“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

Hoggets peak at €125/head at Kilkenny

“Smaller numbers may well be as a result of the very cold spring where considerable losses were recorded and when grass became scarce last summer, many sheep farmers had to sell lambs earlier than usual”

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”

WATCH: George Candler

George Candler began working as a trainee auctioneer in Kilkenny Co-opLivestock Mart in 1972 and has been a full-time employee since then. He also dominates the rostrum at pedigree sales.