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Catherina Cunnane
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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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Talking Trade: Poorer quality cattle slip in price

In this article on www.thatsfarming.com, we take a look at trade in cattle marts this week.

Castlerea Mart

According to Brendan Egan, smaller numbers came under the hammer at Castlerea Mart’s general cattle sale on Thursday, August 10th, 2023, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

The mart’s manager reported that “silage making was the main focus on Wednesday and Thursday”, and as a result, drew an entry of just over 400 lots.

He outlined that “in general, prices have eased especially for poorer quality lots”.

Bullocks topped out at €1930 with heifers reaching €1750.

The top dry cow made €2480, while cows with calves at foot saw a top call of €2040.

Meanwhile, top-quality weanling bulls made up to €3.08/kg, while heifers clicked at a maximum of €3.47/kg

Read more.

Dowra Mart

According to a spokesperson for Dowra Mart, a slightly smaller of just 290 cattle changed hands at its most recent cattle sale on Saturday, August 5th, 2023.

A spokesperson reported that “all cattle were harder sold” with highs of €2160 for a 790kg CHX dry cow, while heifers topped at €2050 for a LMX weighing 705kg and in the stock bull ring, prices reached €2,300 for a pedigree Aberdeen Angus.

Cull cows over 700kgs:

  • CHX – 790kg – €2160;
  • BBX – 790kg – €1940;
  • CHX – 785kg – €1950;
  • CHX – 775kg – €2140;
  • CH – 750kg – €2000;
  • BBX – 790kg – €1960;
  • LMX – 730kg – €1930;
  • LMX – 710kg – €1960;
  • LMX – 715kg – €1910;
  • CH – 710kg – €1910.

Heifers over 600kgs:

  • LMX – 705kg – €2050;
  • CHX – 675kg – €1980;
  • CHX – 670kg – €1950;
  • SAX – 670kg – €1940;
  • CH – 650kg – €1870;
  • CHX – 655kg – €1850;
  • CHX – 635kg – €1780;
  • CHX – 610kg – €1720.

Bullocks over 600kgs:

  • HEX – 720kg – €1750;
  • LMX – 620kg – €1740;
  • AAX – 635kg – €1600;
  • 4 x LMX – 575kg – €1650;
  • CHX – 500kg – €1540.

Read more on this mart report.

Ennis Mart

Numbers were “up slightly” on the previous week at Ennis Mart, Co Clare on Tuesday, August 8th,2 2023, with almost 300 on offer.

That is according to a spokesperson who reported that “trade held steady all around again, with shippers very active in the bull ring and underpinning the trade”.

“Heifer weanlings are just holding the trade. Meanwhile, there was a larger than expected entry of calves with 50 on offer and a number of these 3 to 4-months-old.”

“The tops of these made to €595, while only a handful of suckler stock available and topped at €1,660 for a pair,” the spokesperson added.

Read more on this mart report.

Kilkenny Mart

According to George Candler, a small entry of some 550 lots crossed the scales at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, August 10th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that “there was a smaller sale of cattle compared to last week, with a sharper trade for cull cows and quality lots”.

“Some beef types met a sharper trade which was helped by smaller numbers. For the first time in weeks, the trade appears to be settling,”

“Perhaps the reduction in beef quotes, which was happening on a weekly basis, may be slowing but restoration of confidence in this sector is badly needed,” he added.

Read more on this mart report.

Kilrush Mart

According to a spokesperson for Kilrush Mart, just over 300 lots came under the hammer at its general cattle sale on Wednesday, August 9th, 2023.

They noted that “trade held quite well overall, especially for slightly more forward stock”.

“There was a big sale for the time of year with a lot of the traditional breeds available both in stronger and lighter cattle.”

“The weather has definitely forced cattle out early, with many farmers with large lots at Wednesday’s sale,” the spokesperson added.

Read this mart report with sample prices for cull cows, heifers and bullocks.

Note – No cattle sales took place in Balla, Tuam, or Headford.

See more mart reports on www.thatsfarming.com

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