Cattle marts: Brisk trade as optimism reigns
Trade at the cattle marts continues to improve as optimism for beef prices for the year ahead is encouraging farmers to buy weanlings and light and forward store bullocks and heifers.
Finished stock are in demand at the marts. Suckler calves have also begun the New Year in a lively fashion as well-framed Friesian bulls made up to and over €200/hd.
The 400 cattle on offer at Fermoy Mart met a strong trade, especially in relation to the bullocks. Stores made €100-408 over and beef types sold up to €270 over. Prices for butcher heifers sold for €180-364 over the weight.
Dowra Mart had a big sale of almost 700 cattle last Saturday, with a strong trade for all classes. The best of the heavy steers made €450-670 over. Stores sold for €400-600 with their weight.
Balla Mart had 960 cattle at Saturday's sale. Trade was lively all round, with bullocks and heifers well up on the previous week. Store bullocks made €240-630 over the weight, while plainer lots made €200-370 over.
Numbers were up at Kilkenny Mart as sellers were anxious to avail of the buoyant trade. Steers were up by €10-20/hd, heifers by €10-15/hd and the large number of cull cows showed an increase of €10/hd.
Weanling bulls sold for €300-435 over the weight in Ballymote. The heifers sold for €250-365 over. Prices for store heifers made from €280-555 over the €/kg.
The mart is holding a weanling sale on January 28, and a special dry-cow and suckler springer sale on February 4.