Cattle marts across the country attracted large entry numbers once again this week.
Trade remained firm for quality types - Continental forward stores; however, plainer types were difficult to sell.
A number of mart managers noted that there was more demand for these entries this week.
More farmer customers made their presence felt at the ringside this week, while a number of managers reported that there was more activity from exporters this week.
Some 630 weanlings and 20 sucklers went under the hammer at Carnew Mart on Wednesday (October 24th), according to David Quinn.
The manager reported an excellent trade for quality weanlings with strong export demand.
A top call of €3.58/kg was recorded for a 332KG - BB bull - €1190 - see more here
85% of entries offered for sale at Elphin Mart's Annual Show and Sale of Male Weanlings changed hands.
The manager of the mart - Gerry Connellan - reported that quality lots commanded the best prices recorded on the day.
Weanlings under 300kgs sold to an average price of €798 with a maximum price of €1,240 for a 300kg - CH.
Weanlings 300-400 kg sold to an average of €932 with a maximum price of €1,390 for a 400 kg Charolais.
An average of €1,145 was forked out for bull weanlings in the 400-500 kg weight bracket; these peaked at €1,380 for a 425kg Charolais - see more here.
Another 1,300 cattle passed through the ring at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (November 1st), with Continental forward store bullocks and heifers remaining the most sought after, according to George Candler.
The mart's auctioneer said that the sale comprised of 135 sellers and 120 Buyers from 10 different counties.
"The bulk of the better continentals ranged from €2.15 to €2.50/kg and any price in excess of these prices was the exception rather than the rule."
Mr. Candler said that light store bullocks and heifers originating from the dairy herd ranged from €1.30 to €1.70/kg - "returns which would not create great excitement", George Candler believes.
"Many farmers have now almost filled their quota for buying cattle this year, so if numbers remain big, prices may start coming under pressure," George added - see all here.
Some 1,100 entries were offered for sale at Kilmallock Mart’s cattle sale on Monday (October 29th), with an excellent trade reported by a mart spokesperson.
Bullocks sold for up to €1380/head or €2.41/kg and dry cows (176 on Offer) climbed to €1485/head or €1.98/head while heifers hit €1080 /head or €1.98/kg.
Dairy stock realised €1180/head, while up to €385 was forked out in the calf ring - see sample prices here.
A large entry of cattle went under the hammer at Sixmilebridge Mart on Saturday (October 27th), according to Sean Ryan - Manager.The manager said that quality types met with good demand; there was a firm trade for weanlings, with good farmer custom - see more here.