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Calf exporters ‘less active’ than this time last year – Candler

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Kilkenny Mart – Calf Prices – Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Some 400 calves were on offer at Kilkenny Mart on Tuesday, February 23rd, according to George Candler.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that a smaller entry went under the hammer, whereas 450 lots exchanged hands at last week’s sale.

“First-rate Friesian bull calves sold for up to €170 with lesser types as low as €10/head. Exporters were less active than this time last year.”

Kilkenny Mart calf prices:
  • First-rate Friesian bulls – €50-€170/head;
  • Second-rate Friesian bulls – €10-€50/head;
  • Continental bulls – €180-€430/head;
  • Continental heifers – €130-€330/head;
  • Aberdeen-Angus/Hereford bulls – €140-€325/head;
  • Aberdeen-Angus/Hereford heifers – €80-€250/head.
Last week’s sale:

Some 450 entries were offered for sale at Kilkenny Mart on Tuesday, February 16th, according to George Candler who noted that Friesian bull calves sold from €10/head upwards.

The mart’s auctioneer noted that calf numbers are increasing week-on-week, with Hereford, Angus, and continental-types “selling well”.

“A bigger sale of calves with smaller and younger Friesian bull calves on offer, which were more difficult to sell as they do not fit the export agenda.”

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“Lighter Friesian bull calves are difficult to sell with many of that type ranging from €10 to €40/head. Exporters were a bit more active compared to last week. Continental bulls peaked at €450 with a Belgian Blue heifer to a top call of €420.”

Summary:
  • First-rate Friesian bulls – €60-€175/head;
  • Second-rate Friesian bulls – €10-€50/head;
  • Continental bulls – €140-€450/head;
  • Continental heifers – €120-€420/head;
  • Aberdeen Angus/Hereford bulls – €80-€360/head;
  • Aberdeen Angus/Hereford heifers – €60-€310/head.
Information:
  • Address: Kilkenny Co-Operative Livestock Market LTD, Cillin Hill, Dublin Road, Co. Kilkenny
  • Contact details: Info@kilkennymart.ie or phone: 056-7721407 or see the mart’s website.
Upcoming sales (online-only due to Covid-19 restrictions):
  • Sheep sale– Mondays at 10 am with dairy sale at 12 pm
  • Calf sale– Tuesdays at 11 am.
  • Cattle sale– Thursday – Cows at 10 am, followed by heifers, with bullocks at 10:30 am.

See more mart reports here.

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