Kanturk Mart had its autumn-born weanling show and sale on Tuesday and while weanling numbers were back a fraction, cow and store numbers bulked out the numbers.
Speaking after the sale, mart manager Seamus O’Keeffe said: “We had more stock than we’d usually have for this time of year across all classes.
“There was 440 cattle altogether, but our weanling numbers were back a bit.
“That was noticeable for the top end of the trade really.
“There’s been less farmers involved in autumn breeding suckler herds than usual in the area and that’s starting to show a bit.
“Others would holding out for our spring-born weanling sale next month.”
The sale toppers were breaking €4/kg, with a share breaking €3/kg also predominantly heavier weanling bulls.
Champion of the show, a 502kg Belgian Blue bull, sold for €2,100 (€4.18/kg).
Plainer bulls were from there back to €2.45/kg.
The cow trade was a bit easier than other weeks, but numbers have remained steady.
There was good demand for light Angus and whitehead store bullocks.
Seamus said farmers who would have sold cattle to the factory and now have grass available are the main buyers for these cattle.