Livestock marts across the country attracted large entries of cattle once again this week, with many managers noting that cattle being presented for sale are showing effects of weather.
A reduction in factory quotes is not instilling potential buyers with confidence, as outlined by renowned auctioneer George Candler.
"Many buyers have filled their orders for this winter due to the fact we have had 5-6 weeks of big marts and quality cattle." George Candler said.
Overall, this week, quality types held a firm trade, while the plainer, lighter types and out-of-spec cattle were more difficult to sell, with a limited number of customers present for these entries.
A large entry of stock presented for sale at Castlerea Mart which included an entry of six Continental cows with Continental calves at foot; entries pushed up to €4,160.
“These prices provided a confidence booster to the much-battered suckler section.” Brendan Egan - Manager of Castlerea Mart said.
“The heifer and cow trade reported good clearances this week, while the weanling rings reported increased farmer activity this week with prices strengthened for the quality calves.” - see more here.
Over 900 lots passed through the ring at Ennis Mart on Tuesday (November 6th), according to a mart spokesperson.
Trade improved in the heifer ring as additional customers made their presence felt at the ringside.
“The top-quality bulls were even slightly dearer especially for a farmer’s weanling for steers. The 320kg-380kg quality lots were in great demand.”
Moving to other categories, runner heifers fetched up to €760, while runner bulls peaked at €885 and with a limited number of sucklers on offer, pairings topped out at €1,700, while in-calf entries pushed up to €1,700 - see more here.
Kanturk Mart held its monthly weanling Show and Sale on Tuesday (November 6th); this week’s sale was sponsored by Dovea Genetics and Greenvale Animal Feeds.
The mart staged its first weanling sale in July and these will continue until the last sale in December; once a month, the mart organises a Show and Sale.
“These sales are sponsored by various organisations and financial institutions connected to the farming community. We are extremely grateful to these organisations, without whom our sales would not be a success.” Seamus O’Keeffe - the mart’s manager said.
“This year, even though we had extreme weather conditions, farmers to their credit still presented top class weanlings that attracted top-class prices from buyers from all over the country.” Mr. O’Keeffe added - find more here.
1,100 lots were presented for sale at Kilmallock Mart on Monday (November 5th), according to a spokesperson for the made.
The main attraction was the dairy show and sale, with a top call of €1,480 recorded.
The spokesperson said that bullocks met with a very strong trade, as 75 pens went under the hammer; they sold for up to €1,265/head or €2.35/kg.
With 173 cull cows on offer, these pushed up to €1,220/head or €1.81/kg, while heifers peaked at €1,100/head or €2.33/kg and calves fetched up to €480 - find more here.
George Candler reported a tougher day's trading in Kilkenny, as a slightly smaller sale of cattle went under the hammer.
He said that purchasers can now secure quality bullocks and heifers over 450kg from €2.15 to €2.35/kg with any price in excess of €2.50 per kilo been the exception rather than the rule.
Very few cattle are selling in excess of €2.40/kg, with most of the better stores ranging from €2.15 - €2.30/kg. Quality Friesian bullocks clicked from €1.60 - €1.75/kg - find more here.