More farmer customers at Dowra

“The quality lots were steady and much similar to last week, with more farmer customers present. Plainer cattle are still proving harder sold”

Solid trade for cull cows & heifers at Kilkenny

“With the uncertainty of Brexit and the sensational negative report from Lancet, it was good to see there were still customers willing to buy cattle”

Talking Trade: Cattle sales remain small

Purchasers at marts are cautious due to Brexit uncertainty and poor factory quotes, although early grass growth is bringing some positivity to the ringside.

Dry cows peak at €1,570 at Ballinrobe

Heifers topped out at €1,600, while bullocks sold to €1,365. Moving to the sheep, store lambs made up to €121, ewe lambs hit €118 & fat ewes climbed to €112.

Bullocks reach €1,950 at Carnaross

Weanling heifers made up to €1,045, weanling bulls peaked at €1,240, suck calves hit €510, dry cows sold to €1,260 and heifers realised €1,120.

In-calf heifer makes €1,620 at Ballyjamesduff

Calves sold to €320, dry cows peaked at €1,535, weanling bulls sold to €1,085, weanling heifers fetched up to €1,015, heifers climbed to €1,585 and bullocks topped out at €1,580.

More customers sourcing cattle at Kanturk

Heifers made up to €2/kg for the choice lots, while dry cows fetched from €100 under the kg to €300 over.

Hoggets top out at €126 at Ennis

Some very good prices were forked out for quality lots both in the bulls and heifers, while sheep met a great trade, with up to €119 paid out for cull ewes.

Exporters active for quality bulls and heifers at Carnew

A large entry of beef cattle met a firm trade with a full clearance reported. The presence of additional farmer customers resulted in an improved trade for all types of cattle.

Bullocks sell to €755 over the kg at Ballybay

Cull cows hit €715 over, heifers peaked at €635 over and stock bulls topped out at €495 over, while a top call of €400 was recorded in the calf ring.