All change as some stock take a €75 to €90/hd hit

Irish Independent - Farming - - BEEF RINGSIDE -

TWO weeks ago it ap­peared that a corner had been turned on the bal­ance be­tween num­bers and buy­ers. Big­ger sales co­in­cided with big­ger num­bers of buy­ers ar­riv­ing ring­side.

Weeks of ring­side price wob­bles and re­ver­sals were cor­rected as the trade at first stead­ied and then headed up­wards on the back of ex­tra de­mand.

Last week the trade gave back al­most all of those gains and then some. Why?

The an­swer is sim­ple ac­cord­ing to John Cur­ran of Car­rick-on-Suir Mart: “Men are get­ting full up,” he says.

It’s a view that ex­tends far beyond just Car­rick-on-Suir with other mart man­agers con­cur­ring and ex­plain­ing that as mart sales have been stronger on av­er­age through­out the year, a lot of buy­ers have “a ma­jor­ity of their shop­ping done”.

While I can see the logic in this anal­y­sis, the cat­tle trade in Ire­land is no longer solely de­pen­dent on just tra­di­tional farmer buy­ers.

Feed­lots and those with


This 540kg, 2015-born cow sold for €950 at Mount­bellew Mart yes­ter­day in a dis­per­sal sale of 55 cows from the lo­cal Agri­cul­tural Col­lege’s dairy herd.

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