Marts the best place to sell stock as throughput in line to increase
Signs point to good trade staying strong for a while
IFA livestock chairman Michael Doran has advised farmers this week that if they want to ensure security of payment and the most competitive prices, they should sell livestock through their local mart.
The IFA livestock chairman said 1.68m cattle were sold through the marts last year, including 1.44m beef animals and 240,000 dairy animals. In addition, he said there was major potential for marts to increase throughput, with the Department's AIMS data showing 945,000 animals moving from farm to farm.
With the extremely strong trade showing no sign of easing up, farmers are happy to show their cattle in the sale yards, with quite a few choosing the marts over the factories to sell their beef animals such is the demand at the moment. Weanling prices remain above €2/kg, with the heifers running within 5-10c/kg of the bulls.
The good R/U-grade weanling bulls of 350-400kg were making up to €2.40/kg, with some of the top Belgian Blues making €2.50-3/kg. Continental beef bullocks made €2-2.20/kg and heifers sold for €1.80-2.15. Good quality forward stores made €2.10-2.40, with plainer lots making €1.80-2.10/kg.
Kilkenny Mart had a big sale of bullocks, with lively farmer buying resulting in an excellent trade. The heavy continental steers over 600kg made €1.90-2.05/kg. Friesians sold to €1.68/kg. Forward stores sold from €2-2.37/kg.
Continental stores less than 500kg sold for €2.10-2.40/kg and three fancy Charolais bullocks weighing 348kgs made €930 (€2.67/kg).
A flying trade, especially for the quality bullocks and heifers, was reported at Ballinakill. Friesian bullocks made up to €450 with their weight. Heavy steers sold for €1.90-2.25/kg. Forward stores made €1.80-2.20/kg and lighter stores sold for €1.90-2.35/kg. Beef heifers made €1.80-2.15/kg.
Heavy weanling bulls over 400kg sold for €2-2.20 at Ennis Mart and the 350-400kg bulls made €2.10-2.40/kg. Lighter weanlings made €2.20-2.50/kg. Heifer weanlings were about 5c/kg back from the bull prices.