Late grass growth improves sales

Marts: A larger showing of cattle at the mart sales is not deterring an improved trade for beef and forward stores with further gains at yesterday’s sales particularly for quality.

Although grass remains scarce on most farms, there is some recovery of pasture on the way following the recent rain and the predictions are that finished cattle will be tight — and that usually means better returns — from late autumn to the end of the year.

With an increase of 100,000 head in the throughput at the factories year to date, compared to the same period last year — an increase of over 11% — it means a tighter flow for the balance of the year and the prospect of stronger prices for the later months of the year.

There was a bigger sale of 800 head at Fermoy Mart yesterday. Trade for the forward bullocks was described as strong with quality lots in particular showing an improvement on last week. The forward animals sold for up to €300 over €/kg. Seven Charolais weighing 507kgs sold for €800, three Charolais 666kgs made €955, two Angus 660kgs sold for €910, nine Herefords 520kgs sold for €720, and a lot of six Friesians weighing 490kgs sold for €650.

Prices were also stronger at Kanturk Mart where heavy bullocks sold for up to €240 over, with plainer lots selling back to €100 over. Forward stores ranged €120 — €300 over and lighter weights ranged €100 — €275 over. Heavy heifers sold at €120 — €230 over, and medium weight stores ranged €100 — €225 over.

Heavy bullocks were an improved trade at Kilmallock Mart where they made up to €360 over and forward stores sold for up to €315 over — also showing gains.

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