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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Mart Trade: 'More Friesian-type stock than usual turning up at some marts'

Pictures and Prices from Enniscorthy Mart

Weight 390 Kg. DOB 23//09/15. Breed Lmx. Price €780. Photo Roger Jones.
Weight 390 Kg. DOB 23//09/15. Breed Lmx. Price €780. Photo Roger Jones.
Martin Coughlan

Martin Coughlan

The message is simple: the ringside figures for last week show an almost universal falloff in price across almost the entire bullock table.

Lot no Cow/Calf. DOB . Breed CHX. Price €1200. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no Cow/Calf. DOB . Breed CHX. Price €1200. Photo Roger Jones.

The exception is a modest 2c/ kg or €10-12/hd increase in the value of the top quarter of the 500-599kg section.

There was little spared among the heifers either, as the table shows everything below 500kg also fell last week.

Breed Lim. Price €11320. Photo Roger Jones.
Breed Lim. Price €11320. Photo Roger Jones.

The potential for a fall has been well flagged in recent weeks, and the average prices were down from 1c/kg or €3-4/ hd in the top quarter of the 300-399kg section to 11c/kg or almost €55/hd in the overall average price in the 400-499kg section.

There appear to be two issues running side by side which are helping ease prices. The first is that most summer grazers are now full, and while a lot of managers are noticing a continuing good flow of customers or potential customers ringside, they are probably not as willing to ‘take the other fellow out of it at any price’.

Lot no 1000 . Weight 945Kg. DOB 08//12/08. Breed Chl Bull. Price €1500. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 1000 . Weight 945Kg. DOB 08//12/08. Breed Chl Bull. Price €1500. Photo Roger Jones.

The second is the fact that more Friesian-type stock – and that includes Aberdeen Angus and Hereford crosses – than usual for this time of year are turning up at some marts.

The reason for this is that as grass supplies tightened recently, some dairy farms sold on the yearling/store bullock to free up more ground for the cows, and further help maintain milk yield by buying nuts with the proceeds. Hence mart managers have been commenting on the fact there appears to be no real falloff in appetite for stock, but it is price-dependent.


Those extra numbers of dairy stock appear to be generally in the 350-450kg weight category.

This is a factor in the average price in the 300-399kg bullock section falling by 6c/kg or from €18-24/hd, while the overall average price in the 400-499kg section fell 11c/kg last week.

Lot no 1A . Weight 375 Kg. DOB 20//02/16. Breed Lmx. Price €790. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 1A . Weight 375 Kg. DOB 20//02/16. Breed Lmx. Price €790. Photo Roger Jones.

Above this weight the falls are less dramatic at 3c/kg or €15-18/hd in the overall average of the 500-599kg section, with the 600kg+ section shedding 4c/kg or a minimum of €24/ hd last week.

The heifer table is like the proverbial game of two halves with everything above 500kgs gaining ground. The best of these gains were in the 600kg+ section which despite losing 3c/ kg off the price,the better heifer at this weight gained 6c/kg or €36/hd on average last week, driven by a massive jump in the value of the bottom quarter of 20c/kg or €120/hd.

Lot no 13 . 2 off. Weight 485Kg. DOB 12/08/15. Breed Lmx. Price €945. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 13 . 2 off. Weight 485Kg. DOB 12/08/15. Breed Lmx. Price €945. Photo Roger Jones.

The importance of the live shipping trade can be measured from last week’s bull weanling figures.

Despite showing a fall in the average value of 7c/kg or from €7-49/hd to €2.26/ kg in the 100-299kg section, it still sees the overall average value at this weight range from €226-675/hd.

Lot no 1F . Weight 440 Kg. DOB 11/8/15. Breed FR. Price €680. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 1F . Weight 440 Kg. DOB 11/8/15. Breed FR. Price €680. Photo Roger Jones.

Marts Roundup

1 CASTLEISLAND

“We’ve had bigger sales so far than in 2016 but numbers will be easing from now on,” said manager David White of Casleisland. This is to be expected, however prices remain “good to strong” down Kerry way. Six 476kg Hereford bullocks made €2.11/kg which is slightly above last week’s national average of €2.09/kg for that weight. Also doing well were the lighter types with a 404kgs Charolais making €2.41/kg, while seven 347kg Friesians hit €1.73/kg or 5c/kg above the ringside average for the breed at that weight. The heifer trade was “strong”, samples included two 230kg Herefords at €2.26/kg and four 411kg Limousin cross Angus types at €2.29/kg.

Lot no 1H .Weight . DOB 28/02/16. Breed LMX. Price €720. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 1H .Weight . DOB 28/02/16. Breed LMX. Price €720. Photo Roger Jones.

2 TULLOW

Moving to the East and the sales in Co Carlow also continue to be large for the time of year, with trade described as “lively”. Beef and forward types remained strong while stores held steady. The forward Friesian bullock sold up to €2.07/kg with one 700kg Charolais hitting €2.47/kg. With plenty grass customers still after the store bullock, the sale saw Friesians make €2.00/ kg with Hereford/Angus types on €2.10- 2.30/kg, while the good continental store sold from €2.50-2.60/kg. Some exceptional 400kg lots hit the magic €3.00/ kg mark.

3 CARRICK ON SUIR

Weight 340Kg. DOB 12//03/16. Breed LMX. Price €700. Photo Roger Jones.
Weight 340Kg. DOB 12//03/16. Breed LMX. Price €700. Photo Roger Jones.
Weight 397 Kg. DOB 9/01/16. Breed AAX. Price €716. Photo Roger Jones.
Weight 397 Kg. DOB 9/01/16. Breed AAX. Price €716. Photo Roger Jones.

Further to the south numbers have eased back gradually over the last couple of weeks but still remain “good” according to John Curran. Prices definitely also remain “good” at Carrick with six 316kg Friesians making €2.17/kg, while three at 413kgs hit €2.11/kg. Among the more “milky Friesian types” prices ran from €1.61 for 364kgs to €1.98/kg for 405kgs. However the bullocks that really caught the eye were the three 640kg Herefords who at €2.22kg were 2c/ kg or €13/hd above the ringside average of €2.20/kg for the top quarter of that breed at this weight.

4 SIXMILEBRIDGE

The Clare mart saw prices “holding well” according to manager Sean Ryan. This was especially true of the heifer — with four 550kg Charolais at one point making €2.32/kg and two more at 420kg making €2.33/kg. “There are a lot of positives at present,” said Sean. He noted farmers were now competing with shippers for weanlings and pushing prices “for the lighter one to €2.80-2.90/kg with €3.00 also possible”. Feedlot buyers were also active especially for forward Angus and Herefords.

Lot no 2C .Weight 610 Kg. DOB 27/02/15. Breed FR. Price €1300. Photo Roger Jones.
Lot no 2C .Weight 610 Kg. DOB 27/02/15. Breed FR. Price €1300. Photo Roger Jones.

5 ROSCOMMON

Numbers of bullocks were down however the quality aspect kept prices very respectable at averages from €2.22-2.91/ kg. The heifer trade was described as “ brisk” with prices ranging from €2.47-3.15/ kg. Numbers of dry cows continue to be strong at many marts with Roscommon no different, with prices averaging €1.85/kg to a top of €2.42/kg as farmers, agents and feedlot buyers got stuck in.

6 DONEGAL

There was also a very strong turnout of cull cows, with feeding cows selling from €2.00-2.39/kg while the store cow saw prices in the €1.47-2.00/kg range. In the weanling bull ring the 250-350kg animal made from €2.80-3.63/kg, with the 350- 450kg bull seeing prices from €2.50-3.00/ kg with the majority of bulls, in both weight categories being bought by exporters. 7 HEADFORD Bullocks made from €275-808/hd over the €/kg. Top in the purely money stakes was a 525kg Charolais who clicked €1,380. Weanling heifers sold from €2.55-615 with the €/kg, while bull weanlings made from €225-765 with €/kg. Suckler cows made from €1,000-1,250/hd, with cull cows selling from €600-1,280/hd.

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