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Sheep: ‘Sharper’ trade for butcher/factory-types at Kilkenny

Kilkenny Mart – Sheep Prices – 03-10-2022

According to George Candler, some 500 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, 03-10-2022.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that a “similar” trade prevailed to last week, with more customers operating.

As a result, “quality” butcher/factory-type entries met with a “sharper” trade with prices to €147/head for lambs and cast ewes to €160/head.

Kilkenny Mart 03-10-2022

Butcher lambs – €2.60-€2.75/kg or €132-€147/head:

  • 6 55kgs – €144;
  • 13 54kgs – €147;
  • 8 53kgs – €139;
  • 17 52kgs – €139;
  • 17 51kgs – €140;
  • 12 50kgs – €138.

Factory lambs – €2.65-€2.91/kg or €118-€133/head:

  • 25 48kgs – €130;
  • 10 47kgs – €132;
  • 10 46kgs – €133;
  • 10 45kgs – €131;
  • 15 44kgs – €120;
  • 5 43kgs – €122.

Store lambs – €2.65-€3.05/kg or €78-€118/head:

  • 8 40kgs – €115;
  • 10 39kgs – €113;
  • 19 38e – €118;
  • 14 37kgs – €113;
  • 26 33kgs – €94;
  • 45 32kgs – €89.

Other categories:

  • Cast ewes – €60-€160/head.

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.
Interview with auctioneer, George Candler:

George Candler, from Ballintubber, County Roscommon, grew up on a 100-acre farm.

His mart involvement began through his father being 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.”

Read more in this news article.

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