Quality stock meeting good demand
Quite an amount of activity on the suckler cow and heifer front is being reported, with quality stock meeting good demand. Prices being mentioned vary from €1,200-1,800 in the main for the in-calf heifers, with cows ranging from €1,000-1,800.
Good young suckler cows with a calf at foot were making €1,300-1,750/unit. A range from €1,000-1,500 was buying most of the dairy cows and heifers offered for sale during the week.
As for the weanlings and older steers and heifers, it was a mixed week with the lighter weanlings improved and the heavier types back somewhat. It was the opposite for the steers with the lighter stock up by 2-9c/kg while the over 400kg bullocks were up by 1-5c/kg. In the main the 300-600kg steers sold for €1.90-2.50/kg. Heavier types made €1.90-2.25/kg. Plainer lots ranged from €1.40-1.90/kg.
The majority of the heifers moved at €2.00-2.40/kg with poorer quality types making from €1.70-1.90/kg. Light bulls were up by 1-3c/kg at €2.20-2.90/kg. Bulls over 300kg made from €2.00-2.65/kg.
Plain types sold around the €1.55-1.80/kg. Heifer weanlings under 300kg sold for €2.30-2.80/kg. Heavier heifers made €2.10-2.60/kg. Lesser types were making €1.80-1.95/kg.
Ballinakill had 400 cattle for sale. The fancy store continues to sell well but there was an increased number of plainer cattle present and they remain more difficult to move. Heavy steers over 700kg made from €1.85-2.35/kg. Forward Continental stores sold for €1.80-2.40/kg. Lighter lots ranged €1.75-2.45/kg. Well fleshed heifers were selling for €1.75-2.20/kg. Stores sold for €1.70-2.10/kg. Weanling bulls traded at €1.65-2.00/kg.
The cattle trade was described as steady in Dowra Mart last Saturday for the 510 cattle on offer. Weanling heifers under 300kg were making from €1.80-3.00/kg. A few fancy lots made up to €3.25/kg.
The heavier weanlings made from €1.90-2.70/kg. Forward store heifers were selling from €1.70-2.70/kg. Weanling bulls under 300kg generally made from €1.70-3.00/kg. Some top lots topped out at €3.30/kg.