Cattle marts: Prices healthy in lively trade
Dairy stock, suck calves and forward continental-type steers were the better sellers at a lively mart trade all round over the past week. The quality forward stores freely made in excess of €2/kg.
Ballinakill had 450hd of stock at their sale. Outlying stores met with a great demand and sold up to €650 over their weight due to competition between local and Northern Ireland farmers. Heavy steers typically sold for €1.80-2.10/kg. Stores made €1.50-2.00/kg. The well-fleshed heifers and the weanling bulls made €1.70-2.05/kg. Store heifers made €1.60-2.00/kg, while the weanling heifers sold for €1.20-1.80/kg.
Kilkenny had 900 cattle on offer with excellent trade. Heavy continental steers made €1.88-1.98c/kg. Friesian and Hereford steers sold for €1.40-1.56/kg. Forward store bullocks made €1.66-2.22/kg. Herefords made up to €1.88/kg. Light stores sold for €2-2.31/kg. Angus and Friesians made €1.30-1.48/kg.
In the heifer ring, the beefy types made up to €2/kg. Butcher heifers sold for €1.60-1.84/kg. Prices for the stores varied from €1.40-2.31/kg, with this latter price reflecting €900/hd paid for a 390kg Limousin heifer.
Friesian cull cows made €1.10-1.45/kg. Continental lots sold from €1.20-1.75/kg.
The best of the trade at Balla Mart was for the good heavy continental bullocks, with prices up by €50/hd selling to a top price of €1,005 over the weight. Stores made €240-585 over.
Demand for heifers was weaker but continental types still sold for €420-645 over. Bull weanlings made €320-520 with their weight, while the weanling heifers sold for €280-580 over the €1/kg. Suckler cows made €720-1,700/unit.
Balla's weanling sales will be moving to a Tuesday evening sale from March 29.