Future not looking too bright and no movement on Libya deal

The wet conditions are still causing lots of problems with tillage farmers now finding it very difficult to find two or more dry days to carry out their work. Returns from grain are said to be poor to alright with no bumper crops been reported. It hard to believe as we head towards the last weeks of August many farmers have still to save a sufficient amount of fodder for the oncoming winter. In some wet areas no silage has been cut and with feed prices rising by the week due to drought conditions in the US it has not only been a difficult year to farm but it is also becoming very expensive year as well. The price of livestock has drop quite a bit in the last few weeks with some plain animals been reduced by over €100 per head. If the predicted rise in cattle numbers coming on stream this autumn takes place the future does not look too bright. Quality cattle are likely to hold their own and even though pressure will come from factories to reduce the price of beef it will depend on supply to dictate price.

The wet conditions are still causing lots of problems with tillage farmers now finding it very difficult to find two or more dry days to carry out their work. Returns from grain are said to be poor to alright with no bumper crops been reported. It hard to believe as we head towards the last weeks of August many farmers have still to save a sufficient amount of fodder for the oncoming winter. In some wet areas no silage has been cut and with feed prices rising by the week due to drought conditions in the US it has not only been a difficult year to farm but it is also becoming very expensive year as well. The price of livestock has drop quite a bit in the last few weeks with some plain animals been reduced by over €100 per head. If the predicted rise in cattle numbers coming on stream this autumn takes place the future does not look too bright. Quality cattle are likely to hold their own and even though pressure will come from factories to reduce the price of beef it will depend on supply to dictate price.

The proposed deal with Libya for Friesian bullocks and second rate Continentals has been mentioned as a help to keep a floor on prices but no movement on this issue has taken place.The proposed price quoted was said to be unattractive a few months ago but with the price of plain cattle falling weekly this new market should be seriously looked at.

The sheep trade was steady this week for lambs with animals weighing 50 kg and more ranging from €105 to €115 per head.Lambs from 42 to 48kg are making from €90 to €103 per head with store buyers not as plentiful as other years. The breeding sales have proved very disappointing and even though farmers were in good form (should I say Kilkenny farmers ) due to Sundays success a lot of hoggets were unsold due to lack of buyers.This pattern has been repeated in sales throughout the country.

Next Monday 27th August we hold a dairy sale in conjunction with our weekly sheep sale with an entry of over 50 head it will be interesting to see how this trade will develop.This sal;e kicks off at 1.30pm

It was great to see Kilkenny hurlers back to their magnificent best last Sunday.Our sheep and cattle sales attract many farmers from Tipperary and on Monday many of them expressed surprise in the tactics adopted by the Tipp team.I do not think they were the only ones discussing this matter. Roll on September 9. Well done to Brian and all the team at least you made us forget our many problems for a few hours.

Until next week look after yourselves and good buying, good selling and good luck.

Cattle

600 kg + €600 to €900 over the kilo €1.90 to €2.50 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 AA 770 €2.06 €1,590

8 Fr 720 €1.90 €1,365

1 BB 640 €2.47 €1,580

2 Char 640 €2.20 €1,410

500 - 600 kg - €500 to €900 over the €2.05 to €2.55 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 BB 590 €2.53 1,490

4 Char 555 €2.40 1,330

2 Herf 550 €2.16 1,190

1 Cont 500 €2.20 1,100

400 - 500 kg - €225 to €680 over the kilo €1.45 to €2.65 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 480 €2.27 €1,090

2 Fr 480 €1.47 €705

2 AA 460 €1.80 €830

4 Char 415 €2.63 €1,090

<400 kg €250 to €610 over the kilo €1.65 to €2.70 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Lim 395 €2.53 €1,000

11 Fr 385 €1.71 €660

2 Char 360 €2.14 €770

3 Char 335 €2.66 €890

Cull Cows -Fr €1.00 to €1.85 per kilo; Cont €1.40 to €2.05 per kilo

Beef Heifers €550 to €900 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.40 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

3 Lim 795 €2.11 €1,680

1 Cont 640 €2.36 €1,510

1 Char 595 €2.37 €1,410

1 AA 535 €2.24 €1,200

Butcher Heifers €420 to €665 over the kilo €1.85 to €2.25 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

1 Char 570 €2.11 1,200

1 AA 545 €2.06 1,120

1 AA 535 €2.24 1,200

1 Herf 480 €1.88 900

Store Heifers - €250 to €470 over the kilo €1.75 to €2.20 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Char 420 €2.11 €885

2 Lim 415 €2.16 €895

1 Herf 350 €1.77 €620

2 Cont 325 €1.82 €590

Sucklers - Cows with calves at foot €1200 to €1650 per unit; in-calf cows and heifers €1,000 to €1,350 per head; weanlings bulls €2.10 to €2.80 per kilo; weanlings heifers €2 to €2.50 per kilo.

Sheep

Butchers Lambs - €55 to €62 over the klo €2.10 to €2.20 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

10 54 €2.13 115

46 52 €2.19 114

23 50 €2.20 110

11 47 €2.19 103

Factory Lambs - €45 to €55 over the kilo €2.10 to €2.22 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

22 45 €2.20 99

24 44 €2.20 97

10 43 €2.21 95

10 42 €2.14 90

Store Lambs - €35 to 45 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.18 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) Price(€)

10 38 €2.11 80

16 36 €2.17 78

12 35 €2.09 73

11 33 €2.12 70

Cast Ewes - €40 to €104 per head

Breeding Ewes - hoggets €130 to €170 per head