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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-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 firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Buyers ‘very competitive’ in Kilkenny for ‘limited number’ on offer – Candler

Farming News/Mart Reports: Kilkenny Mart – Sheep Prices – 10-07-2023

According to George Candler, a smaller sale of sheep – circa 400 entries – came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sale on Monday, July 10th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that butcher lambs sold to €193/head, while factory lambs hit €155/head and cull ewes varied from €78-€185/head.

Speaking following the sale, he commented: “A smaller entry helped create a good trade, with buyers being very competitive around the ring and online for the limited number on offer.”

“Many sheep producers have sold their early lambs with smaller numbers now appearing, which is beneficial to the limited number of farmers who have remained in the lamb business,” he remarked.

Sheep prices at Kilkenny Mart on 10-07-2023

Butcher lambs – €3.40-€3.85/kg or €168-€193/head:

  • 8 55kgs – €187;
  • 10 53kgs – €188;
  • 10 51kgs – €193;
  • 10 48kgs – €185;
  • 9 47kgs – €178;
  • 5 46kgs – €170.

Factory lambs – €3.30-€3.52/kg or €135-€155/head:

  • 31 45kgs – €150;
  • 10 44kgs – €155;
  • 10 43kgs – €151;
  • 16 42kgs – €146;
  • 12 41kgs – €140;
  • 8 40kgs – €137.

Last week’s sheep prices

According to George Candler, a smaller entry of some 500 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, July 3rd, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that “lighter and less fleshed types were more difficult to sell”.

“Butcher lambs met with a good selling trade as did factory lambs with good cover,” he added.

Butcher lambs peaked at €178/head, while factory lambs topped at €153/head and cull ewes soared to €231/head.

Read more on this mart report.

Last week’s cattle prices

In his cattle sale report last Thursday, Candler commented that “a lot of beef farmers are seriously considering if they have a viable future”.

He asked “if factories want a beef industry” and commented that “many suckler farmers have left the industry due to poor returns”,

You can read more via 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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