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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mart Trade: Pictures and prices from Kilcullen Mart

Belgian Blue Bullock DOB: 07/04/16, 415kg, price €1000. Photos: Roger Jones.
Belgian Blue Bullock DOB: 07/04/16, 415kg, price €1000. Photos: Roger Jones.

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The Martwatch Team was in Kilcullen Mart this week with our cameras capturing a brisk trade.

The weanling trade was in the doldrums for much of January as a lack of export markets, coupled with the traditional seasonal lull, left the weanling neglected.

LMX bullock, DOB: 21/03/15, 405kg, price €1000. Photos: Roger Jones.
LMX bullock, DOB: 21/03/15, 405kg, price €1000. Photos: Roger Jones.

There are signs now - at least at the lighter weights - that the bull is beginning to break out of the trading leth­argy. The 100-299/kg bull is up on average 15c/kg over the last two weeks to €2.29/kg, which translates into €229- 684/hd versus €214-639/hd two weeks ago.

The most marked increase across the whole spectrum of bulls is in the bottom quarter of the 100-299kg animals with last week’s 13c/kg increase giving an overall increase of €31-93/hd in the last fort­night. That’s nice money on a cold day in February.

LMX bullock, 28/01/16, 440kg, Price €940. Photos: Roger Jones.
LMX bullock, 28/01/16, 440kg, Price €940. Photos: Roger Jones.

But the going gets tougher the further up the weights you go, with the average price of the 300-400kg bull falling 8c/ kg last week after he had gained 5c/kg the week before.

The story in the 400-600kg section isn’t any better, with prices back 5c/kg on aver­age over the last two weeks despite mart managers saying that farmer buyers have ex­pressed interest in acquiring heavier bulls.

BBX bullock, 02/02/16, 565kg, price €1340. Photos: Roger Jones.
BBX bullock, 02/02/16, 565kg, price €1340. Photos: Roger Jones.

Last week’s average for those heavier 400-600kg bulls was back 5c/kg or from €20- 30/hd and ended up sitting on €2.19/kg or from €876-1,314/ hd.

The weanling heifer trade, however, is a different story. Like daffodils and snowdrops in early spring they brought much cheer last week as their prices rose quite dramatically across all classes.

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Bear in mind that the best that could said about the weanling heifer price two weeks ago was that after falling across all classes it was possibly due a bit of a bounce.

Averages are up from 13- 22c/kg, while the top quarter of the 100-299kg animal rose 23c/kg, with the top quarter of the heavier 400-550kg heif­er up even more at 35c/kg.

BBX heifer, DOB: 08/02/16, 395 kg, price €1180. Photos: Roger Jones.
BBX heifer, DOB: 08/02/16, 395 kg, price €1180. Photos: Roger Jones.

The section with the least gain last week was the better 300-399kg heifer weanling who gained a modest 5c/kg but that still is €15-20/hd, and not forgetting that the average increase across all breeds in this division was a very respectable 14c/kg or €42-56/hd.

BBX, Male, 01/03/16, 420kg, price €1040.Photos: Roger Jones.
BBX, Male, 01/03/16, 420kg, price €1040.Photos: Roger Jones.
CHX heifer, 08/02/16, 480kg, price €1210. Photos: Roger Jones.
CHX heifer, 08/02/16, 480kg, price €1210. Photos: Roger Jones.
CH heifers, 418kg, price €1110. Photos: Roger Jones
CH heifers, 418kg, price €1110. Photos: Roger Jones

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