Steers show biggest improvement but weanling heifers over 400kg hit
Ringside shows a mixed bag for the cattle trade at the marts during the past week with steers selling well and showing an improvement of between 2-6c/kg.
Lighter types were making from 210-280c/kg with the over 500kg steers selling between 195-240c/kg. Plainer lots moved at 146-166c/kg. The heavy heifers were the only females doing well and were up by 2-10c/kg at 205-250c/kg. Heifers under 500kg were back by 2-7c/kg on average at 215-265c/kg. Lesser quality lots sold for 184-192c/kg.
Prices for the weanling bulls were down by 2-8c/kg. Lighter types sold for 215-295c/kg while bulls over 300kg made from 205-265c/kg. Dairy bred bulls ranged from 138-168c/kg.
The biggest fall of the week was for weanling heifers over 400kg where a huge drop of between 25-30c/kg left them at 220-255c/kg. Lighter heifers were reasonably steady in a range from 240-295c/kg. The plain weanlings made from 195-206c/kg.
Friesian bull suck calves vary from €50-150 in the main with the Jersey types lucky to even attract a bid. Continental bull calves generally made between €250-400 with the heifers making from €250-370. The majority of the young freshly calved dairy cows ranged from €1,000-1,400 with older lots selling between €850-1,200.
Numbers are beginning to come back a bit at Ennis Mart but there was a very strong trade for cattle with plenty of farmers actively buying stock. Trade was improved by €10-20/hd. Heavy steers made from €1.76-2.49/kg while stores weighing between 450-600kgs made from €1.80-2.82/kg with lighter stores under 450kgs selling from €1.80-2.89/kg. Beef heifers sold from €2.05-2.62/kg with stores from €1.80-2.95/kg.
There was another big sale of cows with prices up €10/hd on the previous week. Continental cows sold from €1.55-2.29/kg with Friesian cull cows making from €0.95-1.69/kg. Cull bulls made up to €2,000 or €1.72/kg.
Top class bulls over 600kgs at Raphoe mart were selling for €350-855 over their weight. Beef bullocks sold for €350-800 over. Stores were making from €350-855. Beef heifers moved at €480-1,065 over their weight while the stores made from €300-735 over. Prices for cull cows ran from €700-1,355.