Even Friesians mnore sought after

Last week as I sat in the barbers getting a trim on the last few remaining strands of hair that have remained with me one of the ladies mentioned that Christmas was only seven weeks away a fact I found hard to comprehend.For many people this will be a happy time but for others it will prove very difficult especially in the present financial crisis.

Last week as I sat in the barbers getting a trim on the last few remaining strands of hair that have remained with me one of the ladies mentioned that Christmas was only seven weeks away a fact I found hard to comprehend.For many people this will be a happy time but for others it will prove very difficult especially in the present financial crisis.

Christmas is a time for families, children and thinking of others less fortunate who may well need a little help to make this festive time more bearable.Readers you can help. The Kilkenny Lions Club in conjunction with the Kilkenny People and KCLR will hold its annual hamper appeal which raises funds for the St Vincent De Paul Society. Lots of items will be auctioned and the two special Farm Programmes will be on Thursday, December 6 and December 13 from 7 to 8 pm. You can support this cause by bidding on items that appear in the Kilkenny People or if you would like to get involved I would love to hear from you. With your help we can make Christmas a little more bearable for those in need so please get involved you will feel better.

Our sale on Thursday was a little smaller than the previous with trade remaining similar especially for quality lots. The trade for plain lots has steadied somewhat with even Friesians more sought after especially the British Friesian type.Heifer numbers have remained small which has kept demand firm.With Christmas approaching trade should steady and in some cases a lift in prices may well happen. Weanling numbers were smaller on Tuesday in Kilkenny with heavy lots much sought after but very scarce. The quality bull from 300 to 360 kilo is ranging from €2.30 to €2.80 per kilo with the exceptional lot getting into €3 per kilo.

The sheep trade has remain disappointing and needs a boast for all involved in this section of farming. With feed costs so expensive it is taking a lot of money to put flesh on lambs. Today’s lamb sale was very disappointing with prices the worst they have been in over 3 years, returns like today will not encourage too many to remain in sheep production. Our next Dairy Sale takes place on Monday, November 19 and will be in conjunction with our weekly sheep sale entries for this sale closes on Tuesday, November 13. Until next week take care of each other and good buying, good selling and good luck.

Cattle

A somewhat smaller sale of cattle with trade similar to last week. Heavy bullocks made up to €2.35 per kilo. A small supply of heifers meet a lively trade especially quality lots. 600 kg + €500 to €850 over the kilo €1.85 to €2.35 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Herf 830 €1.88 €1,560

4 Char 780 €2.15 €1,680

1 Fr 760 €1.92 €1,460

2 Lim 620 €2.29 €1,420

500 - 600 kg €450 to €750 over the kilo €1.85 to €2.40 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

5 Cont 590 €2.24 1,320

4 Lim 570 €2.23 1,270

4 Char 550 €2.36 1,300

2 Herf 530 €2.17 1,150

400 - 500 kg €350 to €650 over the kilo €1.75 to €2.45 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

12 Fr 485 €1.82 €885

4 AA 470 €1.83 €860

2 Lim 450 €2.44 €1,100

2 Cont 435 €2.05 €890

<400 kg €320 to €600 over the kilo €1.75 to €2.50 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

8 Char 390 €2.54 €990

4 AA 385 €1.87 €720

1 Lim 375 €2.31 €865

1 Cont 330 €2.21 €730

Cull Cows - Fr €1.20 to €1.80 per kilo; Cont €1.50 to €2.05 per kilo

Beef Heifers €480 to €850 over the kilo €2.15 to €2.40 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Lim 670 €2.19 €1,470

1 Cont 600 €2.30 €1,380

1 Char 580 €2.38 €1,380

4 Cont 540 €2.26 €1,220

Butcher Heifers €360 to €680 over the kilo €1.80 to €2.30 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

3 Cont 530 €2.23 1,180

2 Herf 500 €2.10 1,050

3 Sim 485 €2.14 1,040

1 Herf 465 €1.83 850

Store Heifers €220 to €500 over the kilo €1.60 to €2.50 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

7 Cont 410 €2.20 €900

2 Cont 350 €2.49 €870

4 AA 335 €1.67 €560

9 Sim 245 €2.45 €600