Portumna Mart hosted its weekly weanling sale on Monday night, with prices holding very strong.
Over 200 spring-born weanlings went through the scales, with over 85% of these finding new homes.
Speaking after the sale, mart manager Marie Young said: “We are still seeing very good-quality weanlings on offer every week. The majority of the heavier lots have now gone through, but the lighter weanlings are proving just as strong.
"Numbers are holding well, despite moving into the second half of November and seeing good entries earlier in the season.”
Weanling heifers between 200kg and 300kg proved one of the most popular entries on the night. Here, average price rested at €2.52/kg across the breeds, a rise of 6c/kg on the week.
Looking at the top third of lots sold in this weight bracket, average rose to €2.91/kg. Top price for this weight on the night was a 210kg Limousin heifer that sold for €3.10/kg.
As highlighted, numbers of heavier stock proved lighter on the ground, but those present were met with a good demand.
Heifers weighing 300kg to 400kg saw average rise to €2.46/kg, up from €2.32/kg last week. Prices in this section peaked at €2.78/kg, again for a Limousin heifer.
On the bull weanling front, there was a stronger entry of these 300kg to 400kg animals. Trade for these slipped slightly on the week, dropping by 5c/kg to rest at €2.35/kg.
Better-quality lots held their own, matching last week’s prices and averaging €2.61/kg. Leading the charge here was a six-month-old Charolais bull that weighed 335kg and sold for €950 or €2.84/kg.
Prices for bulls sub-300kg saw a good rise on the week, with average price resting at €2.44/kg, up 15c/kg.
Better-quality lots of continentals led the show, with average price for the top third of lots settling at €2.87/kg. Top price in this section was a 250kg Charolais bull that sold for €770 (€3.08/kg).
Bulls heavier than 400kg were also a scarce commodity, but the top third of lots sold came into a strong average of €2.71/kg.
Overall top price on the night was a call of €3.26/kg. This was paid for a four-month-old Simmental heifer that weighed 190kg and sold for €620.