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Heavy cattle were easier by €10 - €15/head
“The light Friesian bullock and dairy-influenced Aberdeen Angus and Herefords were the hardest to rehome” – Candler
Quality lots improved by €20-€50/head this week, while demand is poor for light-weight cattle and those with strong dairy-influence.
“The quality lots were steady and much similar to last week, with more farmer customers present. Plainer cattle are still proving harder sold”
Heifers topped out at €1,600, while bullocks sold to €1,365. Moving to the sheep, store lambs made up to €121, ewe lambs hit €118 & fat ewes climbed to €112.
Eric Driver said that prices struggled to remain at pre-Christmas levels. Cull cows sold from €120 under the kg to €675 over, while €2.00-€2.20/kg was forked out for continental bullocks.
“Cattle numbers still remain big but trade was slightly better” Heifers weanlings sold to €1,250 (pictured); dry cows peaked at €1,200 & bullocks made up to €1305.
"Numbers are beginning to fall off, with trade holding good in the bulls with the exception of the average quality heavy bulls. Heifers were easier with quality lots holding strong”
Quality lots held firm, while plainer and lighter types remained difficult to sell. There is strong interest in quality suckler lots at present.
Large entries of cattle were reported across the majority of venues, with a firm trade for quality types. More farmers were present at the ringside.