Farm Ireland

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cattle Mart: Brisk trading as prices increase at ringside

Joe Healy

Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00

Most marts reported very active buying especially for the quality forward stores and weanlings. Exporters, local farmers and buyers from North of the border and Britain helped prices at quite a few ringsides.

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Plain cattle were a tougher trade in Kilkenny Mart with prices back by €10-20/hd. The better quality types were just about holding their own. Heavy continental steers made up to €530 over, selling for €1.60-1.75/kg, with Friesians selling for up to €1.40/kg. Continentals from 400-600kgs made from €1.70-€2/kg. Friesian steers in this weight category sold for €1.32-1.42/kg. Lighter stores made from €250-410 over, with the plainer stores selling for €100 over the kg. Prices for beef heifers ranged from €1.60 to €1.80/kg or €300-450 over the €1/kg, with butcher and store types selling up to €365 over. Cull cows made from €150 under up to €270 over.

There was a good trade for the 1,250 cattle on offer at Balla Mart. Prices were steady for bullocks, heifers were up €20.

Quality store bullocks made up to €600 over the weight, while plainer lots made from €200-420 over. In the heifer ring the best of the stores and weanlings sold for €220-520 over. Dry cows were in great demand, with good quality cows making from €150-310 over the €1/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,100 to €1,285 for the best of the lots.

Ballinakill Mart reported a very good trade for weanling bulls and heifers with the bulls selling for €630-910/hd and the heifers in a price range of €410-620/hd. Bullocks sold from €280-540 over, with the best of the trade for the quality forward stores. The heifers were selling for €230-425 over.

At Wexford Farmers Mart Friesian bull calves made from €95-210/hd, with the continentals ranging between €150 and €410/hd. Hereford and Angus bull calves were selling for €110-255, with the heifers making €105-220. Continental heifer calves made €135-385. Dairy cows made from €870-1375/hd.

Despite plenty of customers evident in Ballymote for Thursday's store cattle, sale prices were under pressure compared to recent weeks. Continental bullocks around 400kg held relatively steady, making €280-455 over. Heavier lots of 500kg and over made €300-465 over the weight. Light heifers under 400kg sold from €180 to €300 over the €/kg. Lots over 400kg made €200-530 along with the €1/kg.

Top-class bulls over 600kg sold for €290-755 over the weight in Raphoe. Beef bullocks made €335-585 over, while stores made €200-495 over. Prices for beef heifers made €250-485 over the weight.

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