Weanling buyers more selective at Castlerea

“Heifers reported no change in prices or trade from last week."

Strong demand for breeding stock at Castlerea

Suckler pairs reached €2,320, while springers topped out at €2,050.

Flying trade for breeding heifers at Castlerea

Plainer, poor-quality calves remained a hard sell.

Firm trade for store and heavy culls at Castlerea

Egan reported that demand was strong for forward-type stores.

Strong demand for quality forward stores at Castlerea

“The bullock and heifer rings noticed the biggest increase in numbers this week,”

Friesian calves sell from €5-€145 at Castlerea

“Extra numbers of bullocks met with a very lively trade, while the heifer and weanling rings are noticing extra buyers also.”

Weanlings up €20-€30/hd at Castlerea

"Bullocks, in particular, were a flying trade this week with demand increasing - especially for forward stores.”

‘General improvement’ in prices at Castlerea

“Smaller cattle, in particular, have noticed a steady improvement in the last few weeks” – Egan

Prices more ‘spring-like than pre-Christmas’ at Castlerea

"A large attendance of customers trying to source stock as the current trading year enters the final week"

Agents and farmers active for quality stores at Castlerea

Increased confidence was evident at the ringside, according to Egan

Increased demand for lighter store heifers at Castlerea

“The dry cow trade showed an improvement in price with good demand”

Prices ‘rising gradually' at Castlerea

Increased farmer activity in the weanling rings

Friesian bulls make from €5 to €30 at Castlerea

“In the weanling rings, numbers are starting to fall but demand has increased,” – Egan

More farmers operating at Castlerea

Improved demand for weanlings and younger stock - Egan

Improved trade for better-quality heifers at Castlerea

In the weanling rings, demand was strongest for quality lots

Renewed interest in breeding stock at Castlerea

“Variance still exists between the quality calves and the plainer-type lots” – Egan

Heifers for further feeding in demand at Castlerea

“The weanling bull trade is dominated by export trade with farmers competing at the ringside"

Strong demand for Belgian Blue weanlings at Castlerea

“Sellers went home satisfied with a good trade prevailing" - Egan

“Top-quality bulls making as high as €4.00/kg' at Castlerea

“It was refreshing to see such good demand on offer and gives a welcome boost to the suckler sector" - Egan

Good demand for stores despite ‘pressure on beef prices’

Exporters were active in Castlerea, especially for lighter calves