Well-shaped continental cattle made €2.35-2.70/kg in Kilkenny last week, with up to €2.80/kg being paid for "flash stores".
In contrast, plainer stores were €10-30/hd cheaper, with buyers slower to purchase those types.
In Raphoe on Thursday, the trade was said to be "similar" to the previous week, as farmers from both Donegal and Northern Ireland vied for stock.
Prices were generally unaffected by the week's political happenings, with the threat of tariffs on Irish beef exports into the UK having no appreciable impact on prices for either forward stores or fat cattle.
The mart reported stronger demand for good-quality dry cows, with €1,500 being paid for continentals.
In Leitrim, Dowra mart prices held up well, as Patsy Smith noted there were not enough good cattle in the system at present to meet actual demand.
Despite the Theresa May factor (see main report), there
was a good-size turnout with trade for cull cows seeing a majority
selling from €1.15-1.30/kg, with the occasional continental making
up to €2/ kg, while at the other end, poorer Friesians dipped to
50c/kg. Sample; lighter Friesian bullock prices saw six at 342kg
make €1.58/kg, with five at 296kg selling for €1.35/kg, while a
520kg Charolais, who was blind in one eye, clicked €2.12/kg.
The weather had cleared to some degree by the weekend in the
Kingdom, leaving trade here none the worse. Nelius McAuliffe
reported the trade for shipping calves as improved with averages
from €60-70/hd paid for suitable types. Hereford and Angus bull
calves sold from €180-280/ hd with Angus and Hereford heifers
making from €100-170/hd. The trade for yearlings was very good,
with Hereford and Angus bullocks selling from €2.15-2.20/kg on
occasion. “The yearling trade will be fine. Men will just let them
grow out of what they cost as the year goes on,” Nelius said.
The story here was also one of weather concerns more
so than Brexit, as numbers fell back due to incessant heavy rain. “
The weather played hell with numbers and to some degree with
demand,” was Sean Ryan’s comment. Despite this, prices on the day
for bullocks averaged from €1.93/ kg, as in the case of three 515kg
Herefords, to the €2.45/kg that was paid for two 485kg Limousins.
On the heifer side, top of the price pile saw two 480kg Limousins
at €2.25/kg, while at the other end were two 270kg Herefords at
€1.88/kg. Friesian calves sold from €40-80/hd with Hereford and
Angus seeing a top of €240.
Thomas Potterton reported
trade as steady with Friesian bullocks improved and making over
€2/kg at times. Prices for bullocks under 650kg ranged from €1.89/
kg, achieved by four 508kg Angus, to €2.37/ kg in the case of a
565kg Charolais. Heavier bullocks made from €1.71-2.00/kg. Store
heifers sold from €2.00-2.20/kg while the 500kg+ heifer averaged
Numbers were less than previously, however
demand insured a complete clearance. Sample prices on the bullock
side include two 482.5kg Angus X, who sold for €2.07/kg, a 445kg
Speckled Park X at €1.89/kg, while a 510kg Angus X achieved
€1.80/kg. On the heifer side, there was a 470kg Limousin X who sold
for €2.19/kg, with a 400kg Shorthorn X making €2.06/ kg. Best of
the weanling bulls was a 295kg Charolais at €2.85/kg, while for
those looking for something heavier, two 410kg Limousins made
€2.28/kg with a 485kg Angus X making €2.04/kg.
here saw smaller numbers with prices remaining firm, especially for
better types. On the heifer side, a 555kg Limousin clicked
€2.36/kg, while a 475kg Angus hit €2.33/kg. Top of the price pile
was a 445kg Belgian Blue who sold for €2.56/kg. Turning to the
bullocks, samples at the top end included a 570kg Charolais at
€2.46/kg, a 485kg Limousin at €2.49/kg and a 435kg Angus at
€2.53/kg. Best of the weanlings saw a 275kg Limousin heifer make
€3.27/ kg while a 395kg Charolais bull saw the hammer at €2.77/kg.
Trade was steady for beef and the forward store, while
farmer demand drove on the lighter store. Heavier Friesian bullocks
made up to €500/hd with their weight while heavier continentals
sold to a top of €950/hd with the weight. Hereford and Angus stores
made from €1.80-2.05/kg with continentals making from €2.15-2.40/
kg. Among the lighter stores, a majority of potential R grading
continentals sold from €2.15-2.40/kg with the very tops seeing
€2.60/kg. Beef heifers sold from €650- 900/hd with their weight
with younger stock in demand. Angus and Hereford store sold from