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Saturday 10 December 2016

Demand spurs beef returns

Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00

PRICES were up at the marts this week, particularly for beef and store heifers, which recovered by €10/hd and €15/hd spurred on by strong demand.

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There was 96pc clearance for stock at Maam Cross on Saturday, where cattle prices were up an average of €35/hd.

Bullock prices averaged €164 per 100kg up to a maximum of €183 per 100kg, heifers made €143 per 100kg on average up to a maximum of €164, weanling bulls sold for €361-455/hd and weanling heifers €331-570/hd. Cows sold for €410-690/hd.

A large contingent of Northern Ireland buyers helped to slightly push up prices at Dowra mart on Saturday, where 420 cattle were offered.

Heavy bullocks over 600kg made €250-500 over and lighter store bullocks sold for €200-450 over. Store heifers made €200-400 over and quality heifers suitable for breeding made up to €600 over.

Dry cows made from €100 under to €150 over for the best of the young cows. A special entry of suckler cows met a very strong trade with young cows with calves at foot making up to €1,850/hd, while the best of the in-calf cows achieved €1,200-1,650/hd. The older cows made from €800-1,100/hd.

Weanling bulls over 400kg made €250-450 over and the top-quality lots suitable for shipping made up to a high of €800 over. Lighter bulls sold for €200-400 over and weanling heifers made €150-350 over.

Plain cattle were harder to sell at Ballinakill Mart on Saturday, where 300 animals were offered. Heavy bullocks made €270-485 over, forward bullocks €300-410 over, and lighter stores €210-350 over.

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Beef heifers made €280-400 over, store heifers made €200-310 over, weanling bulls sold for €270-400 over, weanling heifers sold for €180-290 over and dry cows made from €1 under to €150 over.

Carnew Mart had a larger than average sale for January on Saturday, where there were 860 cattle on offer. There was a very good selling trade for all classes with good demand.

Beef and forward bullocks made €310-525 over, store bullocks sold for €135-415 over, beef heifers made €225-440 over, store heifers sold for €145-385 over and weanling bulls made €205-685.

Prices for both beef and store heifers were up €10-15/hd at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday. The bullock trade was also sharper thanks to a plentiful supply of customers. The cull cow trade was similar to the previous week.

Heavy bullocks over 600kg made €230-420 over, bullocks between 500-600kg made €160-355 over, bullocks between 400-500kg sold for €135-370 over and bullocks under 400kg made €100-300 over.

Beef heifers sold for €165-410 over, butcher heifers sold for €230-330 over and store heifers made €120-300 over.

Friesian cull cows made from €250 under to €50 over and continental cull cows made from €60 under to €270 over. In-calf Simmental heifers made from €950-1,200/hd at a special suckler sale.

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