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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-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 company in 2015.
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‘The balance of power has switched to farmers producing beef’

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Kilkenny Mart report – cattle prices – 15-04-2021

According to George Candler, some 1,100 lots went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, April 15th.

The mart’s auctioneer reported an “excellent” trade for beef and forward store cattle in both the heifer and bullock ring.

“Light store bullocks and heifers were a very steady trade. All Aberdeen-Angus cattle attracted a lot of interest. Cull cows met a phenomenal trade with the €2.00/kg barrier broken on a number of occasions.”

“It now appears that the balance of power has switched to the farmers producing beef and not before time. Supply and demand always rule the roost.”

Kilkenny Mart 15-04-2021

Bullocks – 600kgs – €1.70-€2.69/kg or €1,240-€1,910/head:
  • 2 AA – 620kg – €1,400;
  • HEX – 835kg – €1,740’
  • 2 LM – 710kg – €1,910;
  • 4 LM – 665kg – €1,680;
  • 2 FR – 630kg – €1,300;
  • 2 continentals – 610kg – €1,450.
500-600kgs or €950-€1,540/head:
  • 2 LM – 595kg – €1,490;;
  • 4 FR – 560kg – €1,170;
  • CH – 545kg – €1,510;
  • 2 AA – 525kg – €1,200;
  • 3 continentals -510kgs – €1,400;
  • 2 CH – 575kg – €1,540.
400-500kgs – €1.70-€2.65/kg or €650-€1,270/head;
  • 2 LM – 495kg – €1,270;
  • 3 FR – 490kg – €1,010;
  • 4 LM – 475kg – €1,330;
  • 5 SI – 460kg – €1,070
  • 3 AA – 455kg – €1,010;
  • 4 HE – 410kg – €890.
<400kgs – €1.60-€2.65/kg or €460-€1,030/head:
  • CH – 390kg – €1,030;
  • 5 LM – 385kg – €1,000;
  • 3 HE – 350kg – €750;
  • 2 AA – 340kg – €790;
  • 4 FR – 335kg – €770;
  • 5 AA – 295kg – €730.
Beef heifers:
  • LM – 710kg – €1,680;
  • 2 CH – 645kg – €1,410;
  • 3 PI – 610kg – €1,450;
  • 2 AA – 600kg – €1,410;
  • LM – 590kg – €1,480;
  • 2 CH – 550kg – €1,470.
Forward store heifers – €2.10-€3.23/kg or €950-€1,500/head:
  • 2 HE – 520kg – €1,160;
  • 2 AA – 495kg – €1,150;
  • 2 CH – 470kg – €1,220;
  • BB – 465kg – €1,500;
  • 2 AU – 425kg – €1,00;
  • 2 AA – 410kg – €950.
Store heifers – €1.95-€2.92/kg or €410-€1,040/head:
  • 3 LM – 390kg – €1,040;
  • AU – 345kg – €900;
  • 3 CH – 375kg – €1,020;
  • 2 AA – 335kg – €760.
Cull cows:
  • Friesians – €1.06-€2.06/kg;
  • Continental cull cows – €1.50-€2.24/kg.

Kilkenny Mart 08-04-2021

Just under 1,200 entries went under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, April 8th, 2021, according to George Candler.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that all cattle met a “good selling” trade with heavier types showing an improvement compared to the previous week.

“A slight easing for the lighter types but forward stores and beef types sold very well. Bullocks peaked at €1,880 with beef heifers to a top call of €1,510. A cull cow weighing 890kgs made €1,920.”

  • Bullocks – €2.00-€2.50/kg or €1,180-€1,880/head;
  • 500-600kgs – €1.90-€2.55/kg or €1,050-€1,510/head;
  • 400-500kgs – €1.70-€2.47/kg or €700-€1,200/head;
  •  <400kgs – €1.70-€2.65/kg or €490-€1,010/head;
  • Friesian cull cows – €1.17-€1.81/kg;
  • Continental cull cows – €1.40-€2.16/kg;
  • Beef-type heifers – €2.00-€2.40/kg or €1,100-€1,510/head;
  • Forward store heifers – €2.00-€2.45/kg or €820-€1,190/head;
  • Store heifers – €1.90-€2.73/kg or €480-€1,000/head.
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.
Mart reports – cattle and sheep prices:

You can see more livestock mart reports here.

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