Cattle marts: Buyer competition drives up store prices by €40/hd
The mart trade for all types of cattle remains extremely strong, helped by factory agents who are active for stock fit for slaughter. Competition between farmers from Northern Ireland and local farmers resulted in many marts reporting store prices increasing by up to €40/hd, to prices of €2-2.60/kg.
Calf prices are firm, with strong Friesian bulls making up to €250/hd and lighter types for export selling for €100-140 in most cases.
The trade for dairy cows has eased slightly but suckler cows with a calf at foot continue to be in demand.
A clearance sale of mainly spring-calved Limousin-cross suckler cows, varying in age and with Belgian Blue calves at foot, averaged more than €2,000 at Ennis Mart.
Dairy cows sold for €1,000-1,350/hd. Friesian calves for export made €90-130/hd, while the stronger Friesians sold for €150-200/hd.
The general run for Continental bull calves was around the €400/hd mark but the top price paid was €530/hd. Top for the heifers was €460/hd, with the average closer to €300/hd. Hereford bull calves sold for €250-350, while the heifers sold for €180-260 each.
Heavy weanling bulls made €1.90-2/kg, the 300-350kg bulls made €2-2.50/kg, heifer weanlings sold for €2-2.20/kg, good fat cull cows made €2/kg, while feeding cows sold for €1.45-1.70/kg. Beef bullocks made €1.90-2/kg and stores sold for €2-2.30/kg, while plainer types made €1.70-1.80/kg. Store heifers sold for €2-2.15/kg, while beefy heifers made €2/kg.