher prices, the spokesperson pointed out. Continental calves peaked at €465, while Hereford and Aberdeen-Angus types climbed from €200-€300, with strength and quality influencing prices forked out on the day – see sample prices here.
Just over 1,000 entries including 430 calves went under the hammer at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (February 18th), according to a spokesperson for the mart.
“Trade for all stock was very lively; the number of buyers continues to increase as we are now in mid-February.” The spokesperson outlined.
Bullocks sold for €1150/head or €2.09 per kg, while dry cows hit €1160/head or €1.80/kg and heifers made up to €950/head or €2.30/kg.
Weanlings bulls fetched up to €1135 each or €2.92/kg, while weanling heifers peaked at €875/head or €2.27/head and young calves realised €440 each.
FR bulls pushed up to €145 each; farmers are purchasing the better-type FR bulls, according to the mart spokesperson; suckler pairings sold for up to €1460/unit – see more here.
There was a steady trade for all types at Tuam Mart’s cattle sale on Monday (February 18th), according to Marian Devane – Manager.
She outlined that lighter store bullocks were snapped up due to strong grass growth, while cull cows met with a “fine trade”.
Weanling Bulls made from €2.30/kg up to €2.58/kg, with a top call of €905 recorded for a LMX bull weighing 350kg; Heifer weanlings ranged from €2.38 up to €2.84kg/kg, with €940 forked out for a 330kg LMX – see more here.