Strong demand for cull cows pushes up prices
Demand for dairy cull cows is currently outstripping demand at marts across the country, with large numbers of customers keen to snap up any stock available.
Mart managers have described the trade for cull cows as very strong as the numbers being sold in the marts starts to increase.
Plentiful grass, combined with high cattle prices, has resulted in a significant increase in the number of farmer buyers for cull cows.
Kilkenny Mart manager Michael Lynch said there were not enough cows for sale last week to cater for the number of buyers.
"Both factory agents and farmers are buying them for further feeding," said Mr Lynch. "There is a strong trade for Friesian culls, driven by strong demand."
Some 75pc of the customers at Kilkenny were farmer buyers, compared to 25pc factory agents.
"There are far more farmers buying cows for feeding than in previous years," he added.
"The cows are quite well-fleshed this year -- farmers have realised there is something to be made from them."