Positive week as demand for beef stock and forward stores holds firm
Another lively and positive week at the cattle marts, with continued strong demand for all beef stock, forward stores and an improved trade in places for the better quality lighter types.
Prices of €2.00-2.50/kg are buying most of the heavy stock but some top quality lots are making up to €2.65-2.80/kg.
Heavy Continental cull cows made from €2.00- 2.22/kg with finished British Friesian cows making up to €2.00/kg. Some very high prices of between €1,600-2,000 were paid for young suckler cows with a calf at foot, but the general run sold for €1,100-1,500/unit. Continental suck calves generally ranged from €200-400.
Kilkenny Mart had a good trade for beef and forward store bullocks and heifers at their sale of over 500hd of stock. Cull cows were a tad more difficult to sell, especially plainer types and prices were down by €10-20/hd.
Heavy steers over 600kg were selling for €2.05-2.56/kg or €620-1,090 with their weight. Steers weighing between 400-600kg made from €1.80-2.74/kg while lighter types sold from €1.50-3.02/kg reflecting €240-760 over the weight. Stores moved at €1.70-2.64/kg.
A smaller sale of 400 cattle in Ballinakill saw good trade all round. The small light stores were well improved. Heavy bullocks were selling for €2.15-2.75/kg. Forward stores made €2.00-2.80/kg. Light stores moved at €1.95-2.85/kg. Beef heifers were making from €1.90-2.60/kg. Stores sold for €1.70-2.40/kg.
The cattle trade was steady last Saturday at Dowra Mart for the 340 cattle on offer with forward cattle very much in demand.
Heifers over 550kg made from €2.20-2.60/kg with the lighter stores making from €1.80-2.70/kg. Weanling heifers were selling from €1.70-2.80/kg.