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Nathan Tuffy is the Western Livestock Specialist with the Farmers Journal. He has been working as a Livestock Specialist with the Journal since December 2010 and is responsible for Western news, technical features along with MartWatch reports and analysis. He previously worked as a private Agricultural Consultant, as a Good Farming Practice Advisor for Teagasc and worked on the Small Holders Programme for Sligo LEADER Partnership. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2006 with an Honours Degree in Animal Science. Throughout his time studying he spent weekends and summer holidays working on and mixed enterprise organic farm. He also has a strong dairy interest and is involved in the family farm in Co. Sligo which operates a dairy and beef enterprise.
Heavy cattle and cows were a very strong trade at Balla Mart on Saturday. Despite numbers being up, the trade was very good, driven by a large entry of top-quality lots.
By Nathan Tuffy on 24 September 2017
A little more competition at the marts has seen a slightly positive shift in the trade, but mostly for store lambs.
A guide to special and upcoming sales in the marts in the coming weeks from around the country.
Last Thursday's sale at Templemore Mart saw a slightly improved trade for all good- quality forward store and store cattle.
The past week has seen another buoyant trade at marts around the country. The best trade is for weanlings and short-keep and slaughter-fit bullocks and heifers.
There was brisk trade for top-quality weanlings at Tuesday's special sale at Raphoe Mart.
Saturday’s sale at Balla Mart saw another large sale of stock on offer. The trade was good overall, with lighter stores a slightly better trade.
By Nathan Tuffy on 16 September 2017