Booming trade continues as most prices hit record levels
Even old stock at €2.17/hd as Kilkenny up €10-15/hd
There is no let up to the booming mart trade for cattle. Sales throughout the past week reported record prices and lively demand for all categories of stock.
One manager remarked in jest that you have a poor animal now if you are failing to get €2/kg, but there is an element of truth in what he said because, while we have made big news recently of cull cows making up to €2/kg, we now see some marts reporting prices for old, well-fleshed cows of up to €2.17.
Young suckler cows with a calf at foot were making €1,500-2,000/unit, while in-calf cows were selling for €1,000-1,500.
Good quality continental store bullocks and heifers are at €2-2.50/kg. Heavy types were commanding €2-2.40/kg. Weanlings were generally making €1.80-2.40/kg depending on breed, weight and quality.
Kilkenny saw prices up by €10-15/hd, with an excellent trade all round for the 710 cattle offered for sale. Heavy continental steers over 600kg were selling for €2-2.36/kg. The 400-600kg coloured lots were making €2.18-2.48/kg. Lighter bullocks made €2.25-2.77/kg, with Friesian stores selling up to €1.90/kg. Factory heifers were selling for €-2.28/kg. Butcher types were making €1.90-2.17/kg. Stores were at €1.98-2.25/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,250-1,700/unit. In-calf cows made €1,000-1,480. Continental cull cows made €1.60-2.17/kg, with Friesian cows at €1.23-1.65/kg.
A good selling trade with prices well maintained, especially for the quality cattle, was the report from Ballinakill. The heavy steers made €1.85-2.35/kg. Forward stores moved for €1.80-2.30/kg while the lighter types sold for €1.78-2.60/kg. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €1.90-2.30/kg, while the stores made €1.75-2.40/kg.
Bullocks under 500kg at Ballymote made €400-625 over the €/kg, with the heavier types selling for €450-740 over. Light heifers up to 400kg made €300-632 with the weight, while the 400-500kg lots sold for €350-750 over. Heavy heifers made more than €400, with some quality types suitable for breeding making up as high as €915 over. Weanling bulls weighing 200-300kg made €355-585 over. The 300-400kg lots sold for €400-715 with the weight, while the heavier bulls made up to €770 over.
Springing sucklers made €1,260-1,690.