Prices rise by €10-40/hd for the second week in a row at marts
It was another good week at the cattle marts, with price increases of €10-40/hd reported in many places. Finished cattle sold for €2.00-2.50/kg in general, with heavy well-fleshed Continental cull cows often breaking the €2/kg mark.
Quality stores sold for €2.10-2.70 while plainer lots moved at €1.60-2.00/kg. The best export-type weanling commanded prices of up to and over €3/kg. Continental bull weanlings for the domestic market sold for €2.20-2.70/kg. Lesser quality animals made €1.70-2.00/kg. Suckler springers sold for €1,300-1,500.
Ballinakill Mart had 300 cattle on offer, where prices for quality bull weanlings increased by €10-20/hd. Heavy bullocks sold for €2.00-2.60/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.80-2.70/kg. Lighter types made from €1.70-3.10/kg, depending on breed and quality.
Beef heifers traded at €2.00-2.50/kg and stores sold for €1.70-2.80/kg. Weanling bulls moved at €1.90-2.70/kg while the heifers made €1.60-2.40/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.50-2.00/kg.
Trade was slightly easier for the 600 cattle on offer at Dowra Mart on Saturday. Forward store bullocks made €1.80-2.45/kg and lighter stores made €1.90-2.70/kg. Weanling bulls over 500kg sold for €1.90-2.40/kg and lighter lots made €2.00-2.80/kg.
A few fancy lots made up to €3.30/kg. Forward store heifers sold for €2.00-2.40/kg and lighter stores made €1.70-2.50/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €1.80-2.70/kg and some quality lighter lots sold for €2.90/kg.
Good cull cows sold for €1.70-2.10/kg, while older, thinner cows made €1.00-1.60/kg.
At Ballymote Mart, steers under 400kg made €350-700 over their weight and lots weighing 400-500kg made €425-740 over the €/kg. Bullocks of 500-600kg bullocks sold for €500-720 over.