Improved trade boosted by good grass conditions
There was an improved trade across the board with good grass growing conditions encouraging stronger farmer buying. The store cattle trade was much livelier than in recent weeks. Factory buyers were active at ringside for beef cattle in marts across the country and this set the trend for better prices. Exporters were active for the better U-grade weanlings.
Tullow Mart reported a full clearance of just over 275hd of cattle last Friday. Quality lots met a strong demand, with many farmer customers around the ring. Store bullocks sold from €150 to €450 with the €1/kg,
Heavy bullocks made from €300 to €515 over, while heavy heifers sold for €220-360 with their weight, with a top price of €540 with the €/kg. Store heifers sold from €180 to €305 with the €/kg. Fat cows sold from €1/kg to €200 over.
The special autumn weanling sale in Ennis attracted huge exporter attention and prices reflected this, with the good Belgian Blue bulls in the 300-400kg weight bracket, which sold for €2.70 to €3/kg.
R-grade continental types made €1.90-2.10/kg. R-grade heifers made around €1.70/kg, with the Us in a range of €2.20 to €2.50/kg for the general run even if some top-quality heifers weighing 337kg sold up to €1,200.
There was good demand for top-class heavy bullocks in Raphoe and they sold in a range of €270 to €480 over the weight.
Store bullocks made €250 to €445 over. Beef heifers also met a strong trade and sold for €245-510 with the weight, while the stores made from €220 to €415 over.
Dry cows sold for €495-1,045 each.