Plain cattle difficult to sell in Kilkenny Mart as a lack of grass dampens the trade

There was a good yard of cattle on offer in Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, according to the Mart Auctioneer George Candler, resulting in a solid trade for quality lots.

But, like previous week’s plain cattle were a little bit more difficult to sell due to the lack of grass.

However, Candler was optimistic that the improved weather that has been seen over the last couple of days may result in a better trade in plain cattle in the coming weeks.

Beef cattle prices remained similar to last week, with heavy steers selling from €2.00-2.60/kg or €400-970 over. Beef heifers traded from €2.00-2.40/kg or €500-910 over.

Sample steer prices:
  • Friesian: 565kg – €1,135 or €2.01/kg
  • Charolais: 540kg – €1,410 or €2.61/kg
  • Angus: 520kg – €1,220 or €2.35/kg
  • Hereford: 500kg – €1,180 or €2.36/kg
  • Simmental: 440kg – €1,210 or €2.75/kg
  • Limousin: 410kg – €1,185 or €2.89/kg

Looking at the stores, steers weighing 500-600kg made €1.90-2.65/kg, while the lighter store steers weighing in the region of 400-500kg sold from €1.90-2.90/kg or €380-810 over.

In the heifer ring, forward store heifers traded from €2.00-2.70/kg, while the lighter store heifers made €1.90-2.80/kg.

Sample heifer prices:
  • Belgian Blue: 700kg – €1,605 or €2.29/kg
  • Limousin: 630kg – €1,500 or €2.38/kg
  • Angus: 610kg – €1,310 or €2.15/kg
  • Friesian: 595kg – €1,220 or €2.05/kg
  • Limousin: 500kg – €1,240 or €2.48/kg
  • Charolais: 440kg – €1,090 or €2.48/kg

Candler also said that cows are starting to appear in larger numbers. The better quality continentals sold for €1.35-2.19/kg, while the plainer Friesians made €0.90-1.75/kg.

Raphoe Cattle Mart

Like Kilkenny, plainer cattle where harder to sell in Raphoe Mart on Thursday, according to the Mart Manager Anne Harkin.

Harkin said there was a good entry of cattle on offer on Thursday, with the better quality continuing to meet a good trade.

The best of the steers on offer sold from €2.40-2.70/kg and similar type heifers made €2.30-2.75/kg. Cull cows in the Donegal venue traded from €800-1,430 each.

Raphoe mart prices:
  • Bulls over 600kg: €755-970 over
  • Beef steers: €735-890 over
  • Store steers: €400-900 over
  • Beef heifers: €490-820 over
  • Store heifers: €350-685 over
  • Dry cows: €800-1,430 each

The Donegal mart also held a weanling sale on Tuesday and Harkin said there trade was brisk for all types of stock due to a strong buyer presence.

The lighter bull weanlings meet the best trade, with lots weighing 200-300kg trading from €2.66-3.20/kg. The heavy weanling bulls (400-500kg) sold from €2.40-2.70/kg.