Heifers and steers are on the up
Heavy steers and butcher heifers were up last week as were weanling bulls and the heavy weanling heifers over 400kg. The lighter weanling heifers and the store and factory heifers were down slightly.
Heavy Continental bullocks were generally making from €2.00 to €2.60/kg. Plainer lots sold from €1.30-1.80/kg. Stores made from €1.80-2.80/kg. The best of the bull weanlings were selling for €2.70-3.30/kg. The main run of bulls made from €2.00-2.70/kg. Beef heifers sold from €2.00-2.50/kg while stores ranged from €1.80-2.70/kg.
Good weanling heifers were making from €2.50-3.00/kg with the rest selling from €1.60-2.40/kg. Well fleshed, heavy cull cows made up to and over €2/kg. Plainer types and store cows made from €1-1.60/kg. Depending on age and quality, suckler cows in-calf made from €1,200-1,800.
At Balla Mart, the steers were selling from €1.32-2.85/kg. Heavy heifers sold from €1.73-2.85/kg with the forward stores making from €2.02-2.98/kg. The well-made heavy weanling bulls made from €2.50-3.56/kg. Plainer types traded at €1.52-2.00/kg. Lighter lots made from €1.52-3.12/kg.
The best of the weanling heifers sold for €2.40-3.25/kg. Poorer quality lots sold back to €1.58/kg. A big turnout of 244 cows saw the in-calf sucklers hit a high of €1,800 while the culls topped out at €1,760 for a 945kg, seven-year-old Simmental cross.
Heavy steers between 500-600kg in Kilkenny Mart were making from €1.60-2.62/kg. The lighter types were selling for €1.50-2.72/kg. Beef heifers sold from €1.70-2.49/kg. Butcher types made from €2.00-2.32/kg. Stores traded for €1.90-2.64/kg. Continental cull cows sold for €1.50-2.05/kg while the Friesian cull cows made from €0.80-1.75/kg.
The trade was quieter at Dowra Mart on Saturday last for the 530 cattle on offer. Bullocks over 600kg made from €2.00-2.30/kg while the stores sold from €1.80-2.50/kg. Weanling bulls over 450kg were selling for €1.90-2.40/kg.
The lighter bulls made from €2.00-2.80/kg. Forward store heifers traded from €1.90-2.30/kg. Lighter stores were making from €1.70-2.60/kg. A few quality lots suitable for breeding made up to €2.80/kg. Weanling heifers were selling from €1.60-2.80/kg. Cull cows ranged from €1.70-2.00/kg for the top cows while the older thinner cows made from €0.80-1.50/kg.