Numbers down but trade is strong
Numbers remained relatively small but thankfully despite all the recent happenings, trade showed no negative reaction. Prices remain at least as strong as last week, with some reported improvements in places.
Fleshed stock continued to be in very good demand with factory agents extremely keen for those types at ringside. The best of the continental prime cattle were, making from €2.20-2.50/kg, with heavy cows making €1.90-2.20/kg.
Store bullocks made €2.00-2.50/kg in general. Plainer types proved a tad tougher in spots and moved at prices of €1.60-1.80/kg. Quality continental weanling bulls and light store steers sold from €2.40-3.00/kg and in excess of the €3/kg at times.
Friesian bull calves continue to range from €100 to €300/hd depending on age, quality and strength.
Continental bull calves made €300-500, with the heifers generally making €220-420. Suckler cows and heifers traded for €1,000-1,800. Freshly calved dairy cows sold for €1,100-1,350, while calved heifers sold for €1.200-1,500.
Kilkenny had a smaller sale of 620 stock. Heifers enjoyed the best of the trade but plain bullocks were sluggish. Despite a large number of cull cows on offer the quality was limited. Steers over 400kg sold for €1.80-2.45/kg, with nice Friesians making €2.00-2.19/kg.
Steers below 400kg sold from a low of €1.60/kg for poorer dairy bred lots up to a high of €3.08/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €2.00-2.55/kg, with the butcher types moving for €1.85-2.30/kg. Stores sold for €1.80-2.50/kg. Prices for continental cull cows ran from €1.40 to €2.15/kg. Friesian culls made €1.05-1.80/kg.