This week's ringside tables for both steers and heifers show positive movement in about two thirds of the various weight and quality divisions, not bad considering that the weather played hell with field conditions last week.
Some sellers decided to leave stock at home on the assumed basis that buyers with grass would be scarce ringside given the rain.
Those that chanced the day out found some marts not overly supplied with stock and a trade that was buoyant as a result with all stock over 500kg improved for the second consecutive week.
Those 500-599kg bullocks are now improved on average by 5c/kg or €25-30/hd over the last two weeks, with the bottom quarter up 7c/kg or €35-42/hd in the same time frame.
Last week the 600kg+ bullock moved up another 2c/kg to add to his average 9c/kg gain of the previous week.
Most of that gain came in the top quarter, which, despite dropping 3c/kg last week, averages an increase of 10c/kg over the last fortnight. In simple terms, that 600kg+ bullock is trading €60/hd higher than three weeks ago.
The fortunes of the 300- 399kg bullock over the last two weeks have fluctuated. While last week’s average gain of 6c/kg or €18-24/hd in the 300-399kg looks okay, the previous week saw his average price fall by exactly the same amount.
The 400-499kg animal fares better with his average last week coming up 5c/kg or €20- 25/hd, following on from the previous week’s modest increase of just 1c/kg.
However the underlying trend in the price of the 400- 499kg animal does appear to be more positive than those figures would indicate as both the top and bottom quarters rose last week following a modest 4c/ kg or €16-20/hd increase in the price of the bottom quarter two weeks ago