Very brisk trade evident as stock levels stay low
With almost all marts back in action, trade was reported to be extremely brisk for all types, with small numbers on offer everywhere. While any animal fit for slaughter remains very much in demand, nice continental store bullocks were probably the best sellers during the week. Trade for young calves was up, especially for the Friesian bulls.
Numbers of stock at Kilkenny Mart didn't match demand, with buyers reported to be plentiful. Heavy steers over 600kg made €330-490 over, while Friesian, Hereford and Angus types sold for €1.50-1.75/kg.
Fancy stores of 400-550kg met the best of the trade to sell for €2-2.45/kg. Lighter continental stores made €2-2.08/kg, while Hereford and Angus steers sold for €1.50-1.90/kg.
Well-fleshed heifers made €1.60-1.92/kg, or €250-430 over their weight. Stores made €1.80-2.07/kg. Cull cows for further feeding sold from €1/kg upwards, while the better-fleshed cows made up to €280 over the €/kg.
Balla Mart had its first sale of the year on Saturday with 420 cattle on offer. There was a good trade for all types of cattle, and bullocks and heifers remained in strong demand. Store bullocks made €240-475 with the weight, while plainer lots sold for €200-370 over.
The best of the heavy bullocks made up to €700 over. In the heifer ring, the best of the stores made €200-465 over. Heavier heifers sold up to €645. Suckler cows calving in 1-2 months made up to €1,440, while the best of the fleshy cull cows was €1,220.
The general run for the culls made €100-325 over, while suckler cows with calves at foot made €1,000-1,440 for the best of the lots on offer. Older cows made €720-1,220/hd.