€2/kg average for all stock at Kilkenny mart
Exceptionally strong demand for cattle drove average prices for both heifers and bullocks above €2/kg last week.
Mart manager Michael Lynch said he believed it was the first time ever for the average price in both categories to breach the €2/kg barrier.
Prices for bullocks over 600kg ranged from €500-825 over the weight, while 500-600kg bullocks made €460-705 over and those under 500kg sold for €300-645 over.
In the heifer ring, beef heifers made €430-720 over, butchers' heifers sold for €385-600 over and store heifers achieved €350-525 over.
The strong trade follows the mart's weanling show and sale, where the trade was described as "electric".
The top price of €1,080 -- or €3.48/kg -- was paid for a 310kg Belgian Blue bull weanling sold by Eamon Sheehan, from Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny, to TLT Exporters.
The average price for bull weanlings was €2.30/kg and €2.25/kg for heifer weanlings. Show-type heifer weanlings made up to €2.70/kg.
The prize for best Continental male weanling went to a 620kg Charolais bull owned by Michael Johnson, from Templemore, Co Tipperary, and subsequently sold for €1,340.