Several marts held their biggest sales so far this year, with up to 1,000 lots passing through rings at some of the larger venues.
Managers reported increased activity from farmers and feedlot buyers, with strong demand for good-quality Continental stores.
More grass buyers are making their presence felt at the ringside, with this bringing positivity to the ringside.
Quality-type weanlings bull are improving week-on-week, with strong farmer custom.
More calves are coming on stream, with one manager reporting that poor-quality FR calves are “almost impossible to sell", with most lots ranging from €10-€180.
Balla Mart held its End-of-Month sale on Saturday (February 23rd), with a strong trade reported for quality types, but plainer cattle were easier.
“There were buyers from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland.” A mart spokesperson said.
Bullocks sold for up to €1,700, cull cows hit €1,665, heifers realised €1,880 and springers peaked at €1,410 at Saturday’s sale – see more here.
Another big sale at Dowra Mart on Saturday (February 23rd) with over 900 cattle on offer, according to a spokesperson for the mart.
Weanling bulls were a steady trade, while a special sale of bullocks saw young, nicely-conformed bullocks were “very dear” and some of the older plainer-types proved harder sold, the spokesperson outlined.
Some “exceptional prices” were recorded for good quality store heifers and weanlings, the spokesperson added.
“Dry Cows were a slightly easier trade, while a reduction sale of Springer Cows met a very strong trade.” – see more here.
Kanturk Mart held its biggest sale on the year on Tuesday (February 26th), with some 1,120 lots offered for sale, according to Michael Scanlon.
“Prices were the same as last week with plenty of customers, but all talking about the prices at factory-level.” The auctioneer said following the general cattle sale – find more here.
Kilkenny Mart held its biggest sale of 2019 on Thursday (February 28th), with some 1,000 lots going under the hammer.
Trade remained very firm especially for continental-type bullocks and heifers, according to George Candler.
The bulk of Friesian bullocks ranged from €1.55 to €1.85 per kilo with forward store continental bullocks and heifers ranging from €2.15 to €2.55 per kilo with lighter types selling to €2.95 per kilo.
“Dairy-influenced Aberdeen Angus and Hereford, especially heifers, are the most difficult to sell,” George said.
“Cull cow prices appear to have steadied especially for the lesser animal, perhaps, due to smaller numbers appearing.” He concluded – find more here.