Supplies tight but prices strong as dairy stock hits €1,000-2,000
Published 15/02/2012 | 06:00
There is no let up to the mart trade. Supplies are pretty tight but prices are very strong. Dairy stock in milk is making €1,000-2,000 depending on age and milkability. Young sucklers with a calf at foot are at €1,400-2,000.
Forward store cattle are selling extremely well, with nice continental-type steers making €2.40-2.70/kg. Heavy beef cull cows made upwards of €2/kg. Friesian bull calves of reasonably good quality are commanding €230-350, with plainer lots selling at €130-200. Continental calves are making €300-600 whether they are heifers or bulls.
Recently calved dairy heifers at Enniscorthy Mart sold for €1,200-1,720, while the in-calf heifers made €1,100-1,400 each. Maiden heifers sold for €760-950.
At the mart's calf sale, strong Friesian bulls made up to €370, while lighter types sold back to €170. Continental bull calves made €400-575, with heifers moving at €350-525. Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €375-485 and heifers for €230-415.
In-calf suckler cows made €950-1,500. Cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,550-2,180/unit.
Friesian bull calves generally made €180-280 in Kilmallock yesterday. Very light Holstein types sold back to €130. Hereford and Angus heifers made €200-300.
At Kilkenny Mart, the 450-600kg bullocks were up by as much as €20/hd and sold for €2.30-2.67/kg, with Friesians at up to €2.02/kg. Heavier types made €2-2.39/kg, while lots under 400kg sold for €2.50-3.24/kg. Friesians of 350-400kg made up to €1.89/kg.
Beef heifers sold for €2.20-2.78/kg, with butcher types at €1.90-2.53/kg. Stores traded for €2.40-2.95/kg. in-calf suckler cows made €950-1,480. Cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,300-1,440/unit. Continental cull cows sold for €1.65-2.25/kg. Friesians made €1.25-1.85/kg.