‘Is that what the factories want?’

“Do factories realise that a lot of farmers who bought cattle in the past have either gone into contract rearing or reduced numbers dramatically?”

Exporters keep a floor on prices at Kilkenny

“A bigger sale of calves compared to last week but quality not of the same high standard as other weeks.” – Candler

Light, plain-types difficult to sell at Kilkenny

“Good to see more life for heavier bullocks, heifers and cows” - Candler

FR bulls sell from €20-€190/head at Kilkenny

“Another quality yard of calves met a good selling trade with exporters and farmers active”

Fewer customers at Kilkenny

“The changeable weather conditions are restricting some potential buyers from operating” – Candler

Spring lambs make up to €125 at Kilkenny

There was a firm trade for sheep – butcher lambs sold to €126, while cull ewes topped out at €122. Dairy cows realised €1,800.

Easier trade for sheep at Kilkenny

“Many factories are complaining about the fact that too many heavy sheep are appearing” – Candler

Strong demand for quality lots at Kilkenny

“The light Friesian bullock and dairy-influenced Aberdeen Angus and Herefords were the hardest to rehome” – Candler

“A solid rather than spectacular trade” at Kilkenny

“A number of agents have suggested that many of their customers are waiting to see developments regarding Brexit" - George Candler

Excellent trade for quality continentals at Kilkenny

A smaller entry under the hammer, with a good attendance of customers. Cull cows met with a difficult trade, according to George Candler.

Heavier hoggets improve by €2-€5/head at Kilkenny

Sheep numbers are remaining small; butcher lambs made up to €130, factory lambs hit €121 and cast ewes peaked at €118.

Biggest sale of the year at Kilkenny

Some 1,000 lots went under the hammer, with trade remaining firm for Continental bullocks and heifers. Dairy-influenced AA and HE heifers are the most difficult to sell.

Sheep prices “coming under pressure” – Candler

Sheep were easier by €2-€4/head, with a sharper trade for cull ewes, as better types were offered for sale. Freshly-calved FRs hit €1,720, while in-calve entries peaked at €1,100.

Solid trade for all types at Kilkenny

“Trade remarkably firm especially when you consider the present uncertain climate we find ourselves in” Bullocks hit €2.90/kg, heifers topped out at €2.90/kg and cull cows realised €2.04/kg.

Sheep easier by €4-€7/head at Kilkenny

Butcher lambs hit €126, factory lambs sold to €113, store lambs realised €99 and cast ewes fetched up to €110. Freshly-calved dairy entries made up to €1,980.

Heifers improve by €50-€70/head at Kilkenny

“The irony here is that the mart trade is excellent while farmers are struggling to get cattle into the factories” - Candler

Quality continentals improve by €50/head at Kilkenny

“The reason for the increase is hard to fathom but perhaps some farmers now feel they have sufficient feed to see them through this winter and, in cases, the appearance of grass is an encouraging sign”

Sheep improve by €2-€5/head at Kilkenny

“Another small yard of sheep with scarcity helping to consolidate and in cases, improve prices by €2-€5/head" - George Candler

Sharper trade for forward-store hoggets at Kilkenny

“Numbers remaining small with trade a little sharper for butcher and forward store hoggets” – George Candler

Poor demand for over-age non-quality-assured cattle at Kilkenny

“Trade remains steady which is a compliment to buyers who are purchasing stock in the most uncertain period facing agriculture in years” – George Candler