Mart Trade: Pictures and prices from Kilcullen Mart
The Martwatch Team was in Kilcullen Mart this week with our cameras capturing a brisk trade.
The weanling trade was in the doldrums for much of January as a lack of export markets, coupled with the traditional seasonal lull, left the weanling neglected.
There are signs now - at least at the lighter weights - that the bull is beginning to break out of the trading lethargy. The 100-299/kg bull is up on average 15c/kg over the last two weeks to €2.29/kg, which translates into €229- 684/hd versus €214-639/hd two weeks ago.
The most marked increase across the whole spectrum of bulls is in the bottom quarter of the 100-299kg animals with last week’s 13c/kg increase giving an overall increase of €31-93/hd in the last fortnight. That’s nice money on a cold day in February.
But the going gets tougher the further up the weights you go, with the average price of the 300-400kg bull falling 8c/ kg last week after he had gained 5c/kg the week before.
The story in the 400-600kg section isn’t any better, with prices back 5c/kg on average over the last two weeks despite mart managers saying that farmer buyers have expressed interest in acquiring heavier bulls.
Last week’s average for those heavier 400-600kg bulls was back 5c/kg or from €20- 30/hd and ended up sitting on €2.19/kg or from €876-1,314/ hd.
The weanling heifer trade, however, is a different story. Like daffodils and snowdrops in early spring they brought much cheer last week as their prices rose quite dramatically across all classes.