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11 Aug 2022

Normality returning but 40% of Kilkenny Mart sales stay online

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As we enter a new month, and hopefully a more healthy climate, it may well be the start of better times ahead.


Covid restrictions have been eased which was badly needed for the hospitality sector, who for almost two years faced a very difficult time with unfortunately some business not surviving due to the stringent measures that had been introduced.


In marts normality is slowly returning, with people allowed to sit beside each other but with the wearing of face masks very much encouraged.


100% Clearance
Last Thursday’s sale was one that put all people into good humour, especially if you were a seller.
As most people would know Thursday was also Goffs Thyestes Race Day in Gowran which traditionally would stop sellers bringing out stock feeling that many potential buyers would not be in attendance.
That fear was well and truly put to bed with an excellent trade occurring for all types.


An entry of 220 cull cows saw a 100% clearance as was the case for heifers.
Bullocks were also in demand with some excellent prices recorded.


The trade is always dictated by supply and demand and it appears at the moment factories are looking for stock and restricting such as over age, over 3 movements, QA etc no longer apply which is very advantageous for farmers selling through the mart.


Another plus factor for marts is online bidding which accounted for over 40% of last week’s buyers.
Remember if you have animals to sell for our Thursdays sale they should be entered before 3.30pm the previous day on 056 7721407.


Sheep Sale
Mondays sheep sale saw another improvement in prices with butcher types ranging from €148 to €165 per head factory types €135 to €147 per head and a limited number of store hoggets €95 to €132 per head.
Cull ewes also meet a good selling trade with a range in prices from €85 to €173 per head.


Dairy Sale
A small selection of dairy animals saw fresh calved Friesian heifers range from €1250 to €2040 per head and in calf Friesian Heifers €900 to €1300 per head with those nearer to calving in demand.
Our dairy sale takes place every Monday at 12.30pm but all stock should be entered at least a week before the sale you wish to attend.


Farmers should also note that our calf sales take place on a weekly basis with a start time of 11am every Tuesday.
So hopefully the good vibes that farmers are experiencing will continue for the foreseeable future.
Until next week do be careful on the farm and good buying, good selling and good luck.

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