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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘The lamb producer could afford a smile after many months of disappointing returns’

Kilkenny Mart – Cattle Prices – 14-11-2022

According to George Candler, in the region of 550 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Monday, November 14th, 2022.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that customers for sheep were “very scarce, but today, we did not have enough sheep to fill the requirements of many potential buyers”.

“All this resulted in a lift in prices compared to last week by €8-€10/head, while the real quality lamb increased by €12/head.”

“The lamb producer could afford a smile today after many months of disappointing returns for their product,” he remarked.

Kilkenny Mart 14-11-2022

Butcher lambs – €2.50-€2.98/kg or €140-€164/head:

  • 5 62kgs – €164;
  • 17 57kgs – €160;
  • 16 55kgs – €149;
  • 8 54kgs – €152;
  • 13 52kgs – €154;
  • 15 50kgs – €149.
Factory lambs – €2.70-€3.02/kg or €115-€142/head:
  • 12 47kgs – €142;
  • 10 45kgs – €128;
  • 16 44kgs – €130;
  • 12 43kgs – €120;
  • 10 42kgs – €118;
  • 14 40kgs – €116.
Store lambs – €2.65-€3.00/kg or €70-€114/head:
  • 14 39kgs – €111;
  • 12 37kgs – €105;
  • 10 36kgs – €105;
  • 12 34kgs – €100;
  • 10 32kgs – €96;
  • 10 28kgs – €76.
An interview with George Candler

As part of On the Rostrum series, That’s Farming spoke to George Candler, a name synonymous with the Irish Limousin Cattle Society and Kilkenny Mart for over 40 years.

George Candler, from Ballintubber, County Roscommon, grew up on a 100-acre farm, whose mart involvement began through his father being the founding chairperson of Roscommon Mart, who held the position from 1959 to 1986.

“I used to read cattle for people and collect cards. When I went to secondary school, I did clerking, reading, and weighing in the mart. I never sold cattle before I entered Kilkenny Mart,” George Candler told That’s Farming.

In 1972, through his late father’s relationship with Kilkenny Mart’s chairman, Mick Gibbons, he secured a trainee auctioneering position.

At the time, his family understood he would take over the family farm in Roscommon and carve a career in auctioneering as an only son.

“Kilkenny Mart asked me to stay, and the rest is history. He [father] never held it against me; he said it is your life, and you do what you feel is correct. There has been a lot of changes on the livestock front since then.”

“I remember selling my first calf. I think the farmer was having a fit and said to Eamonn McEvoy, the assistant manager, why are you letting this young lad up to sell my calf? He said give him a chance.” he laughed.

“It felt like I was selling the calf for a half-an-hour, but it was not. The man got an excellent price for the calf; he was delighted. From there on, I stuck with calves for six months, progressed to cattle, and I have sold everything.”

Read his interview in full.

Kilkenny Mart information:

  • Address: Kilkenny Co-Operative Livestock Market LTD, Cillin Hill, Dublin Road, Co. Kilkenny
  • Contact details: [email protected]or phone: 056-7721407 or see the mart’s website.

Upcoming sales:

  • Sheep and calf sale – Mondays at 10 am with a dairy sale at 12 pm
  • Cattle sale – Thursday – Cows at 10 am, followed by heifers, with bullocks at 10:30 am.

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