James Maher of Ballycuddihy gets €2,600 for top Friesian bull

On Thursday in Kilkenny a bigger sale of cattle resulted in an excellent trade for beef bullocks & heifers and a magnificent demand for cull cows.

On Thursday in Kilkenny a bigger sale of cattle resulted in an excellent trade for beef bullocks & heifers and a magnificent demand for cull cows.

It was noticeable that some farmers brought home store cattle that were perhaps not making as much as a few weeks ago .The poor weather and restriction of grass growth is the main reason for the slip in prices .The point that should also be taken board is perhaps store cattle were too expensive to leave a return. With prices of €2.30 to €2.60 per kilo been refused for animals its hard to see how a larger price could be justified .It is possible that if the weather becomes sunnier and milder a few more farmers will require livestock which could lift the price of stores but the increase may only be in the region of €20 to €40 per head as anything bigger will not be economically viable. A special suckler sale on Thursday saw a top call of €2,200 for a young cow with bull calf at foot. Customers were not as plentiful as our last suckler sale with the fact that there is shortage of grass and perhaps money been the main reason for the decrease.

The sheep trade has proved very disappointing with most lambs on Monday ranging from €105 to €115 per head which is €20 to €35 per head back on the price of lamb in 2011. The future for the lamb producer does not look very bright and the extraordinary prices paid for breeding sheep in 2011 will not be repeated.

The calf sale which is also held on a Monday has seen some reduction in prices but continental bulls are still selling in excess of €400. Dairy animals which sold well all year peaked at €1480 for a fresh calved Fr heifer. Maiden Fr heifers suitable for service showed a big reduction in price with a top call of €700 compared to a few weeks ago when they peaked at €960 the reduction of the milk price and shortage of grass may be a contributing factor for the large reduction.

On Wednesday Kilkenny Agricultural Society held their final bull sale of 2012. Of the 155 bulls in the catalogue only 102 appeared in the sales rings on the day. The average price for Fresians was €2146 with a top call of €2,600 for a bull owned by James Maher of Ballycuddihy. Hereford bulls saw an average price of €2,300 with a top bid of €2600 for a animal owned by Sean Mc Kiernan of Cavan. Michel Flanagan of Athlone secured top price for an AA bull with a high of €3500 this bull went to a purchaser from Valentia Island with an average for the breed of €2,386. In the Simmental ring bulls averaged €2060 with a top of €2,200. The top priced Simmental was the property of Matty Mc Donald of Enniscorthy. Another Wexford exhibitor Trevor Masterson owned the top price Charolais which made €3,550 with an average for the breed of €2,875. Limousin was the last breed to sell with a 91% clearance and a top price of €3500 for a bull the property of Gearoid Kennedy Portlaoise. Limousins averaged at €2488 .The overall clearance for the entire sale was 75%

Sheep

It was a very difficult trade for all sheep especially lambs with a top call of €111 for 56kg lambs on Monday.

Butchers Lambs €50 to €58 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

11 51 €2.12 108

25 50 €2.10 105

10 47 €2.21 104

20 46 €2.17 100

Factory Lambs €50 to €55 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

16 45 €2.18 98

26 44 €2.18 96

10 43 €2.26 97

8 41 €2.22 91

Cast Ewes - €40 to €92 per head

Breeding Ewes with lambs at foot €150 to €222 per head

Calves

Friesian Bulls €130 to €425 per head; Continental Bulls €250 to €470 per head; Continental Heifers €180 to €390 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Bulls €200 to €350 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Heifers €160 to €280 per head Dairy Stock -Fresh Calved Fr Heifers €1000 to €1410 per hd. Fresh Calved Fr Cows €800 to €1510 per head

Cattle

There were 700 animals sold on Thursday

600 kg + €550 to €1030 over the kilo(€1.85 to €2.65 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Herf 670 €1.89 €1,265

3 Herf 660 €2.18 €1,440

2 Cont 640 €2.61 €1,670

1 BB 615 €2.36 €1,450

500 - 600 kg €500 to €900 over the kilo ( €2.10 to €2.55 pr kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 590 €2.49 1,470

3 Lim 565 €2.33 1,315

6 Cont 515 €2.33 1,200

4 Herf 505 €2.12 1,070

400 - 500 kg €450 to €760 over the kilo ( €2.20 to €2.70 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Char 490 €2.29 €1,120

4 Lim 475 €2.59 €1,230

6 Cont 440 €2.63 €1,155

1 Char 400 €2.38 €950

Under 400 kg €320 to €600 over the kilo(€1.85 to €3.00 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Sim 395 €1.90 €750

6 Lim 375 €2.67 €1,000

1 Cont 310 €2.92 €905

3 Herf 305 €2.30 €700

Cull Cows -Cont €1.75 to €2.15 per kilo); Fr Cull Cows €1.35 to €2 per kilo

Beef Heifers €600 to €980 over the kilo (€2.10 to €2.55 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 680 €2.43 €1,650

1 BB 645 €2.48 €1,600

1 Cont 580 €2.33 €1,350

1 AA 565 €2.11 €1,190

Butcher Heifers €400 to €750 over the kilo (€1.85 to €2.50 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

1 Char 540 €2.39 1,290

2 Herf 530 €2.20 1,165

3 Herf 485 €1.86 900

1 Lim 445 €2.25 1,000

Store Heifers €400 to €690 over the kilo (€2.30 to €2.95 per kilo)

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

3 Char 430 €2.57 €1,105

2 Cont 415 €2.63 €1,090

3 Cont 410 €2.67 €1,095

6 Cont 305 €2.95 €900

Sucklers - Cows With Calves At foot €1200 to €2200 per unit; in Calf Cows €900 to €`1300 per head