Fall in numbers sees marts post record returns
Published 23/11/2011 | 06:00
The beef and sheep trade continues to roar on with record prices being reported from marts around the country again this week on the back of dwindling numbers.
Old, well-fleshed cows are making up to €2.17/kg while weanling bulls made up to €3.48/kg. Heavy steers were up by €30-60/hd in Balla. Young suckler cows with a calf at foot were making up to €2,000/unit, while in-calf cows were selling for up to €1,500 each. Good quality continental store bullocks and heifers are at €2.00-2.50/kg.
Lambs were also up by anything from €1-5/hd and making from €50-64 with their weight or €100-116/hd. Stores were making €60-95 each, while ewe lambs made as high as €141. Cull ewes fit for slaughter sold for €100-135. Feeders moved at €45-90/hd.