The reason for that line or division is simple: while we are seeing
the start of the spring trade the number of buyers ringside has not
yet reached a critical mass.
Buyers are not putting too much
pressure on prices or each to the point where some will drop out of
the search for the more forward store of 500kg plus — the most
suitable animal for short to medium term grazing or finishing —and
fall back to lighter weights.
Hence, while competition upped the
prices of those 500kg+ bullocks last week, there were still enough
of them around and enough still left in the price for everyone to
more or less get what they wanted - albeit at that €25-30/hd more.
As the spring moves on, however, prices will inevitably rise as
farmers attempt to combat that curious illness ‘spring mart fever’
with the only acceptable antidote, the purchase of cattle at ever
Friday’s sale at Tullow saw numbers increase with the
price of store’s setting the pace. Top price of the day went to
four red 410kg Limousins who made €1,270 or €3.09/kg and 400kgs
made €1,200/hd. Exceptional prices aside, the general run of prices
for 400kg bullocks was from €2.20- 2.50/kg. Top of the market was
€2.11/kg given for both Simmental and Charolais of 770-780kgs.
Forward stores sold from €1.80/kg for Friesians up to €2.35/kg for
Wednesday’s cattle sale saw 445kg
Limousin bullocks make €890/hd, while Friesian cross bullocks saw
325kgs at €470/hd. Among the heifers €1,100 saw the hammer fall on
a 510kg Limousin, with a 550kg Aberdeen Angus making €1,040. In the
weanling ring a 370kg Belgian Blue bull found a new home at €875,
while a 290kg Charolais cracked onto €780. Among the weanling
heifers €745 bought a 355kg Limousin, with a 290kg Charolais making
Trade was driven by strong farmer and feeder
demand including 235kg Charolais heifers at €600/hd; while 280kgs
Charolais made €640/hd, 450kg Herefords went at €980/hd and 480kg
Limousins €1,220/hd. In the bullock section €850 got you a 295kg
Charolais, while the same money also bought a 375kg Charolais.
The weanling sale at Roscommon saw a trial of strong bids
between farmer buyers and shippers. Weanling heifers hit a high of
€3.64/kg off a base of €2.58/kg or from €400-995 over the €/kg.
Bulls started at €2.60/kg and made it up to €3.66/kg or from
€500-945 over the €/kg.
Last week saw the beginnings of a
spring trade with both fleshed bullocks and stores up in price.
Good forward Continental stores around 600kgs hit €2.61/kg, while
€2.22/kg saw an 805kg Limousin edge closer to the hook. The trade
for that “nice” 400-500kg store saw six Limousins of 433kgs reach
€2.75/kg. Heifer numbers were slightly less but quality lots from
300- 500kgs made from €2.26-2.67/kg.
The forward store
bullock was favoured at Balla last Saturday where the 400-500kg
store averaged €2.38/kg, while factory types reached €2.16/kg.
Moving to the lighter store under 400kgs they were also a fine
trade, with averages of €2.71/kg. In the heifer ring the top
averages of €2.89/ kg were also achieved at the lighter end, in the
200-400kg section, while the heavier 400kg+ heifer averaged from
€2.39/kg. The smaller sale of weanlings saw bulls up to 450kgs make
2.68/kg, with heavier types doing €2.63/kg.
trade for Friesian bull calves at Kilrush on Wednesday last saw the
lighter types make €30-70/hd, with stronger types selling from
€74-146/hd. Aberdeen Angus and Hereford types made from €70-290/hd
with the smaller number of Belgian Blue’s and Limousin’s making
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