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
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.
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.