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Thursday 30 March 2017

Cattle Marts: Trade remains strong across the board

Joe Healy

Reports from almost all the marts suggest that trade across the board remains strong, especially for the best of the weanlings and the good quality stores. Plain stock was probably proving a little tougher to sell over the past week.

Weanling bulls for export and weighing up to 350kgs made as high as €2.90/kg at Ennis mart during the week. The general run for this weight group ranged from €2-2.30/kg. The heavier bulls as well as nice 250-330kg Limousin heifers were selling from €1.80-2.10/kg.

Some quality Charollais bulls made up to €2.20/kg. Heifers over 330kgs were making €1.60-1.90/kg. Strong farmer buying for suckler cows with a calf at foot resulted in prices of up to and over €1,600/unit paid.

A lively trade at Balla mart saw store bullocks making from €250-580 over the weight, while plainer lots made from €200-400 over. In the heifer ring, the best of the store and weanling heifers were selling for €200-600 over. Dry cows were in great demand with the good-quality types making from €150-340 over the €/kg.

Kilkenny mart had a big sale and quality steers and heifers met with a very good trade. Plain types were harder to sell. The special weanling sale saw bulls make up to €2.90/kg with the best of the heifers making as high as €2.10/kg.

Heavy continental steers over 600kg were selling for €1.61-1.71/kg, with bullocks in the 400-600kg weight bracket making from €1.60-1.97/kg. Friesians and Herefords made from €1.20-1.43/kg. Lighter steers sold in a range of €80-465 over or up to €2.22/kg.

Mountbellew had a larger number of cattle and weanlings on offer than the previous week. There was an excellent trade for store bullocks and heifers with midland buyers in attendance. Top prices for the good continental steers made from €300-430 over the kilo with the best of the heifers selling for a range from €250-350 over.

Trade was steady in Ballymote. Store bullocks weighing 350-500kg were making €200-450 over the kg, with fancy continental types €325-450 over. Bullocks 500-600kg made €300-470 over with the heavier cattle selling for €325-415 over the weight. Quality heifers were a great trade generally selling in a range of €300-565 over the weight. Plainer types sold for €180-280 over. Dry cows made from €100-180.


Export interest across the bull and heifer weanling sections was lively with farmer interest very strong for Charolais bulls and heifers over 250kg.

Bulls up to 300kg made from €250-455 over with lower prices for plainer non-continentals.

The plainer and older cattle in Ballinakill were back a little in price but the good-quality stock were holding their own.

Weanling bulls sold for €250-400 over their weight, with the heifers running at about €70 less. Store bullocks were selling for €300-500 over, while the heavy beef steers made €350-480 over. Heifers sold in a range of €200-375 over the €/kg.

Top-class bulls over 600kg sold for €300-585 over the weight in Raphoe.

Beef bullocks made €350-595 over the kilogramme, stores sold for €300-525 over, beef heifers made €280-530 over and dry cows €420-1,185.

Irish Independent



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