Sluggish trade for all stock classes
Ringside shows another relatively sluggish week at the cattle marts around the country last week with all categories under pressure. Steers were down by between 3-10c/kg. Heavy lots were making from €1.90-2.25/kg.
The 400-600kg Continental types sold for €1.90-2.40/kg while the lighter lots made from €1.85-2.50/kg. Heifers were also showing a drop of 2-9c/kg. The under 400kg lots were selling for €1.80-2.35/kg with the heavier types making from €2.00-2.40/kg.
Weanling bulls, while probably least hit, were still back by 2-5c/kg for your average to top lots. Bulls up to 300kg sold for €2.10-2.90/kg. The heavier types moved at €2.10-2.60/kg. Heifer weanlings were back by between 2-9c/kg with the majority of them selling between €2.10-2.70/kg.
The report from Ballinakill was of a smaller sale all round with plenty of customers. The good quality cattle are still selling well with the fancy 350kg bullocks making up to €1,000/hd.
Forward store Continental steers made from €1.80-2.45/kg. The lighter lots ranged from €1.70-2.50/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €1.85-2.30/kg.
Stores made from €1.70-2.15. In the weanling section, the bulls sold from €1.65-2.00/kg with heifers making from €1.60-2.00/kg. Cull cows made from €1.20-1.70/kg.
The smaller numbers of 780hd at Kilkenny Mart helped keep prices firm with the quality stock even showing an improvement of between €10-15/hd.
The 400-600kg types were making from €1.65-2.45/kg while the light stores made from €1.80-2.50/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.80-2.90/kg or €550-1,075 with the €/kg. Butcher types made from €2.05-2.48/kg.