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“Plainer-type bulls are the most difficult to sell.” – Harkin
“Plainer Friesian-types and mid-weight bulls were more difficult to sell.” – Harkin
“Light Friesian-bred cattle still remain the most difficult to sell.”
Spring lambs topped out at €198 at Monday’s sale.
Farmers and agents competed for lighter stores and weanlings.
All stock with the excellent of dairy-types, remained a great trade, with up to €880 forked out for bullocks. There was a strong trade for sheep.
Bullocks sold to €970 over, heifers hit €840 over and dry cows topped out at €1,600. Ewes with twin lambs peaked at €280, while hoggets made up to €130.
Quality cattle met with good demand, with weanlings selling for up to €2.90/kg. Hoggets made up to €130, while a ewe with two lambs hit €290.
Bulls sold to €850 over, while bullocks hit €775 over and heifers made up to €845 over; lambs topped out at €134, ewes with twin lambs peaked at €310 and fat ewes realised €130.
“An excellent trade for quality in-spec cattle while lighter, plainer-types and Friesian-cross cattle were the most difficult sold” – Ann Harkin
A smaller entry of cattle went under the hammer, with poor demand for lighter, plainer cattle. Ewes with twin lamb hit €275, while cull ewes peaked at €125.
Quality in-spec stock met with a strong trade, with heifers topping at €875 over and bullocks making up to €825 over.
Friesian types and out-of-spec cattle remained difficult to sell at the last cattle sale of the year, according to Ann Harkin.