Above this weight the mood is all positive. The 400-499kg bullock was up 6c/kg on average or €24-30/hd, while the 500-599kg bullock's average remained steady at €2.11/kg, despite the better bullock at this weight dropping 5c/kg or €25-30/hd. The 600kg+ bullock continued the good news gaining 2c/kg on average while the better bullock at this weight put on 3c/kg or a minimum of €18/hd.
The heifer also had a good week, with averages in the various weight divisions either staying static as in the case of the 350-399kg section or showing a modest increase, as in the case of both the 400-499kg and 500-599kg sections, of 2c/kg which is a cumulative rise of €8-12/hd, while the 600kg+ heifers overall average rose 4c/kg or €24/hd.
The bottom quarter of the 600kg+ heifer table also shows the biggest movement in any of the bullock or heifer sections, up 20c/kg to €2.09/kg. Looking at that 600kg+ bottom quarter heifer, she has risen from a value of €1.55/kg or €930/hd three weeks ago to €1,254/hd last week. Nice work if you can get it.
Prices held firm, with forward stores and cull cows in
strong demand, while the weanling trade continued to push forward
on the back of both export and farmer demand. In the bullock ring
nothing much at the top end slipped below €2.40 for forward
continentals, with a 550kg Limousin making €2.43; €2.65/kg bought
his 470kg comrade. Closer to the hook, a 635kg Angus made €2.10/kg
with a 710kg Angus also clocking €2.10/kg. The weanling trade saw
both farmer and exporter competition with some choice prices
achieved: a 270kg Charolais hit €3.33/kg while a 415kg Limousin
John O’Hanlon reckons his trade was “a
little easier” but also noted that numbers are staying “steady” —
2016-born bullocks typically made from €2.50-2.80/kg, with a 465kg
Charolais topping the tree at €3.25/kg. The heavier ‘short keep
bullock’ was steady at €1.94-2.45/kg with the top grades making up
to €2.52/kg. Store heifers saw their prices typically range from
€2.30-2.70/kg with their top price being €2.81/kg as paid for a
355kg Charolais. Weanling bulls up to 300kg averaged €2.70/kg, with
the 300-500kg category topping out at €2.75/kg.
Demand for cows suitable for finishing was strong, with a 566kg
Limousin making €2.29/kg and a 529kg Charolais making €2.21, while
€1.70/kg bought a 653kg Friesian. Among the heifers two red
Limousins, one at 301kg the other 322kg, made €2.57 and 2.62/kg
respectively, while the hammer fell for a 463/kg Charolais at
€2.27/kg. The bull weanling trade saw continental types make from
€2.73/kg back to €2.28/kg, with shippers for Turkey active. A
selection of O and P-type Friesian bullocks also got on well,
weighting from 450-481kgs they made from €1.71-1.87/kg.
Trade for cows was strong with prices averaging
€1,130/hd to a top of €1,745. The bullock trade saw a top price of
€2.91/kg paid for a 395kg Aberdeen Angus, while the overall average
price of €2.30/kg was more typically in the heavier weights as
illustrated by a 660kg Charolais who made €2.30/kg and a 645kg
Angus who made €2.32/kg. In the heifer ring, prices averaged
€2.35/kg with the top price of €2.88/kg achieved by a 305kg
The recent rains were reckoned to have
helped the trade as farmers judged potential grass growth as a
result. Heavy bullocks sold from €2.00-2.40/kg with the forward
store selling from €2.10-2.75/kg while lighter continental stores
sold from €2.25-2.85/kg. Store heifers made from €2.20-2.85/kg with
beefier types making from €2.15-2.85/kg. The weanling market saw
bulls range from €2.20-3.05/kg with heifers €2.30-3.20/kg. Dry cows
made sold from €1.45-2.15/kg
There was a good entry of
stock, with trade “excellent” across the board with even the
plainer types seeing brisk bidding. Bullocks sold from
€2.20-2.70/kg while bulls hit a top of €2.80/kg off a base of
€2.20/kg. Heifers made from €2.10-2.80, and the range in prices for
cull cows was €600-1,520/hd.
Store bullocks up to 400kgs
averaged €2.76/kg with a top price of €2.91/kg paid for a 395kg
April 2016-born Charolais. In the 400-500kg section prices averaged
€2.31/ kg with the top price €2.81/kg for a 495kg Belgian Blue.
Over 500kgs trade was equally strong as the potential of the
shorter keep quality animal drove the average price to €2.28/kg
with a top price of €2.73/kg paid for a 640kg April 2015-born