Farm Ireland

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Prices surge ahead as factories fight to land stock fit for killing

Highs of €2.13/kg for culls says it all in buoyant trade

Joe Healy

Published 18/01/2012 | 06:00

IT WAS another week of improving prices for the cattle marts as factory agents pushed out the boundaries to secure stock fit for killing.

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Cull cows making up to €2.13/kg says enough. Indeed, I have heard of €750/hd being paid for Friesian cows in need of further feeding out of the yard in north Munster.

Quality steers over 500kg were easily hitting the €2.50/kg mark. Lighter, well-made continentals were making as high as €2.80/kg. Heifers were similar to this, while good weanlings sold to €3/kg.

Balla Mart resumed last week with 503 cattle on offer. Prices were well up since the last sale before Christmas. Forward store bullocks averaged €1.81-2.42/kg, while lighter types made €2.32-2.75/kg. Trade for heifers was strong, with some good-quality heavy heifers making €2.22-2.59/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.30-2.95/kg. In-calf cows and cows with a calf at foot made €1,000-1,800.

There were 360 on offer at Ballinakill. All classes of cattle were improved by €20-30/hd, especially heavy bullocks with average prices at €900-1,000 over the weight at €1.90-2.50/kg. Forward stores moved for €1.80-2.80/kg. Light stores sold for €1.60-2.75/kg. Beef heifers made €2.10-2.40/kg. Stores sold for €1.75-2.30/kg.

Cull cows achieved €1.50-1.80/kg, with suckler cows making €920-1,240 each.

Carnew had 525 on offer. Prices continued strongly, with the beef and forward store bullocks selling for €580-920 over their weight. Store bullocks made €450-745 over the €1/kg. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €500-890 over. Stores made €380-720 with the weight. Continental cull cows hit a high of €900 over, with the rest selling from this back to €350 over the €1/kg.

Cull cows for feeding made €250-400 over the weight at Ballymote Mart. Heavier lots made up to €540 with the €1/kg. Suckler cows from third calvers upwards, and due to calve from early March, sold for €1,060-1,600. Weanling bulls up to 350kg made €450-500 over, with heavier lots making up to €600 over. Heifers sold for €400-665 over the weight.

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Heavy steers at Tullow Mart achieved €610-1,050 with the weight. Stores made €365-805 over. Beef heifers sold for €520-995 over the €1/kg. Store types traded for €345-568 with their weight. Cull cows fit for slaughter sold up to €820 with the weight.

In Raphoe, the heavy bulls over 600kg made €740-1,195 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €900-1,230 over. Stores made €300-840 over the €1/kg. Great demand saw beef heifers sell for €570-1,105 over, with the stores making €300-710 with the €1/kg. Tops for the cull cows was €1,805.

Numbers were up to 600 head of cattle at Kilkenny Mart. Top-quality steers freely made up to and over €2.40/kg, while the tops for heifers was €2.76/kg. The best of the weanlings made €3/kg.

Heavy continental steers sold for €2-2.31/kg. Forward stores moved at €2.10-2.44/kg. Friesian types sold to €2.06/kg. Bullocks less than 500kg were selling for €2.14-2.50/kg.

Beef heifers made €2.20-2.76/kg, with butcher types making €2-2.44/kg. Stores sold for €2.08-2.33/kg. Weanling bulls made €2.15-3/kg, with the heifers at €2.05-2.70/kg. Continental cull cows sold for €1.65-2.13/kg. Friesian culls made €1.35-1.75/kg.

Numbers were well up at Dowra Mart with 490 cattle on offer. Store bullocks over 550kg made €2-2.50/kg, while the lighter stores sold for €2-2.80/kg. Heavy weanling bulls over 450kg made €2.20-2.90/kg. The lighter bulls sold for €2.20-3.40/kg.

Forward store heifers made €2.20-2.70/kg, with a few lots for breeding making up to €3/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €2.20-3.20/kg. A few choice lots made up to €3.50/kg.

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