Who would have thought that after a dreadful 2012 weather wise that this year would turn out to be so warm and dry. The sunny weather brings out the best in people and everyone seems in better form. Cattle are thriving well though grass growth has slowed which is only to be expected as this part of the country has got very little rain in the past 6 weeks, but if you ask farmers what would they have preferred over the past weeks constant rain or constant dry warm weather I think they would choice the latter.
On Thursday in Kilkenny numbers were slightly bigger than the previous week with more customers for most cattle. Friesian bullocks showed a good improvement with more buyers,a bunch of 14 Fr bullocks which weight 440 kilo made €920 which is €2.10 per kilo. The most difficult animals to sell are Fr bulls and store bullocks and heifers under 280 kilo there are limited buyers for these type of cattle.
The factories have dropped quotes over the past few weeks taking advantage of the large supplies coming on the market. The English trade is holding firm so the reduction in quotes does not seem justified. On the positive side animals are thriving very well due to the warm conditions.
On Monday we had our general sheep sale and our monthly dairy sale. The lamb trade was a bit slower with most lots reduced by €4 to €7 per head on last weeks returns.The fact that exporters are not as anxious as previous weeks gives factories an opportunity to reduce quotes.
Hopefully when the next ship for livestock docks it will once again add life to the trade, as has often been said it’s the live trade that keeps the dead trade alive. Our monthly dairy sale saw a 100% clearance for the 40 animals on offer with the bulk of the heifers and cows ranging from €1,000 to €1330 per head.Our next dairy sale will be held on Monday 12th August when we require quality in calf friesian heifers and cows due to calf August to October for export .If you are considering selling this type of animal please get your entry in for this sale so we can contact the potential buyers.
On Saturday last Nowlan Park was packed to the rafters for the clash of Kilkenny Vs Tipperary as everyone who was there said the atmosphere was electric and in a hard fought contest the cats survived.If they can overcome Waterford this weekend which will be difficult but not impossible this teams premature demise will have to be reconsidered. Until next week be good to each other and Good Buying, Good Selling and Good Luck