There was a very positive mood around the ring in GVM Marts Kilmallock last Monday for its weekly cattle sale, which had almost 800 cattle on offer.
With a number of farmers, factory agents and exporters active both around the ring and online, they ensured stiff competition which led to a 98% clearance rate.
The cows kicked off the trade at Monday’s sale and it was a selection of good suckler Aberdeen Angus-cross cows that led the way.
The lighter cows sold from €1,100 to €1,320 and Friesian cows in the lighter weight range typically sold from €810 up to highs of €1,250.
Heavy cows were an easy sell and the trade for these lots was up massively on the same period last year, with some averaging €80 to €90/head more.
The heavy cow trade was led by a Shorthorn-cross cow weighing 780kg that sold for €1,840 (€2.36/kg).
Angus cows in the same category typically sold from €1,380 to €1,800. The cows met a 100% clearance, which was no surprise when Friesian cows weighing 670kg sold for €1,380.
Heifers also met a positive trade at Monday’s sale. Almost 200 heifers were met with a complete clearance and there were plenty of traditional Hereford and Angus types.
For heifers weighing under 350kg, the trade was dominated by good-quality suckler-bred Limousin-crosses.
Topping the lots was a 330kg heifer that sold for €880 (€2.68/kg). Heifers of similar weight and quality sold from €2.35/kg to €2.66/kg.
Hereford and Angus heifers in the same weight range achieved similar prices, with a group of four Angus-cross heifers weighing 349kg selling for €780 (€2.24/kg).
A larger entry of heifers was seen in the 350kg to 500kg category, which, in general, saw an average increase of almost €100/head on the same week last year.
A suckler-bred Hereford heifer topped this section weighing 495kg and selling for €1,220 (€2.46/kg). Aberdeen Angus-cross heifers in the same weight bracket generally sold from €2.30/kg to €2.50/kg.
While heifers in the 500kg to 650kg category weren’t plentiful, the lots that were on offer were met with good demand.
This section was topped with an Angus-cross heifer weighing 625kg that sold for €1,600 (€2.52/kg). A variety of Hereford heifers in this section sold from €1.79/kg to €2.47/kg with quality determining value.
Assistant mart manager Shane Egan said: “There was a very strong trade for the 800 cattle on offer at Kilmallock last Monday, as 148 farmers, factory agents and exporters ensured keen competition.”