Cattle marts: Fresh heifers in good demand
Published 01/02/2011 | 05:00
Quality stock remains in demand as some marts reported prices for that type of stock to be up on recent weeks. Good continental, young suckler cows with a calf at foot proved to be great sellers. Young suckler calves, including the Friesian bull calves, also met a strong trade. Some dairy cows are beginning to appear at the moment.
Taaffe auctioneers had a 1,700ga pedigree dairy sale in Tubbercurry last week, where calved heifers freely made €1,800-2,300. Older cows made up to €1,700. Heifers for bulling sold to a top price of €1,200, while two-month-old heifer calves made up to €730.
Wexford Farmers' Mart reported that, with plenty of customers, demand for both bullocks and heifers held strong. It had a full clearance of the 610 cattle on offer and well-fleshed steers made €310-674 over.
Stores sold for €270-595 over. In the heifer section, the beef and butcher types made €280-600 over, while unfinished lots sold for €230-480 over. Top cull cows made up to €485 over with the rest sold from this back to €115 over.
Ballymote had its biggest sale since the turn of the New Year. Keen farmer demand led to good prices for all store bullocks. The forward types sold for €300-480 over their weight, while lighter lots sold for €200-455 with the weight.
Heifers were also a strong trade as forward feeding and breeding types made the most and sold for up to €565 with the weight. Plainer lots sold back to as low as €200 over. Dry cows made from €150 under for backward Friesian types for further feeding up to €300 over for well-fleshed cows suitable for immediate slaughter.
Quality bulls over 600kg sold for €355-675 over the weight in Raphoe.
Beef bullocks made €465-745 over. Store prices sold for €200-600 over. Fat heifers made €275-725 over their weight, while the stores sold for €200-520 over. The best of the cull cows made €1,320. Plainer and lighter lots sold back to €445.