Kilmallock Mart hosted its general cattle sale last Monday, attracting over 1,200 head of cattle across the different categories.
These numbers are high for the time of year, with a significant increase seen compared with 2020 and 2019.
Speaking after the sale, Denis Kirby of Golden Vale Marts said: “Trade was very steady across the sections, with some very strong prices throughout.
"There is plenty of customers about. We are not seeing as much export buyers, as the majority of stock are secured by farmers and feedlots.”
Such was the demand for stock on Monday, the sale recorded a super clearance rate of 99%.
Demand throughout the bullock section proved very strong, with more forward lots selling as high as €2.64/kg.
In general, bullocks weighing 400kg to 550kg hit an average price of €2.25/kg.
Given the location of the mart, much of the stock forward were first-cross beef cattle from the dairy herd. These generally sold around the €2.10/kg mark.
Continental-bred stock sold better than this, up around the €2.30/kg average mark. Lighter bullocks sub-400kg were similar. However, prices only rose to €2.41/kg.
These prices were generally replicated for their female comrades. In total, 250 heifers were on offer on the day, with 174 of these under 500kg in weight.
Averages for these stuck close to the bullock average, with a top price of €2.54/kg seen for continental lots.
Angus and Hereford first-cross from the dairy proved in high demand, generally starting at €2.10/kg, with select lots rising as high as €2.30/kg.
Heifers over 500kg sold as high as €2.50/kg, with the majority of lots Angus- and Hereford-cross.
A total of 120 dry cows were offered for sale, with a good share of parlour cows now hitting the ring.
Poorer cows straight from the parlour were generally selling for €1.40/kg to €1.50/kg. This price rose with quality, with suckler-bred cows selling over the €2/kg mark and up to €2.20/kg.
A small entry of calved dairy cows were offered for sale, with stock selling to €1,520 and dropping to €1,200 for older lots.