Cattle marts: Breeding heifers and sucklers popular in very buoyant trading
Heifers suitable for breeding were probably the best sellers over the past week, with some marts reporting prices for these types to be up by €10-15/hd. Suckler cows with a calf at foot were also selling very well.
Trade for steers and heifers were mainly steady but plainer types were meeting a tougher trade and prices reflected this. Weanlings remain firm.
Dowra Mart had 780 cattle on offer. Strong farmer buying and an increased number of Northern Ireland customers helped the trade. Bullocks over 600kg made from €300-450 over the weight while the good quality lighter stores met a very lively trade, making from €350-550 over. The best of the weanling bulls made from €300-450 over the €/kg. Plainer lots sold for €150-250 over.
In the heifer section, stores made €250-400 over with quality lots suitable for breeding making up to €650 over the weight.
Quality weanling heifers were selling for €250-400 over, while the plainer lots made from €150-250 over their weight.
The best of the young cull cows ranged from €100-300 over. Older cows made from €50 under, up to €50 with the weight. Good suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,200-1,800 with older lots making from €800-1,000/unit.
There was a good trade for weanlings at Balla mart due to the large presence of export buyers. Bull weanlings made from €280-520 over their weight. Prices for the heifers ranged from €260-485 over.
Last Saturday they had 1,110 head of cattle on offer. Overall, there is a very buoyant trade for all types of cattle at the moment. Prices for store bullocks were steady. Continental store bullocks were selling for €240-480 with the weight, while plainer lots made from €200-370 over.