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‘Spring lambs did not match up to our magnificent trade of 2 weeks ago’

Kilkenny Mart – Kilkenny Mart – Cattle Prices – 17-04-2023

According to George Candler, an “excellent” trade prevailed for hoggets and cull ewes with a full clearance at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, April 17th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that butcher hoggets topped out at €185/head, while factory hoggets hit €170/head, spring lambs made up to €181/head and cull ewes peaked at €226/head.

Candler commented: “Spring lambs did not match up to our magnificent trade of two weeks ago with a top call of €181, while heavy hoggets peaked at €186.”

Other categories of stock:

  • Cull ewes – €60-€226/head

Spring lambs – €3.60-€4.00/kg or €148-€181/head:

  • 11 50kgs – €181;
  • 10 48kgs – €179;
  • 5 46kgs – €178;
  • 11 43kgs – €171;
  • 12 42kgs – €168;
  • 10 40kgs – €153.

Factory hoggets – €3.10-€3.55/kg or €135-€170/head:

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  • 20 48kgs – €169;
  • 9 47kgs – €150;
  • 8 46kgs – €158;
  • 7 45kgs – €153;
  • 11 44kgs – €140;
  • 5 43kgs – €136.

Butcher hoggets – €2.55-€3.40/kg or €160-€185/head:

  • 10 70kgs – €180;
  • 7 65kgs – €173;
  • 16 63kgs – €185;
  • 20 58kgs – €182;
  • 10 52kgs – €173;
  • 30 50kgs – €170.

Last week’s cattle prices

According to George Candler, purchasers were “still anxious to purchase cattle, especially quality lots,” at Kilkenny Mart’s sale on Thursday, April 13th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer forward cattle remained an “excellent” trade, with quality lots ranging from €2.80 to €3.40 per kilo, with some exceptional lots approaching the €4 per kilo bracket.

“Quality light store bullocks and heifers are the ones making the biggest price per kilo with anything from €3.00/kg to €4.60/kg being achieved.”

“Thursday saw a somewhat smaller sale in Kilkenny, with some 1,050 lots on offer. We held the smallest cull cow sale in months, with a little less than 100 on offer. The trade in this sector still remains very strong,” Candler added.

Read more on this mart report.

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.

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