Tougher trade for plainer types at Raphoe

Forward-store heifers met with strong demand with up to €840 over the kg recorded.

Steady trade at Kilrush

“Stock are in good shape and weighing well for the time of year.”

Heifers sell to €1,430 at Ballinrobe

Trade held well, especially for quality lots; bullocks hit €1,285, dry cows realised €1,565 and suckler pairings peaked at €1,480.

Ewe lambs reach €172 at Ballymote

“The lamb trade, in general, was not as sharp as last week; trade for cull ewes remained strong.”

Demand exceeds supply at Kanturk

320 entries - including 70 calves - were offered sale; heifers hit €1,350, dry cows sold to €1,240 and bullocks peaked at €900.

Tough trade for plainer lots at Ennis

“Trade for the heifer weanlings holding very solid but bulls were a shade easier.”

Strong trade for store bullocks at Loughrea

Forward-type heifers met with strong demand while prices for store lambs have improved as "farmers have lots of spare grass.”

Firm trade for all types at Tuam

Bullocks hit €805 with the weight, while heifers made up to €680 over and cull cows realised €1,380.

Farmers active at Roscommon Mart’s 60th anniversary sale

“With the continued good grass growth, farmers were actively sourcing stock resulting in a good clearance of lots.”

Bullocks top out at €715 over at Headford

Heifers hit €640 over, weanling bulls realised €520 over and weanling heifers peaked at €340 over.

Dry cows reach €1,540 at Dowra

"The good quality lots were still in demand.”

Suckler pairings hit €1,675 at Ballinasloe

"Low numbers but a good trade and almost a full clearance."

‘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?”

Strong demand for well-fleshed cattle at Carnaross

“Trade remained good this week despite current beef trade.”

Calves sell from €40 to €280 at Castlerea

"Despite all the disquiet about Brexit, Mercosur and beef prices, trade, in general, held up well”

Bullocks hit €860 over at Blessington

“Trade was similar to last week for all classes.”

Heifers reach €1,525 at Ballinrobe

“Despite all the adverse talk about the future of the beef sector, trade did not show any signs of this"

More farmer customers at Ballyjamesduff

Suckler pairings reached €2,030, calves hit €470, stock bulls made up to €1,800 and cull cows peaked at €1,535

Weanling bulls reach €1,515 at Gortatlea

‘Heavy weanling bulls in excess of 400kgs meeting a more sluggish trade than previous E & U grade sales’

'A share of export activity' at Ennis

Heifer and bull weanlings “were back about 15c/kg on last year”