Lively trade sees suckler with calf at foot sold for high of €2,100
Good demand for all categories of livestock
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.
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.