Continued high demand sparks a rise in returns
Continued strong farmer and exporter demand means prices have improved, especially for the better quality lots.
Plainer stock remains a difficult trade. Renewed optimism in the dairy sector for the year ahead is resulting in farmers beginning to lose the run of themselves, with prices rising every week despite the fact that we are nearing June.
Wexford Co-op Mart said dairy cows were up by €40-50/hd, selling from €915 up to €1,645. Prices for the suckler cows were steady, ranging from €710-1,440. Beef bullocks made as high as €760 with the weight for top quality continental types, while plainer lots sold back to €235 over. Stores sold from €190-495 over the weight. Prices for beef and butcher heifers ranged from €175-415 over, with the stores about €20-30 behind those figures. Cull cows made from €155 under for the unfinished stock up to €395 over for the fleshy types.
Almost 400 calves were sold last Wednesday. The continentals were an excellent trade, the bulls sold from €170 up to a top of €420. Heifers made €135-385. Friesian heifer calves made €120-260, while the bulls sold for €85-225. Hereford and Angus bull and heifer calves sold up to top prices of €285 and €230 respectively.
Beef steers made €300-685 over their weight in Raphoe Mart last week. The stores sold for €250-515 over. Fat heifers made from €300 to €570 over, while the lighter store types sold for €230-520 with the €1/kg. Dry cows made €550-1,270.
There was a solid trade at Ballymote Mart. Good continental store bullocks made €400-475 over, while stores sold for €200-475 with their weight. Demand for heifers from Northern Irish farmers saw lighter types make up to €485 over the weight. Heavier stock upwards of 450kg sold for €240-500 over.
Exporters were active for the good weanlings, suitable bulls made €350-450 along with the €/kg while heifers sold for up to €400 over.