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Some managers said that their mart opened to a trade of uncertainty around the ring with prices struggling to remain at pre-Christmas levels.
Many marts hosted their final sale of the year this week; quality lots meeting a firm trade while plainer types were more difficult to sell.
Several managers reported increased farmer activity at marts this week; this led to a slight increase in the price of some cattle. Numbers continued to drop off.
Many mart managers reported larger entries of cattle this week - despite last week's drop-off in numbers - with more customers around the ring and a sharper trade prevailing for quality types.
Trade has remained strong for quality bullocks and heifers, although cull cows are still under pressure.
Quality lots held firm, while plainer and lighter types remained difficult to sell. There is strong interest in quality suckler lots at present.
The majority of mart managers reported slightly smaller sales this week, with a strong trade for suckler stock, although cull cows are under pressure.
Trade remained firm for quality types - Continental forward stores; however, plainer types were difficult to sell.
Demand remained strongest for forward types, as large entries of cattle went under the hammer again this week. Plainer types met with a tough trade.
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.
The good weather and the harvesting of second and third-cut silage, injected more positivity into the cattle trade this week.
A firm trade was reported for factory-fit and forward store bullocks and heifers. More farmer customers and feedlot purchasers were present.
Most purchasers continued to place an emphasis on quality, while plainer and lighter types remained difficult to sell.
Bullocks and heifers improved by €10-€30/head at some venues this week. Plainer types remained difficult to clear.
Sale sizes increased and a firm trade was reported for quality types but plainer and lighter entries were more difficult to sell.
Improved grass growth rates with more farmer customers. Quality was the main driver of price, as plainer lots were difficult to sell.