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Continental calves reached €340/head, while Friesians sold to €260/head and traditional breeds topped out at €395/head.
Candler reported a 95% clearance at the general cattle sale.
Although numbers are declining, trade is remaining firm, according to the auctioneer.
"A special section for beef bullocks, heifers and cull cows created plenty of interest..."
Plainer cattle met an easier trade, according to Candler.
“The extension of compulsory TB testing from 6 weeks to 120 days is helping to flush out more calves.”
A March-born continental calf reached €530.
“It would appear that forward store bullocks and heifers, plus beef-type animals are getting scarce.”
A smaller sale of lambs and cull ewes resulted in a sharper trade all-round, according to George Candler.
With rings open to potential buyers and online trading continuing, more customers were operating throughout the sale.
Auctioneer George Candler reported that both online and ringside bidders created plenty of interest.
Heavy lambs peaked at €130/head at Kilkenny.
Trade was described as “challenging” for all lots.
Heavy lambs peaked at €127 at Kilkenny.
“The fact that calves up to 120 days can be sold without a TB test means stronger calves are being offered for sale.”
A top call of €365 was paid for a Charolais heifer.
There was a top call for lambs of €144/head.
Forward store heifers earned €1.90-€2.40/kg or €800-€1115/head.
Prices remained strong in the cull ewe market, according to George Candler.