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Monday 23 January 2017

Lively trade sees suckler with calf at foot sold for high of €2,100

Good demand for all categories of livestock

Joe Healy

Published 14/12/2011 | 06:00

Any report that begins with continental cull cows making up to €2.11/kg and sucklers with a calf at foot hitting a high of €2,100 says enough about where the trade was at over the past week.

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Demand for all categories of stock was lively at the marts around the country.

Any nice quality younger stock, whether they were weanlings, stores or finished cattle, were making from €2/kg upwards, with a big variation in prices. The plainest of the plainer types bottomed out at €1.60/kg and ranged from this up towards €2/kg.

Kilkenny had 720hd of stock for sale. An excellent trade ensured a complete clearance, with pride of place going to a suckler cow with a calf at foot selling for €2,100.

Heavy continental steers made €2-2.42/kg. The 400-600kg bullocks sold for €2.13-2.53/kg, with Friesians making up to €1.94/kg. Lighter lots were selling for €1.86-2.83/kg depending on quality.

Well-fleshed heifers traded at €1.96-2.27/kg, with butcher types selling for €1.94-2.18/kg. Stores achieved €2-2.42/kg. Friesian cull cows were selling for €0.97-1.70/kg, while the continentals sold for €1.75-2.11/kg.

Dowra Mart had 485 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade continued very strongly for all classes of cattle on the day. Heavy steers over 600kg made €700-1,100 with their weight, while lighter lots sold for €400-800 over. Weanling bulls over 450kg made €400-800 over the €1/kg, while the lighter bulls moved at €300-700 over.

Heifers were not too plentiful on the day and those over 500kg made €400-750 over, with a few choice lots for breeding achieving up to €900 over. Weanling heifers made €300-700 over their weight while a few choice lots again made up to €850 over.

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On Saturday, Balla Mart had 809 cattle on offer, while on Tuesday there was 449 weanlings. Bullocks of 600kg or more were selling for €1.91-2.82/kg. Trade for heifers was strong. Good-quality heavy heifers were making €2.03-2.28/kg, or €630-955 with their weight. Forward stores made €2.03-2.65/kg, or €630-730 over the weight. At the weanling sale, top-quality bulls sold for €2.19-3.65/kg, with the heifers topping out at €3.86/kg.

Ballinakill Mart reported a slight ease in numbers with 360 cattle on offer. Heavy heifers were probably the best sellers in a strong trade all round and sold for €1.70-2.22/kg. Store heifers made €1.62-2.35/kg. Store bullocks sold for €1.70-2.50/kg, while heavy steers achieved €1.80-2.30/kg. Prices for weanling bulls varied from €1.95/kg for the plainer types up to €2.60 for the good-quality lots.


Numbers continued quite strong for the time of year at Ballymote Mart. Light store bullocks were making €300-515 over the weight, while forward types made €400-755 over. Beef types sold up to €805 over the €1/kg. Heifers suitable for breeding were in demand from local farmers and went as high as €850 with their weight. Stores were making €300-635 over the weight. Heavy weanling bulls were selling for €400-600 over the €1/kg, with lighter types moving at €300-565 over. Weanling heifers sold for €300-560 with their weight.

At Maam Cross, the heifers were selling for €2.10-2.52/kg, with the steers making €2.02-2.84/kg. Weanlings ranged from €2.32-3.56/kg.

Heavy steers up in Raphoe were selling for €700-750 with the €1/kg, with the stores trading at €300-650 over. The best of the heavy weanlings made €525-1,140 over the weight.

At Tuam Mart, the heavy bullocks sold for €2.13-2.20/kg. Steers weighing 400-500kg made €2.30-2.46/kg. Heifers of 550-750kg sold for €2.05-2.27/kg, with the heifers up to 500kg selling for €2.22-2.38/kg. Weanling heifers made €2.35-2.78/kg, while the bulls moved at €2.12-2.69/kg. Heavy well-fleshed cull cows sold for €1.84-2.02/kg.

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