Sharper trade for butcher and store lambs at Kilkenny

A smaller sale of sheep with some 320 entries on offer – Candler

Larger numbers and fewer customers at Kilkenny

"The wet weather has meant that farmers buying cattle have not the same option of putting them out to grass" - Candler

Tougher trade for lambs at Kilkenny

“Larger numbers from Northern Ireland and further afield helping to swell numbers in the factories” – Candler

More farmer customers at Kilkenny

Trade aided by buyers "specifically looking for quality continental bullocks and heifers"

Tougher trade for butcher and factory lambs at Kilkenny

“Factories have adequate supplies from Northern Ireland the UK” — Candler

‘Farmers need to go back to selling their beef now’ – auctioneer

“Those still at the factory gates should not stop fellow farmers who now need to dispose of beef before they go over-age or over-fit"

‘Challenging trade’ for plain types at Kilkenny

'A bigger sale of cattle with a definite trend developing' - Candler

Butcher lambs easier at Kilkenny

“The good breeding hogget sale would indicate that more farmers intend staying in sheep production.”

Sharper trade for bullocks and heifers at Kilkenny

"The sharper trade can be attributed to the resilience of farmers rather than any positivity in the marketplace,"

‘Steady rather than spectacular’ trade at Kilkenny

This is 'to be welcomed in the uncertain climate that exists at present'

Sharper trade for butcher lambs at Kilkenny

"Quality breeding hoggets in demand; cull ewes still meeting a solid trade'

‘Future planning remains a negative for all potential purchases’

'A larger yard of heifers met with better demand especially the quality lots' - Candler

‘Bully-boy tactics from either side will only lead to more animosity’

'Here’s hoping an acceptable resolution can be achieved in the dispute between Beef Plan and factories'

Sheep prices remain unchanged at Kilkenny

Butcher lambs sold from €100-€112/head, factory lambs climbed from €99-€103/head and store lambs made from €70-€85/head

More buyers for store cows at Kilkenny

Continental bullocks – weighing from 430-490kgs – met with the strongest demand.

Sheep ease by €2-€4/head at Kilkenny

500 lots on offer with "more of a challenging trade."

‘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?”

Sharper trade for sheep at Kilkenny

“Another small yard of sheep with lambs peaking at €116 with cull ewes to a top call of €135/head.”