Mixed fortunes see mid-range heifer prices down as lighter lots improve
IT WAS a week of mixed fortunes for the cattle trade around the country with heifers probably faring worst. While the light and heavy type weanling heifers showed good improvements, the middle-range ones between 300-400kg endured a tough week and were back by 2-10c/kg at 235-280c/kg.
The lighter lots were up by 11-14c/kg at 255-305c/kg while weanlings more than 400kg were also improved by as much as 10c/kg to a range of 230-260c/kg. Lesser quality lots moved at 200-225c/kg.
The mature heifers were back by 1-5c/kg ranging from 205-265c/kg, with plainer types making from 180-195c/kg.
The light weanling bulls sold for €225-290c/kg. Bulls more than 300kg made from 205-260c/kg. Plain bulls met with much better interest than the previous week with prices up by as much as 22c/kg at 145-190c/kg.
On the flip side, the plain steers were back by between 3-7c/kg in a range from 145-160c/kg. Heavy continental steers were also back by up to 7c/kg at 190-230c/kg. The 400-600kg lots made from 190-250c/kg.
At the pedigree bull sales the Herefords attracted the most interest with prices reflecting this.
Bullocks under 400kg made from €280-680 over the weight at Ballymote. Heavier lots ranged from €400-630 with the €/kg. Heifers up to 400 kg made from €300-700 over the weight. The 400-500kg lots sold for €340-600 over.
Heavier lots were making up to €740 with the weight. Suckler cow prices ran from €1,000-1,800/unit. Store cull Friesian cows were selling for €1-350 with the €/kg. Continental types made from €400-640 with their weight. Weanling bulls under 300kg moved at €250-560 over the weight.