Trade has turned a corner in ma­jor­ity of di­vi­sions

Irish Independent - Farming - - BEEF RINGSIDE -

THE mart trade has turned a corner as the vast ma­jor­ity of weight di­vi­sions from bul­locks through to wean­ling heifers show pos­i­tive move­ment and some of it is fairly sig­nif­i­cant.

Above 400kgs on the bul­lock ta­ble, the big­gest movers were the top quar­ter an­i­mals. This con­firmed the ob­ser­va­tions of mart man­agers from Car­rick on Suir to Manorhamil­ton that the bet­ter bul­lock was the most sig­nif­i­cant price driver last week.

In the 500-599kg sec­tion, the bet­ter bul­lock rose 11c/kg or €55-66/hd as over­all av­er­ages in the di­vi­sion rose by 10c/k.

In the 600kg+ sec­tion, the bet­ter an­i­mal was up 4c/kg or €24/hd while the over­all av­er­age was up 3c/kg.

Down in the 400-499kg di­vi­sion, the bet­ter bul­lock put on 6c/kg or from €24-30/hd which hap­pens to be ex­actly the same fig­ure by which this sec­tion’s over­all av­er­age in­creased.

The bot­tom quar­ter an­i­mals, while not achiev­ing the same sort of im­prove­ment as bet­ter con­for­ma­tion stock, also moved for­ward last week. They were up by 7c/kg or from €35-42/hd in the 500-599kg sec­tion, while in the 600kg+ sec­tion it was 3c/ kg or €18/hd.

In the 300-499kgs, prices were up by 1c/kg.

That 1c/kg in­crease in the bot­tom quar­ter of the 300399kg sec­tion was the only pos­i­tive news on the ta­ble for those lighter stores as the bet­ter an­i­mal here fell by 4c/kg or from €12-16/hd lead­ing the over­all av­er­age price of the 300-399kg sec­tion to de­cline by 2c/kg.

The rea­son be­hind the price drop in this sec­tion is prob­a­bly as much to do with ex­tra num­bers as po­ten­tial buy­ers had a big­ger se­lec­tion of shorter keep stock to chose from as any­thing else.

Win­ter feed­ing

There is an is­sue com­ing into play this au­tumn that has been off the radar for the last few years and may yet hurt the whole sys­tem — the ex­pense of a long win­ter.

Ivan Mof­fitt of Manorhamil­ton mart ex­plains: “Some cat­tle are in off of the land since Au­gust be­cause of the weather. I know men who have de­cided to buy in the spring and not win­ter any cat­tle be­cause they are scarce on fod­der. Spring graz­ing here starts in April, that’s over five months away”.

Fac­ing the real prospect of another five months of keep­ing stock in­doors, Mr Mof­fitt said that the sums don’t add up for some in the cat­tle game in his part of the world. “Cat­tle may be dear in the spring but th­ese men reckon it’ ll still be a cheaper op­tion than hav­ing to buy fod­der for the win­ter”.

Not ev­ery­where has been as badly hit by the weather as the west and north, but there is no get­ting away from the fact that storms Brian and Ophe­lia fi­nally fin­ished the graz­ing sea­son for a lot of cat­tle men last week no mat­ter where you were.

Win­ter has ar­rived early — it’s time to count those round bales again.

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