Sellers in the driving seat as tight supplies keeps trade up
Producers cash in as marts report increases of €20/hd
Published 29/02/2012 | 06:00
Last week was another strong one for the mart trade, with several outlets reporting an improvement of at least €20/hd. Quality store stock continue to hit new highs and are making €2.50-3/kg.
Beef stock, whether they are prime cattle or cull cows, are holding firm. Numbers of calves continue to grow but prices are holding. Friesian calves of more than 2-3 weeks sold for €130-230 in the main. Some strong lots made up to €300, while very young, lighter types sold closer to the €100 mark. Young, milky-looking dairy stock made up to €2,000, but in general €1,300-1,500 was the going rate for dairy cows. Sucklers sold for €1,400-1,800.
At Ennis Mart, Friesian bull calves sold for €130-180 as the best of them made up to €240. Continental bull calves sold for €350-485, while the heifers moved at €300-435. Hereford and Angus bull calves went for €250-370.
There were 450 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart. All classes improved by €10-20/hd, especially quality continental steers between 500-600kg. The heavy bullocks made €2.20-2.50/kg, as the forward stores sold for €2.30-2.85/kg. Light stores moved at €2.20-3/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.25-2.70/kg. Store prices went for €1.80-2.60/kg.
The 620hd at Kilkenny met with an excellent trade due to a significant increase in the amount of buyers present. Heavy steers over 600kg generally sold for €2.10-2.28/kg with three nice Charolais bullocks weighing 665kg selling for €1,780 (€2.68/kg). The stores between 400-600kg made €2.15-2.73/kg. Lighter types sold for €2.20-3.17/kg.
Beef heifers made €2-2.43/kg. Butcher lots sold for €2.15-2.34/kg, with the continental stores moving for €2.12-2.85/kg.
Carnew had 630 cattle and 100 calves at their sale. All prices improved by €20-30/hd. Beef and forward steers sold for €750-1,050 with the weight. Stores made €450-950 over.