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Friday 9 December 2016

Cattle marts: Trade stays strong for all types as heifers the best sellers

Joe Healy

Published 23/11/2010 | 12:42

The cattle trade remains strong at the marts around the country. Heifers for breeding and quality continental store bullocks and heifers were probably the best sellers. Well-fleshed cull cows are also in good demand, while the season's lively trade for weanlings continues.

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Balla Mart had 650 calves at their weanling sale. A good trade for all weanlings due to the presence of export buyers kept prices similar to the previous week. Bull weanlings made €280-520 over their weight. Heifer weanlings sold for €260- 485 and trade for the lighter calves was up by €20-40/hd.

On Saturday they had 957 cattle on offer. Overall reports point to a buoyant trade for all types of cattle at the moment. Store bullocks were steady while the prices for heifers, especially the in-calf and breeding types, were up €10-15/hd, with midland and Northern buyers having to compete with a lot of local interest.

Store bullocks made €240- 475 over, plainer lots sold for €200-370 over and the best of the heavy steers made up to €690 over the weight. In the heifer ring, the best of the stores sold for €200-565 over. Heavier heifers made up to €625 over. Dry cows were in great demand as good-quality lots made €100- 275 over the ¤/kg. Suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €1,000-1,840 for the best of the lots on offer, while older cows with calves made €800-1,100/hd.

Numbers were up at Ballinakill Mart. Fancy continental store heifers and bullocks met with the best of the trade, at €340 and €550 over the €/kg respectively. Heavy continental steers made €350-550 over the weight, while lighter store types sold for €220-460 over. Prices for the beef heifers made €260-420 over their weight. Weanling bulls made €210-400 over, while the weanling heifers made €160-300 with their weight.

Trade improved for bullocks at Ballymoate. Outlying continental stores showing a bit of feeding were the best sellers and made €250-345 over.

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