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Covid-19 impacts cattle trade at Kilkenny

Thursday (March 19th) saw in excess of 900 entries go under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart, according to George Candler.

The mart’s auctioneer pointed out that trade was more difficult due to restrictions regarding Covid-19. 

Candler explained that some regular customers did not attend due to personal health concerns. He said that the new restrictions that were introduced were “well-observed”.

“A difficult day trading in Kilkenny for all involved. Prices were not as buoyant as the last few weeks. 

He explained that security was provided for both rings with a ticket entry monitoring numbers which “never” exceeded 80 people. “The fact that Kilkenny Mart has individual seating was beneficial in ensuring that all personnel were a safe distance from each other.”

“All buyers had to be seated as the actual ringsides were cornered off.” He noted that most customers wore latex gloves and hand sanitiser facilities were dispersed throughout the building.

“Not the usual situation but we will continue to endeavour to provide a service for our customers in these difficult times and we will adhere to all guidelines introduced by the relevant governmental bodies during this present crisis. Keep safe and well.” the mart’s auctioneer concluded.

Bullocks:

  • 600kgs+ – €1.70-€2.20/kg or €1,000-€1,600/head;
  • 500-600kgs – €1.60-€2.40/kg or €800-€1,290/head;
  • 400-500kgs – €1.50-€2.45/kg or €690-€1,130/head;
  • <400kgs – €1.50-€2.92/kg or €400-€965/head.

Heifers:

  • Beef-types – €1.70-€2.20/kg or €950-€1,280;
  • Forward stores – €1.70-€2.25/kg or €880-€1,240/head;
  • Light stores – €1.60-€2.45/kg or €650-€880/head.

Cull cows:

  • Friesian culls – €0.80-€1.55/kg;
  • Continental culls – €1.15-€1.90/kg. 
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