Good week for heifers, light bulls and bullocks but heavyweights take a hit
The heifers enjoyed a good week at the marts, as did the light bulls and the store bullocks. However, bullocks of over 600kg and the bulls over 300kg were back by as much as 7c/kg and 15c/kg respectively.
Steers under 500kg made between €2.30/kg and €3.00/kg. The 500-600kg types were selling for €2.15-2.60/kg, while the heavier lots made €2.05-2.45/kg. Plainer steers sold for €1.80-1.90/kg.
Light bull prices were 5-6c/kg stronger at €2.55-3.20/kg. Bulls over 300kg were back well and selling for €2.35-2.85/kg. Poorer bulls made €1.95-2.10/kg. Weanling heifers made 3-15c/kg in the main.
Lots under 300kg moved at €2.90-3.40/kg with the 300-400kg lots making €2.65-3.10/kg. Heavier lots sold for €2.50-3.05/kg. Lesser quality types ranged from €2.15-2.60/kg.
Older heifers were also up by 3-13c/kg. A range from €2.30-2.75/kg bought most of the lots over 400kg, while the lighter types were up 10-11c/kg at €2.50-2.90/kg. Plainer lots made €2.10-2.15/kg.
Trade was steady for the 480 cattle on offer at Dowra Mart last Saturday but younger cattle were a shade easier than in previous weeks. Weanling heifers under 300kg made €2.00-3.30/kg. The 300-400kg types were selling for €2.00-2.95/kg. Heavier lots sold for €2.10-2.70/kg.
A good entry of quality well fleshed cull cows made €1.80-2.40/kg. Feeding cows were making from €1.20/kg to €2.00/kg. Young suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,800-2,400/unit. Older outfits were making €1,200-1,600.
A lively sale due to the presence of Northern buyers in Balla resulted in the average price across the board being up by €45 on the corresponding sale last year, despite the plainer lots being a bit sluggish.