Big demand for lighter weights
A top price of €3.51/kg was paid for a light Limousin weanling bull at the Annual Weanling Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, where the trade was mainly driven by strong demand from farmers for the lighter weights.
The lot of three Limousins weighing 228kg sold for €800 each, with demand and prices strongest overall for the lighter lots on the day.
The champion of the show was awarded to a 10 month old Limousin bull exhibited by Tony Roche, Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary, which weighed 435kg and sold for €1,390, equivalent to €3.20/kg .
The entry at 20hd was similar to last year, and while prices were back on 2015, demand was described as "brisk" overall, particularly for the lighter lots with a good clearance of both bulls and heifers.
"The prices were back about 20c/kg on average from last year," said Denis Kirby. "It was mostly a farmer trade. We had one exporter buying but most of the weanlings were being bought by farmers who were driving the trade."
Heifers went to a high of €1,500 each, paid for a 470kg Charolais equivalent to €3.19 /kg, while a Belgian blue weighing 350kgs made €3.29/kg selling for €1,150.
The prize-winners at the show were exhibited by Tom Jackson, Quitrent, Kildorrery, Co Cork; Eamon Walsh, Carrigmore, Dromahane, Co Cork; Michael Leonard, Glenosheen, Ardpatrick, Co Limerick; John Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick; Brian Coughlan, Bohernagore, Ardpatrick, Co Limerick and William Fitzgerald, Finitterstown, Adare, Co Limerick.