Complete clearance at Kells machinery sale

The weather of the past week has helped to put farmers in good form as lots of work around the farm has been completed in ideal conditions. The trade for all livestock continues strong with lots of customers around the ring for bullocks, heifers, calves and dairy stock .The sheep sales have seen much smaller numbers with trade steady rather than spectacular. The next few weeks may well see an increase due to smaller supplies which will last until after Easter.

The weather of the past week has helped to put farmers in good form as lots of work around the farm has been completed in ideal conditions. The trade for all livestock continues strong with lots of customers around the ring for bullocks, heifers, calves and dairy stock .The sheep sales have seen much smaller numbers with trade steady rather than spectacular. The next few weeks may well see an increase due to smaller supplies which will last until after Easter.

On Saturday we held an auction of machinery on the farm of the late JJ Brennan Newtown, Kells. A massive crowd generated a great atmosphere and showed once again the confidence that prevails in farming at the moment .A valtra n121 series of 2011 made €63,500 with a Dooley cattle trailer selling at €5,100 with a Welger bailer which worked two seasons at €25,000 with a Kverneland 4 sod reversible plough peaking at €7,400 there was a 100% clearance which proves that if you look after machinery it will always maintain a reasonable value. With customers from Galway, Mayo, Meath, Cork, Kerry and Donegal and all the adjoining counties it shows that genuine items will always attract interest.

Thursday’s sale was somewhat bigger with 850 on offer the trade was electric with cull cows €2.20 per kilo and a top of €3.50 per kilo for light store bullocks Farmers are anxious to source cattle for grass and the present high prices do not appear to put off potential buyers long may it continue.

The Kilkenny Agricultural Society holds its annual bull sale on Wednesday, March 21 with almost 200 bulls on offer this sale normally attracts a big crowd and this year should be no exception.Until next week good buying, good selling and good luck.

Sheep

Butchers Lambs €68 to €77 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

10 59 €2.17 128

11 56 €2.25 126

18 Ewes 51 €2.51 128

10 49 €2.51 123

Factory Lambs €65 to €74 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

12 48 €2.56 123

10 46 €2.61 120

11 45 €2.60 117

11 44 €2.48 109

Store Lambs €42 to €60 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) Price(€)

11 40 €2.50 100

8 39 €2.51 98

10 38 €2.50 95

10 33 €2.27 75

Breeding Ewes - Ewes with lambs at foot €155 to €275 per unit; in-lamb Ewes €140 to €210 per head Calves

Friesian Bulls €85 to €365 per head; Continental Bulls €300 to €505 per head; Continental Heifers €280 to €460 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Bulls €250 to €350 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Heifers €180 to €320 per head

Dairy Stock

Fr Maiden Heifers €860 to €1000 per head; freshly Calved Fr Cows & Heifers €1200 to €1930; In Calf Fr Cows & Heifers €1200 to €1550 per head

Cattle

600 kg + €550 to €1090 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 AA 810 €2.09 €1,690

4 Cont 670 €2.63 €1,760

2 Char 655 €2.17 €1,420

1 Lim 625 €2.70 €1,690

500 - 600 kg €500 to €1000 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

5 Char 580 €2.72 1,580

1 BB 560 €2.32 1,300

6 Sim 545 €2.80 1,525

4 AA 535 €2.56 1,370

400 - 500 kg €420 to €890 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

6 Sim 490 €2.82 €1,380

1 Lim 470 €2.57 €1,210

3 Cont 435 €2.80 €1,220

1 Char 400 €3.10 €1,240

Under 400 kg €450 to €850 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Lim 390 €2.28 €890

4 AA 350 €2.83 €990

2 Lim 340 €3.50 €1,190

1 Fr 200 €2.30 €460

Cull Cows

Fr €1.10 to €1.90 per kilo; Cont €1.70 to €2.30 per kilo

Beef Heifers - €550 to €1030 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 745 €2.31 €1,720

4 Cont 690 €2.49 €1,720

2 Lim 580 €2.52 €1,460

1 AA 515 €1.98 €1,020

Butcher Heifers

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

1 BB 495 €2.59 1,280

2 Cont 475 €2.43 1,155

1 AA 470 €1.98 930

1 AA 450 €2.11 950

Store Heifers - €400 to €750 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Herf 405 €2.06 €835

5 Lim 330 €2.91 €960

3 Char 295 €3.00 €885

2 Lim 210 €3.40 €715