Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Firm mart trade witnessed amid drop in numbers

Cattle marts

Joe Healy

Published 14/06/2011 | 05:00

Numbers were down at the various marts during the past week but trade was reported as pretty firm in most places.

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The suckler calf trade has held particularly well, with Continental bulls continuing to make €300-400. Friesian bull calves for shipping are selling for €120-150, with stronger types making up to €200 as farmers remain keen at ringside. With the milk year moving on and quota problems mounting, most dairy stock are struggling to exceed €1,000. On the other hand, the suckler cow with a good calf at foot is freely making €1,200-1,500.


The trade at Kilkenny Mart improved this week, especially for forward stores and beef animals. There was also a noticeable increase in the number of customers for lighter stock. Heavy continental steers sold for €1.90-2.06/kg. Forward stores made €1.80-2.05/kg and lighter stores sold for €1.80-2.33/kg. This €2.33/kg was achieved when €700 was paid for a 300kg Limousin bullock.

Beef heifers made €1.60-2.10/kg, while butcher types made €1.50-1.86/kg. Store continental heifers sold for €1.88-2.01/kg. Hereford and Angus types made €1.50-1.60/kg. Well-fleshed Friesian cull cows made up to €1.50/kg, while thinner lots in need of further feeding sold back to €1/kg. Continental cull cows made €1.15-1.60/kg or up to €470 over the weight.

Ballinakill Mart had its smallest sale of the year with 300 cattle on offer. Nice forward heifers held their price fairly well, making in excess of €2/kg. Some good quality store bullocks made over €2/kg. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.70-2.12/kg.


Trade remained strong in all categories at Ballymote Mart, especially for good quality store bullocks. Forward types made €300-665 over, while lighter stores sold for €280-495 over. Heifers under 400kg made €250-430 over, while 400-500kg lots made €250-525 over.

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The best heavy bulls in Raphoe made €450-635 over, while beef bullocks sold for €600-670 over and stores made €200-560 over. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €450-565 over and stores made €200-545 over.

At Wexford Farmers' Mart, beef steers made €400-800 over, while the stores sold for €300-660 over. Beef and butcher heifers made €320-700 with their weight and stores sold for €200-600 over. The best cull cows made up to €500 over. Plainer store types sold back to €100 over the weight.

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