Live trade showing some recovery

Prices for beef and store animals recovered some of the recent losses at yesterday sales, where overall there were smaller sales of cattle.

There was an improvement of €10/head for beef bullocks, while store heifers gained up to €15/head at Kilkenny Mart, where the numbers on offer slipped under 400 head for one of its smallest sales of the year.

Cattle numbers were maintained at yesterday’s sale at Bandon Mart, where there was a good trade for quality bullocks, and plainer lots were maintained at last weeks’ level. Heifers also met with a steady demand.

Trends earlier in the week indicating the return to stability in the live trade following difficulties in the beef market were fully maintained yesterday. Trade was aided by the drop in numbers on offer as farmers held back in anticipation of a more settled trade.

The quality beef bullocks made up to €300 over €/kg at Kilkenny with the more general run of prices ranging €250 - €280 over. A lot of five Charolais 529 kg sold for €940, three Limousin 666 kgs sold for €970, two Charolais 638 kg made €905 and four Limousin 616 kg sold for €895.

Beef prices were replicated for 400-500 kg store bullocks which ranged €210 - €310 over, while stores under 400 kg made €160 - €300 over. Beef heifers made €200 - €270 over and stores ranged €120 - €220 over.

At Bandon the forward bullocks made up to €180 over, while the 400-500 kg range made up to €250 over €/kg There was full clearance for heifers, with up to €170 over being paid for the heavy heifers, while lighter lots generally sold at €120 - €160 over, with a choice price of €555 being paid for three 361 kg Belgian Blues. A lot of two 305 kg Herefords sold for €445 and three Angus weighing 330 kgs made €470.

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