Trade for stores varied from similar to last week to a tougher trade at some locations.
In general, the number of cattle on offer were slightly lower but there was a good attendance of farmer buyers with interest in cattle at a price.
There was a slightly smaller sale at Bandon Mart and a good trade. Heavy bullocks sold for up to €270 over, lighter lots making €120-€255 over. One Hereford 650kg sold for €890, a Friesian 725kg made €960, a lot of seven Friesians 673kg fetched €860, five Simmentals 515kg sold for €760, and seven Herefords 433kg €685.
There was a very good trade for quality heifers. Four Charolais 530kg sold for €750, two Herefords 457kg made €705, and a Belgian Blue 385kg sold for €565.
At Ennis Mart there was a tougher trade for 440 head on offer with prices back up to €25/head. The drop in demand and prices was most noticeable for beef animals. Nevertheless an exception price of €1,235 was paid for a 746kg Black Limousin bullock. A Charolais 592kg sold for €1,020, a Limousin 602kg sold for €1,000, four Charolais 679kg sold for €1,008, and two Herefords 700kg made €1,000. Up to €370 over was paid for quality heifers with prices ranging back to €150 over. Two Charolais 558kg made €840, a black Limousin 508kg made €805 and a Belgian Blue 480kg made €850.
At Kilkenny Mart buyers were more plentiful and trade was livelier with quality bullocks selling well and a good trade for heifers.
Trade at Blessington mart was unchanged. Forward bullocks made up to €280 over and heavy heifers up to €200 over.