Heaviest cattle enjoy strong trade as lighter lots struggle across the board
The past week has seen the heaviest cattle in each category enjoy a strong trade with the opposite happening for the lighter lots across the board. Quality forward store heifers were making from €2.20-2.60/kg.
The heavy steers moved in a range from €2.00-2.55/kg. Well fleshed cull cows were making upwards of €2/kg. Plainer store cows sold back to €1.30/kg with poor Friesian stores just making just €1/kg. The majority of the weanlings sold at between €2.00-2.60/kg. Sucklers with a calf at foot were making from €1,000-1,800/unit.
Kilkenny reported a steady trade for their relatively small turnout of 500 cattle. Heavy steers over 600kg were making from €1.80-2.56/kg or €650-1,070 with their weight. Forward stores ranged from €2.02-2.57/kg or €500-910 with the weight. Lots under 500kg moved at €1.30-2.90/kg or from €220-885 over the €/kg. Factory heifers sold for €2.00-2.60/kg with butcher types making from €2.10-2.36/kg. Store prices ran from €1.80-2.48/kg reflecting €350-605 over their weight. Continental cull cows made from €1.40-2.23/kg.
Dowra Mart had 330 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was a shade quieter for all classes of cattle. Forward store heifers over 500kg made from €2.20-2.60/kg with the lighter stores making from €2.00-2.70/kg. Weanling heifers sold from €1.80-2.70/kg. Bullocks over 550kg were selling from €2.30-2.60/kg while lighter lots made from €1.80-2.70/kg.
Numbers were up at Ballinakill Mart where cattle met a good trade. Lighter store bullocks and good quality heifer prices were improved by €10-30/hd. Heavy steers were making from €2.15-2.75/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.00-2.80/kg with lighter types making from €1.90-3.00/kg. Beef heifers traded at €1.95-2.68/kg. The stores moved at €1.70-2.50/kg. Weanling bull and heifers ranged from €1.75-2.60/kg. Prices for cull cows varied from €1.30-2.00/kg.
Balla Mart held their end of month Continental sale and had 797 lots on offer. Trade was good with demand lively for most types of cattle. Prices for the heavy heifers were up by €20-30/hd on the previous week due to the demand from large feedlot buyers.
Trade for the bullocks was steady in the main but the lighter plainer types were up a tad and making around €600-700 with their weight or from €1.40-2.79/kg. Lighter heifers under 400kg were making €1.62-2.96/kg.
Heavier lots made from €1.60-2.65/kg. The strong weanling heifers moved at €2.28-2.39/kg with the lighter types making from €1.95-2.50/kg. The best of the light bull weanlings sold up to €2.72/kg. The heavier weanlings made from €1.52-2.46/kg. A nine-year-old Charolais cow with a Limousin bull calf at foot topped the sucklers at €1,480. The best of the cull cows, an eight year-old Charolais weighing 785kg made €1,790.