Fewer numbers and slower trade in many marts
FINE weather, hay, silage and busy farmers have led to reduced numbers of stock at the marts over the past week and the trade also suffered a bit in places.
Balla Mart had a special sale last Saturday with 750 lots on offer. Exporters and Northern buyers were very active with some excellent prices paid for suitable lots, especially the top bulls. Prices for the heavy bullocks were up €20-25 on the previous week.
Bullocks averaged from €1.63-1.77/kg while heifers were making €1.70-1.84/kg. Bull weanlings averaged €1.90-2.33/kg.
Up in Raphoe Mart, top-class bulls over 600kg were making €445-655 over the weight.
Beef bullocks sold for €355-515 over with the store bullocks selling in a range of €250-495 over.
The better type beef heifers made up to €515 over with the plainer types selling back to €250 over. Store heifers ranged from €200-390 over and dry cows sold from €530 to €1,095 each.
Ballinakill Mart reported a small but good sale. Heavy bullocks made €1.62-1.80/kg. Stores sold from €1.14 for the lighter, plainer type up to €2.15 for the good-quality light store.
Nice store heifers sold up to €2/kg with the plainer heifers selling back to €1.30/kg. Good weanling bulls and heifers sold to €2.05 and €2.10/kg respectively.