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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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Talking Trade: Cattle numbers tumble in marts, but trade holds firm

In this week’s Talking Trade, editor, Catherina Cunnane, takes a look at prices at Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart, Ennis Mart, Castlerea Mart, Dowra Mart and Tuam Mart.

Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart

A smaller entry of cattle did not deter trade from maintaining on the previous week at Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart, Co Mayo on Wednesday, Thursday, 13th, 2023.

Bullocks topped out at €1,560, while heifers maxed out at €1,650 and cull cows pushed up to €2,200.

According to Teresa Gibsey, bullock prices ranged from €860 to €1,560 per head or €2.34 to €3.86 per kg.

The average for bullocks 400 to 500kg plus was €2.93/kg, a 32-cent increase on June 2022 prices, according to the mart’s assistant manager.

Lighter bullocks 300 to 400 kgs stood an average of €3.51/kg, which is what Gibsey reported to be a 74-cent rise on the mart’s June 2022 price table.

Read more on this mart report.

Castlerea Mart

According to Brendan Egan, some 300 lots came under the hammer at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, June 15th, 2023.

The mart manager reported that trade is “holding well”, especially for quality stores.

Bullocks topped out at €2090, while heifers peaked at €2200, and dry cows led the charge at Thursday’s sale at €2460.

The weanling rings, with smaller numbers on offer, witnessed “excellent” demand and a “good” clearance.

Cows with calves at foot changed hands for up to €2,420, while the calf ring reported a “good” trade with fewer numbers on offer.

Read more on this mart report.

Dowra Mart

According to a spokesperson, a “slightly” smaller sale of just over 300 cattle changed hands at Dowra Mart’s general weekly sale on Saturday, June 10th, 2023.

Dry cows topped out at €2520 for a CHX cow weighing 895kg, while a CH bull weighing 740kg came in at €2400.

Meanwhile, a LMX bull weanling weighing 425kg made €1550, while a HEX heifer weanling weighing 280kg maxed out at €1030.

Read more on this mart report.

Ennis Mart

According to a spokesperson for Ennis Mart, a “bigger than expected” entry of calves came under the hammer on Tuesday, while weanling numbers were “back nicely”.

An “exceptionally strong” trade prevailed in both weanling rings as shippers were “extremely active” in the bull ring. Heifers hit a high of €4.94/kg, and bulls topped at €4.50/kg at Tuesday’s sale.

Meanwhile, calves peaked at €450 for one-month-old LM heifer calf.

Quite a number of Aberdeen Angus calves were on offer, while a small entry of suckling stock made to €2,400 for pairs.

Read more.

Kilkenny Mart

According to George Candler, a larger entry of some 700 lots crossed the scales at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, June 15th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that trade “remained firm” at yesterday’s sale.

“More beef-type animals were on offer as farmers have been let down by factories who are restricting numbers,” he claimed.

“Trade was solid for all beef and forward animals in both the bullock and the heifer ring.

“Most sellers were happy with their returns, with 99% of heifers finding new homes with 98% bullocks on offer selling,” he added.

Meanwhile, cull cows saw 87 of the 89 on offer selling with €1.05-€2.30/kg on the table for Friesian types, while continentals changed hands from €1.60/kg to €2.75/kg.

Read more on this mart report.

Tuam Mart

A “persistent trade” prevailed at Tuam Mart on Monday, June 12th, 2023, according to Marion Devane.

The mart manager reported that cull cows pushed to €2,100, while bullocks made up to €1,880, and heifers peaked at €1,950 at its most recent weekly general cattle sale.

Read more on this mart report.

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