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‘The fact that some factories may be forced to close is a worrying development’ – Candler

Some 850 entries were presented for sale at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday (August 13th), according to George Candler.

The mart’s auctioneer noted that numbers remain large for the time of years and stressed that uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 remains.

“Another biggish yard of cattle with beef-types in short supply; continental bullocks were attracting the most high-money bids.”

“Even though there were some very fancy prices, the trade was more subdued compared to previous week’s trading.”

“The fact that some factories may be forced to close is a worrying development. Coronavirus may be with us for some time to come, so, perhaps, we have to try and operate the best we can before a vaccine is discovered.”

“The wearing of masks is now suggested to operate in all livestock marts and compliance yesterday was about 98%.” Candler added.

Bullocks:

  • 600kgs – €1.70-€2.30/kg or €1,180-€1,670/head;
  • 500-600kgs – €1.60-€2.70/kg or €850-€1,470/head;
  • 400-500kgs – €1.50-€3.19/kg or €580-€1,300/head;
  • <400kgs – €1.50-€3.00/kg or €380-€1,140.

Cull cows:

  • Friesians – €1.05-€1.60/kg;
  • Continentals – €1.25-€2.10/kg.

Heifers:

  • Beef-types – €1.80-€2.30/kg or €980-€1,410/head;
  • Forward stores – €1.80-€2.40/kg or €850-€1,160/head;
  • Light stores – €1.80-€2.50/kg or €600-€950/head.

Sucklers:

  • In-calf pedigree Charolais heifers – €1,400-€1,840/head;
  • In-calf commercial entries – €1,100-€1,400/head;
  • Suckler pairs – €1,200-€1,620/unit.
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