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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Good week for weanling bulls and the heavier lots

Weanling bulls
Weanling bulls

Joe Healy

Ringside shows a good week for the weanling bulls, the light weanling heifers under 300kg, the heavier lots over 400kg and the heavy heifers.

The heifers under 500kg and weanling heifers between 300-4000kg were back by 2-10c/kg while most of the steers were also back by 1-5c/kg. Steers up to 500kg sold for 180-235c/kg with plainer lots making from 120-140c/kg, Heavier steers sold for 175-210c/kg. Poorer lots made from 140-150c/kg.

A range from 190-230c bought most of the store heifers while the better fleshed types made from 230-290c/kg. Lesser heifers sold for 160-175c/kg.

All weights of bulls enjoyed a good week with improvements of 2-15c/kg. Lighter lots were sold for 230-300c/kg with heavier types making from 215-270c/kg.

The poorer bulls moved at 160-180c/kg. A range from 225-280/kg bought most of the better weanling heifers while plainer types sold for 185-195c/kg.

A big sale of cattle at Ennis mart saw more than 2000 animals on offer. Quality store bullocks were the best sellers with prices ranging from €1.80-2.80. Heavy steers made from €1.76-2.20/kg. There were increased numbers of heifers and trade was solid with beef heifers selling for €2.05-2.40/kg and stores for €1.80-2.62/kg.

Continental cull cows sold from €1.42-1.98/kg with Friesian culls selling from €0.95-1.48/kg. Cull bulls peaked at €1,540 or €1.96/kg.

Heavy bulls made from €1.85-2.65/kg, 300-400kg from €1.45-2.85/kg and lighter bulls under 300kgs made from €1.96-3.05/kg. Heifers over 400kgs made from €1.80-2.69/kg, 300- 400kgs from €1.82-2.70/kg and lighter heifers under 300kg from €1.78-3.02/kg.

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Suckler cow numbers included a clearance sale of pedigree Saler cows. Trade was strong. Cows with a calf at foot made up to €1,570. In-calf cows sold to €1,500.

Ballinakill reported a 
smaller sale. Quality cattle met a good selling trade at slightly reduced prices but plainer and overage cattle were harder sold with prices back by €20-40/hd. Heavy steers, fleshed heifers and weanling heifers were making from €1.70-2.10/kg. Store bullocks sold for €1.50-2.30/kg. Store heifers made from €1.60-2.05/kg. Weanling bulls ranged from €1.70-2.30/kg. Prices for cull cows varied from €1.20-1.75/kg.

Balla mart had 850 lots on offer. The good quality forward stores were a good trade while plainer lots were harder to sell. Quality store bullocks up to 400kg were making up to €600 with the weight or from €1.71-2.91/kg. Heavier bullocks were selling for €1.25-2.52/kg. Heifers were a good all round trade. Light heifers under 400kg and suitable for export made up to €2.97/kg. Heavier lots made from €1.47-2.80/kg. A top suckler price of €1,600 was paid for a 9yr old Angus X cow with a heifer calf at foot while an 8yr old Charollais cow weighing 880kg peaked at €1,510.

The 600 cattle at Carnew mart hit on a firm trade. Beef and forward store bullocks sold for €580-850 over their weight. Lighter stores moved at €350-730 over. Fleshed heifers ranged from €450-800 with the €/kg. Stores made from €280-650 over. Cows fit for slaughter sold for €500-750 with the weight while feeders sold back to €150 over.

Top class bulls over 600 kg in Raphoe made from €345-620 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €535-735 over. Stores made from €395-670 with the weight. Beef heifers made from €350-815 with the €/kg. The stores made from €300-615 over. Cull cows sold in a price range of €620-1,480.

Continental beef bullocks in Enniscorthy sold for €600-850 with their weight. Stores made from €500-650 over the €/kg. Friesian steers sold for €100-350 over. Store and weanling heifers made from €230-550 with their weight. Bull weanlings were selling for €300-700 over.

At the suck calf sale, the Continental bulls ranged from €240-450 while the heifers sold for €175-340. Hereford and Angus bull and heifer calves varied from €135-345 depending on strength and quality.

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