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Numbers down, but prices hold firm in Kilkenny

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3 Herefords Heifers. Weight 558 Kg. Dob 10/01/17. Sold for €1280 each.

3 Herefords Heifers. Weight 558 Kg. Dob 10/01/17. Sold for €1280 each.

3 Herefords Heifers. Weight 558 Kg. Dob 10/01/17. Sold for €1280 each.

At 650, numbers in Kilkenny Mart last Thursday were less than previous weeks. Trade, however, was in general not hurt by the smaller entry with the large selection of heavy bullocks between 600-700kg making from €1.60-2.35/kg, while the 500kg+ forward bullock sold from €1.50-2.55/kg.

Delving deeper into the figures, the mart's George Candler said the bulk of continental bullocks over 560kg averaged a minimum of €2.10/kg. Similarly weighted Angus and Herefords made €1.80-2.10/kg. In the 400-500kg section prices ranged from €1.40-2.35/kg, while those from 300-400kgs sold from €170-3.16/kg.

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4 Limousin Bullocks. Weight 558Kg. DOB 12/02/18. Sold for €1250 each.

4 Limousin Bullocks. Weight 558Kg. DOB 12/02/18. Sold for €1250 each.

4 Limousin Bullocks. Weight 558Kg. DOB 12/02/18. Sold for €1250 each.

However, Angus and Hereford types under 310kg were what George called "a more difficult sale". Those lighter types aside, the bullock trade here continued to reflect the current national trend of strong demand and stronger prices with the market for Friesian stock in particular seeing a noticeable improvement. The heifer trade saw beef types sell from €1.90-2.15/kg, with forward types making up to €2.51/kg.

Asked why the trade was so strong while factory prices in real terms remain behind where they were 12 months ago, George believes that "men are reading confidence into the trade particularly where the better animal are concerned".

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2 Charolais cross heifers. Weight 515 Kg. Sold for €1190 each.

2 Charolais cross heifers. Weight 515 Kg. Sold for €1190 each.

2 Charolais cross heifers. Weight 515 Kg. Sold for €1190 each.

That confidence currently seems to extend to anything that may offer a short to medium term return. The team in Kilkenny dispatched 110 cull cows in little over at hour at prices from €1.05-1.50/kg for Friesians to €1.95/kg for continentals.

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4 Limousin Cross Heifers. Weight 573Kg DOB 05/03/18. Sold for €1320 each.

4 Limousin Cross Heifers. Weight 573Kg DOB 05/03/18. Sold for €1320 each.

4 Limousin Cross Heifers. Weight 573Kg DOB 05/03/18. Sold for €1320 each.

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4 Charolais Cross bullocks. Weight 521 Kg. DOB 24/07/18. Sold for €1180 each.

4 Charolais Cross bullocks. Weight 521 Kg. DOB 24/07/18. Sold for €1180 each.

4 Charolais Cross bullocks. Weight 521 Kg. DOB 24/07/18. Sold for €1180 each.

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Limousin Heifer. Weight 570 Kg . DOB 28/07/18 Sold for €1160.

Limousin Heifer. Weight 570 Kg . DOB 28/07/18 Sold for €1160.

Limousin Heifer. Weight 570 Kg . DOB 28/07/18 Sold for €1160.

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Belgian Blue Cross. Weight 570 Kg. DOB 14/10/18. Sold for €1350.

Belgian Blue Cross. Weight 570 Kg. DOB 14/10/18. Sold for €1350.

Belgian Blue Cross. Weight 570 Kg. DOB 14/10/18. Sold for €1350.

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6 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 910Kg. DOB 14/03/18. Sold for €910 each.

6 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 910Kg. DOB 14/03/18. Sold for €910 each.

6 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 910Kg. DOB 14/03/18. Sold for €910 each.

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4 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 603 Kg. Sold for €1230 each.

4 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 603 Kg. Sold for €1230 each.

4 Hereford cross bullocks. Weight 603 Kg. Sold for €1230 each.

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3 Charolaos Cross bullocks. Weight 662 Kg. Sold for €1430 each.

3 Charolaos Cross bullocks. Weight 662 Kg. Sold for €1430 each.

3 Charolaos Cross bullocks. Weight 662 Kg. Sold for €1430 each.

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