Cattle marts: All stock categories stay strong as heifers increase by €10-20/hd
Marts reported a continuing strong trade for all categories this week, with heifer prices up by €10-20/hd in some sale yards, while farmer and exporter interest in suckler calves led to improved prices for all breeds.
Despite some pressure on beef prices at the factories, the mart trade for fat stock remains lively.
Dairy cows also continued to sell well, despite the threat of a super levy.
At Ennis mart, milky cows made €1,100-1,480 each. It was a similar story in Fermoy, where youngish freshly calved cows sold for €1,280-1,480.
Balla Mart had a special U- and R-grade weanling sale on Saturday in conjunction with the usual cattle sale. With 1,230 animals on offer, heifers were well up and the best lots were up €20-30/hd.
Quality store heifers made €320-675 over. Heavier lots made up to €700 with their weight. Store bullocks made €240-550 with the weight while plainer lots sold for €200-360 over.
The best heavy bullocks made up to €705 with the €1/kg. Cull cows sold for €230-540 over their weight, young suckler cows with calves at foot made €1,000-1,640 while older types made €720 and upwards.
Beef bullocks at Wexford Farmers' Mart sold for €315-680 over the weight, while stores made €275-595. Beef and butcher heifers prices were up by €10-20/hd at prices of €300-615 with the €/kg. Store heifers made €235-490 over, while cull cows sold for €120-565 over the weight.