Cattle show a drop in price at the marts
Cattle overall were down somewhat at the marts. Steers showed a drop of between 5-20c/kg, with the majority selling for €2.10-2.60/kg.
Heavier Continental types made €2.00-2.40/kg. Heifers were back by 2-10c/kg and generally moving at €2.00-2.50/kg.
Weanlings suffered a 5-15c/kg fall in the main, with the majority of the bulls making from €2.10-2.90/kg, while most of the heifers sold between €2.00-2.50/kg.
Reacting to the TLT story, a spokesman for Sixmilebridge Mart said that there was a good trade at the mart on Saturday for all stock, with weanling prices especially strong. "Bookings for the coming Saturday are already very high and it will be business as usual," the mart insisted.
There were only 350 weanlings for sale at Kilkenny Mart, but it was probably just as well as numbers of customers were not overly plentiful either.
Having said that, heifers peaked at €3/kg, with the bulls hitting a high of €2.90/kg. The heavy bulls over 400kg ranged from €450 to €700 with their weight. This reflected €2.00-2.40/kg.
Continental bulls between 300kg and 400kg made €380-600 over or €2.15-2.90/kg. Lighter lots moved at €1.75-2.90/kg.
Bullocks weighing less than 375kg made €2.20-3.27/kg or €350-630 with the €1/kg. The heaviest of the heifer weanlings over 400kg sold for €2.00-3.00/kg or up to €915 with the weight. The lighter lots were selling for €1.70-2.80/kg.