So while the top of the
continentals were 51-76c/kg or from €306-456/hd ahead of the
Friesians last week, there is good reason why that is. The other
major movers last week were in the far lighter 300- 399kg section
where average prices rose by 15c/kg, or from €45-60/hd, with the
better quality animal in the top quarter, the major driver rising
as he did by €16c/kg or €48-64/hd.
Compared with the those heavier
600kg animals above, there is a noticeable difference between the
better continental and the poorer made Friesian. The former is at
€2.84/kg or €852-1,133 versus at €1.44/kg for the latter.
To put it
another way, you almost get two Friesians for every continental.
Once you move into the middle ground between those lighter stock
and the heavy factory types, last week’s mart prices saw a share of
downward pressure with the 400-499kg bullock faring worst.
prices in this section fell by 4c/kg or €16-20/hd but the poorer
quality animal took a hit of 12c/kg or from €48-60/ hd.
made comrade gained 9c/kg or €36-45/hd. Moving into the 500-599kg
section, prices stabilised although the better bullock here eased
back by 3c/kg or from €15-18/hd, while the overall average price
and that of the bottom quarter remained unchanged on the previous
1 NEW ROSS
Trade at New Ross was similar to the previous week with
beef and forward stores selling from €535-890 with the €/kg for
Hereford and Angus types, and Hereford and Angus stores selling
from €400-800 with the weight. Heavy Friesian bullocks sold from
€370-615 over the €/kg, while lighter Friesian stores made from
€175-400 over the €/kg. Beef and butchers’ heifers made from
€535-875 with the €/kg, while plainer Hereford and Angus stores
made in the region of €370 with their weight. The better store made
up to €725 with her weight. Beef cows sold from €380-815 over the
€/kg with lighter feeding cows made from €140-400 over the €/kg.
A special sale of dry cows and heifers brought a buzz to
Ballymote last week. The 400-500kg heifers made from €520-800 over
the €/kg, while the heavier 500-600kg ladies saw €630-800 over the
€/kg with that top price going to a 500kg Belgian Blue at €1,300.
The dry cows saw store continental types making from €100-300 over
the €/kg, with heavier types hitting from €400-965 with the €/kg.
Dairy cows ranged from €50-300 over their weight.
was “lively” at Delvin last week with bullocks under 400kg making
from €1.35-2.58/kg, while at the other end the average price of the
650kg+ bullock ran from €1.91-2.16/kg. In between at €2.15/ kg you
had some nice 420kg Limousins, or at €2.07/kg a 555kg Belgian Blue.
If you had a black and white licence and a mind to, you could go
home with Friesians in the 500-550kg bracket at prices from €1.43-
There were good numbers on offer at Roscommon
last week with the trade for bullocks reported as improved.
Bullocks ranged from €2.23-2.53/kg with heifers averaging from
€2.25-2.48/kg. Trade for the dry cow was also better with prices
ranging from €1.62-1.80/kg.
Heifers from 300-400kg made
from €1.80-3.00/kg, while those from 400- 500kg made from
€1.80-2.70/kg with the top of those over 500kg being €2.50/ kg.
Weanling heifers made from €2-3.30/ kg with weanling bulls under
300kg making from €1.80-3.40/kg. Bulls from 300-400kg made from
€1.70-3.10/kg. Cull cows made €1.70-2.10 with the best feeding cows
Carnew’s 36th annual fat stock show saw
factory and northern buyers compete very strongly across all
categories, but especially for beef bullocks at prices from
€700-1050 over the €/kg. Among the continental stores, prices ran
from €550- 900 over the €/kg with Friesian feeding bulls making
from €550-870 over the €/ kg. In the weanling ring, export quality
bulls made from €2.70-3.57/kg with feeding bulls making from
€550-870 over the €/kg.
The trade at Tullow’s show and
sale, which was the day before Carnew’s Saturday sale, was no less
strong with beef meeting a “blazing trade”. Factory and northern
buyers had a type of “knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out” contest with
prices from €720-1,000 with the €/kg. The store trade was no less
strong with prices running here from €300-1,000 with the €/kg. The
weanling trade saw farmers and exporters clash at up to €3/kg for
the tops, with feeding bulls making from €2.20-2.75/kg.