Heifers get off to a great start to 2013
The New Year saw a pretty lively start to the cattle mart trade. While only a handful of the salesyards returned to action last week, they reported keen demand at the ringside, especially for finished stock and quality forward stores.
Well-fleshed heifers were probably the best sellers, with one mart reporting price hikes of €40/hd for all heifers. Fat heifers sold for €2.00-2.40/kg or €550-1,000 with the weight.
Heavy steers sold for €2.10-2.30/kg, while stores sold for €1.90-2.50/kg. Suckler cows and heifers due to scanned to calve in February/March sold for €1,000-1,500/hd. Cull cows made €1.50-2.00/kg.
Prices for freshly calved dairy heifers, whether sold through marts or off the farm, were €1,050-1,400/hd. Friesian bull calves sold for €100-200/hd, while Continental bull calves sold for €300-400/hd.
Continental heifers sold for €250-350/hd, with some some fancy lots making a bit more.
Dowra Mart had 180 cattle on offer on Saturday but the trade showed little change from the period leading up to Christmas.
Heifers over 550kg made €2.10-2.40/kg and stores from 400-500kg made €1.90-2.50/kg. Store bullocks sold for €1.90-2.45kg, while weanling bulls over 450kg made €2.00-2.50/kg. Lighter bulls averaged €2.45/kg.
Older cull cows made €1.00-1.50/kg while younger and well-fleshed cows sold for €1.50-1.90/kg. A few "cow-heifers" made up to €2.20/kg. In-calf suckler heifers sold for €1,300-1,630. Plainer lots sold for €900-1,250 each.