Dramatic slip in the price of plain animals and friesians appears to have stopped

The last five days has seen a welcome change for all suffering the impact of the awful weather. The rain has fallen less frequently which is to be welcome but those lovely sunny days have still to make an appearance. At least the improvement in the weather means some silage can be taken from drier land but people on heavy or very wet farms will need at least two weeks of good drying to be in the position to operate.

The last five days has seen a welcome change for all suffering the impact of the awful weather. The rain has fallen less frequently which is to be welcome but those lovely sunny days have still to make an appearance. At least the improvement in the weather means some silage can be taken from drier land but people on heavy or very wet farms will need at least two weeks of good drying to be in the position to operate.

The fodder that is been saved at the moment will not have the same feed value as normal but its better than nothing. The tillage farmer is also hoping for better times but some crops will not recover from the very poor climatic conditions of this summer.

Thursday we had a good yard of cattle which contained about 85 sucklers that attracted a good audience. The dramatic slip in the price of plain animals and friesians appears to have stopped due to smaller numbers and better weather. The suggestion of the opening of live export to Libya is to be welcomed especially as they are looking for friesian cattle and second tier continentals .The main stumbling block will be the availability of boats to carry out this operation. There is also a possibility that sheep may also be exported to this destination if that happened it would put a floor on the price of lamb which would be very welcome.

Last Monday’s sheep sale saw a recovery in the price of lamb with some lots increased by up to €6 per head.The recovery in price is due to smaller numbers and the start of Ramadam which normally boosts this industry.The improvement in the weather will probably increase numbers of lambs appearing which hopefully will not cause a drop in price. Confidence must be restored to the sheep section if we want a viable sector for the future. Last Thursday the bulk of the sucklers been sold were from the herd of the late Jim Fitzgerald of Mullinahone a good farmer and very popular to all who had known him.

Jim’s sudden death was very upsetting for all his family and his many friends who attended last weeks sale as a gesture of support. The event was even more poignant as the extended Fitzgerald family were good friends of the Saunders family who had to endure the sudden loss of Tracy last week at times life can be very cruel.

This week I will leave you with a extract from the pen of Joe Tobin who wrote about his good friend Jim Fitz:

Shock and awe were what I felt

I could hardly believe my ears

To be taken out so suddenly

He was only three score years

What a blow to all his family

And to all his friends as well

There’s no justice in this world at all

And that’s the truth I tell.

Jim and Tracy are in a happy place but there loss will always be felt by the people left behind. Until next week be good to each other. Good buying, good selling and good luck.

Cattle

600 kg + €500 to €1030 over the kilo €2.10 to €2.45 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Cont 770 €2.34 €1,800

8 Lim 730 €2.14 €1,565

4 Herf 690 €2.30 €1,590

1 Char 620 €2.45 €1,520

500 - 600 kg €500 to €780 over the kilo €1.90 to €2.50 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Herf 590 €2.02 1,190

2 Fr 570 €1.93 1,100

1 Lim 550 €2.42 1,330

3 Sim 505 €2.47 1,245

400 - 500 kg - €350 to €725 over the kilo €1.95 to €2.80 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Char 495 €2.32 €1,150

2 BBX 465 €2.52 €1,170

9 Lim 430 €2.69 €1,155

8 Char 410 €2.61 €1,070

<400 kg - €305 to €550 over the kilo €1.75 to €2.60 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

6 Fr 395 €1.77 €700

1 BB 390 €2.18 €850

4 Lim 345 €2.52 €870

1 Char 320 €2.39 €765

Cull Cows - Cont €1.75 to€2.10 per kilo; Fr €1.30 to €1.85 per kilo

Beef Heifers - €600 to €930 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.45 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Lim 720 €2.29 €1,650

1 Cont 660 €2.09 €1,380

1 Char 620 €2.45 €1,520

1 Lim 605 €2.38 €1,440

Butcher Heifers- €450 to €750 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.45 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

1 Char 570 €2.26 1,290

1 Cont 540 €2.27 1,225

2 Sim 480 €2.44 1,170

2 Lim 445 €2.44 1,085

Store Heifers - €350 to €600 over the kilo €1.90 to €2.60 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 AAX 380 €1.95 €740

1 Lim 375 €2.57 €965

2 Cont 360 €2.11 €760

1 Cont 320 €2.34 €750

Sucklers - In Calf cows €1100 to €1350 per head; cows with calves at foot €1300 to €2000 per unit

Sheep

Butchers Lambs €56 to €61 over the kilo €2.00 to €2.23 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

10 58 €2.00 116

30 53 €2.11 112

12 51 €2.12 108

20 50 €2.22 111

Factory Lambs €48 to €58 over the kilo €2.20 to €2.30 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

23 45 €2.24 101

12 44 €2.27 100

19 43 €2.26 97

13 40 €2.20 88

Store Lambs €35 to €43 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.35 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) Price(€)

18 37 €2.11 78

25 36 €2.14 77

10 34 €2.09 71

15 27 €2.33 63

Cast Ewes - €35 to €116 per head

Breeding Ewes - Hoggets €135 to €150 per head

Calves

Friesian Bulls €70 to €390 per head; Cont Bulls €300 to €430 per head; Cont Heifers €280 to €360 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Bulls €270 to €350 per head; Angus/Hfd Heifers €240 to €330 per head

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