The weekly sale in Kilcullen on Wednesday attracted an entry of 160 cattle and witnessed a 98% clearance rate. Fed cattle suitable for direct slaughter proved in the highest demand with up to €2.38/kg reached for the best lots.
Speaking after the sale mart manager Jimmy Walsh said “There was very active bidding online for all classes of stock. Trade in most cases was further on then what was seen the previous week with anything 600kgs upwards in best demand.
“The strength of trade and enthusiasm of buyers is making the online system a more acceptable way of selling cattle. It’s not looking like we’ll have ringside bidders anytime soon so that acceptance is needed.”
Fed bullocks exceeding the 600kg mark ranged from a healthy €2.14/kg to €2.33/kg. Topping this section on price per kg was a 635kg Charolais steer which sold for €1,480. Top selling price on the day went to another Charolais bullock weighing 660kg that sold for €1,490. Also in the running was a Simmental bullock that weighed 640kg and sold for €1,460.
On the heifer front for short keep stock weighing between 500kg and 600kg prices were generally between €2/kg and €2.24/kg. Selling for the price per kilogram in this section was a Charolais heifer that weighed 540kg and sold for €1,210.
Angus and Hereford stock again proved in high demand, with agents and specialised finishers willing to a pay a premium. Top Angus lot on the day was a 515kg heifer that sold for €1,140 (€2.21/kg).
Buyers remain anxious for cull cows with factory prices across all grade holding firm. Dairy cows offered for sale ranged from €1.20/kg to €1.55/kg while there beef comrades sold from €1.40/kg up to €1.65/kg.
The small number of weanlings on offer were met with high demand with some selling up to €2.80/kg. Heifers stood that bit higher then bulls and ranged from €2.20/kg to the aforementioned price of €2.80. Bulls of similar age and weight started at €2.10/kg and went as high as €2.55/kg.
Some of the top prices included a Limousin heifer that weighed 335kg and sold for €90 and a Limousin bull weanling weighing 445kg that sold for €1,060.
Kilcullen mart will be hosting a special sale of suckler cows on 10 February, mostly continental with calves at foot or on the point of calving.