Cattle Marts: An improved trade for stores and forward types
MOST marts are reporting an improvement in trade, especially for store cattle and specifically for forward types. Numbers on offer are holding strong.
Prices were firm at Wexford Farmers' Mart last Tuesday, with a fast selling trade for all classes but especially for forward store bullocks and heifers. The store bullocks and the beef heifers made €220-490 with the weight, while the store heifers sold for €205-395 over. Beef bullocks made €285-525 with the weight. Prices for the cull cows varied from €75 under to €345 over.
Demand for the young calves was strong with prices steady. Continental bull calves made €140-395, while the heifers sold for around €20-30 behind that.
Beef bullocks made €460-620 over in Raphoe Mart on Thursday, while the store bullocks sold for €240-565 over. The heavy, fleshy heifers made €310-615 with their weight, while store-type heifers sold for €220-415 over. Cull cows made €525-1,120/hd.
Good R-type weanling bulls for the home trade in Ennis Mart made €1.90-2/kg, while the slightly plainer Rs made €1.80/kg (€250 over). Prices for the R-grade heifers were in the €1.80-2 bracket. The plainer heifers sold for €1.70-1.80/kg. Good Belgium Blue heifers made up to €2.50/kg.
Prices across the board were up by €40/hd in Balla Mart for the 700 cattle on offer. Store bullocks made €250-550 with the weight while plainer lots made €200-420 over. Bull weanlings sold for €300-580 over.
The best of the store and weanling heifers made €220-500 over the weight. Dry cows were in good demand, with the good quality lots making €150-550 over. The best of the suckler cows with calves at foot made €1,100-1,400, while older cows with calves made from €800/hd.
Balla Mart is holding a special U- and R-grade weanling sale this Saturday.