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‘Lighter Friesian bull calves are difficult to sell’

Kilkenny Mart Report – Calf Sale – Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

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.”

“Lighter Friesian bull calves are difficult to sell with many of that type ranging from €10 to €40 per 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.
Sheep sale

Meanwhile, according to Candler, a smaller entry of 250 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Monday, February 15th.

He reported a “sharper trade all-round” with a top call of €153 for hoggets/lambs with a limited number of cull ewes to tops of €130.

Butcher lambs – €2.70-€2.98/kg or €126-€153/head:
  • 10 54kg – €151;
  • 20 56kg – €153;
  • 14 47kg – €128;
  • 20 55kg – €152;
  • 10 50kg – €149.
Factory lambs – €2.75-€2.95/kg or €109-€127/head;
  • 8 46kg – €127;
  • 27 45kg – €125;
  • 8 42kg – €121;
  • 12 41kg – €121;
  • 8 40kg – €109.
Dairy stock:
  • Freshly calved Friesian cows – €1,300-€2,180/head;
  • In-calf Friesian cows and heifers – €1,000-€2,060/head.
Last week

According to George Candler, some 300 lots were offered for sale at Kilkenny Mart on Monday, February 9th, who reported that cull ewe prices reached €134/head.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that entries climbed to a top call of €149 for 65kg lots.

“A sharper trade-all-round. Dairy animals still commanding excellent prices with a top call of €2,260 for a freshly-calved Friesian heifer. The fact that freshly calved animals averaged €1,880 is an indication of the buoyant trade this sector is experiencing at the moment.”

Butcher lambs – €2.25/kg to €2.75/kg or €138-€149/head:
  • X8 65kg – €149;
  • X7 60kgs – €148;
  • X20 55kgs – €146;
  • X8 53kgs – €140;
  • X10 52kgs – €143;
  • X8 50kgs – €143.
Factory lambs – €2.75/kg to €2.84/kg or €118-€136/head:
  • X12 48kgs – €136;
  • X6 47kgs – €132;
  • X8 46kgs – €45kgs – €126;
  • X10 44kgs – €125;
  • X7 43kgs – €120.
Other categories:
  • Cast ewes – €60-€134/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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