Difficult week for the trade with only weanling heifers picking up in price
Ringside shows a relatively difficult week for the cattle trade at the marts over the past week with only the forward store heifers of 500-600kg showing any improvement of note. Thereafter, apart from the weanling heifers, all the other categories showed negative movement of up to 10c/kg, with the heavy heifers enduring a hit of up to 26c/kg for the better types.
Light steers under 400kg were back by between 6-10c/kg at €2.40-3.05/kg. The 400-600kg lots sold for €2.20-2.80/kg, while the heavier types made €2.20-2.50/kg. Plainer steers moved at €1.85-1.95/kg.
Store heifers were selling for €2.30-2.85/kg; lots over 600kg made €2.20-2.55/kg. Lesser types were making €1.85-2.15/kg.
All the weanling bulls showed downward movement. Lighter lots under 300kg were back by 4-9c/kg at €2.55-3.25/kg. Heavier bulls were down by 1-6c/kg and selling for €2.25-2.90/kg. Poorer types sold for €1.85-1.95/kg. Little or no movement to the prices for the weanling heifers saw the lighter lots sell at €2.85-3.40/kg, with the 300-400kg types make from €2.70 to €3.10/kg. The heavier lots sold at €2.45-2.95/kg. Heifers lacking in quality made from €2.20-2.50/kg.
Fleshed stock met a slightly sharper trade in Kilkenny where 920hd were offered for sale. The heavier steers were selling for €1.80-2.50/kg or €620-1,020 with their weight. Lots between 500-600kg sold for €1.70-2.81/kg, 400-500kg from €1.60/kg to €3.05/kg and lighter lots from €1.70-3.30/kg or €300-750 with the €1/kg.
Beef heifers moved at €1.80-2.60/kg, reflecting a range from €600-950 over the weight. Forward stores made €1.90-2.70/kg. The lighter stores sold at €2.00-3.10/kg. Continental cull cows were selling for €1.50-2.15/kg. The Friesian cows sold for €1.05-1.90/kg. Suckler cow prices ran from €1,010/hd to €1,920/hd. Pedigree Charollais cows ranged from €1,400 up to a top price of €2,850.
Store bullocks up to 400kg in Balla were making from €600-920 with the weight or €1.38-3.92/kg. Heavier types made from €1.49-3.27/kg. Light heifers under 400kg were making from €2.16-3.63/kg while heavier lots sold for €1.89-3.15/kg.
Trade was especially strong for cull cows in Ennis with prices improved by €20/hd, with many of the heavy fit lots making from €2.00-2.39/kg. Lighter store bullocks under 500kg were making from €2.40-3.34/kg. Heavier lots sold for €2.30-2.80/kg.