Store trade strong as numbers dwindle
Ironic seemed to be the word mentioned regularly when I spoke to mart managers about the trade. As one man put it: "No grass, no silage, no money, and no price for finished cattle -- yet the store trade remains quite strong."
Numbers coming out, or the lack of them, are probably having a positive effect on prices.
A very good trade, especially for outlying store bullocks, was reported from Ennis mart last Thursday. Quality store bullocks weighing from 450kg up made from €400-550 over the weight with a few top Charolais types making up to €585 over or €2.05/kg. The plainer steers ranged from €200 over.
Depending on quality, the heifers were similar to the bullocks on price. Top price/kg was €1.91/kg for a 575kg Limousine. Well fleshed continental cull cows were freely making €350-440 over with a number of heavy cows making over €1,000/hd.
Aged bulls sold for €140-610 with the weight.
Good suckler cows with a quality calf at foot made up to €1,350/hd, while in-calf sucklers made up to €1,310. Young milky looking dairy cows sold for up to €1,320/hd.
In Kilkenny mart, farmers were still quite slow to purchase stock. Numbers were a bit smaller last week.
The trade for quality bullocks and heifers was similar, but the plainer types, especially Friesians, were proving harder to sell. Continental steers >500kg made from €1.50/kg to €1.86/kg or €400-500 over. The lighter quality stock made up to €450 with the weight.