The buzz just gets better with great prices in all categories
Calves remain scarce as farmers wary of selling
There seems to be no let-up in buzz around the the cattle trade with all marts reporting another week of excellent prices for all stock whether they are suck calves, cull cows, stores or finished cattle fit for slaughter.
Calves remain scarce, with dairy farmers not as anxious to sell due to quota problems looming. Trade for the weanlings has probably even got stronger as the season has progressed, with the good farmer's type bull or heifer making from €2.10-2.40/kg.
With the beef price improving in the factories, the knock- on effect for finished cattle and stores, especially the forward types, is very positive. One mart manager I spoke to remarked that prices across the board were running at 24pc higher week on week when compared to last year.
Kilkenny Mart reported a smaller sale than the previous week, with quality also a bit poorer partly due to stock showing the effects of the poor weather conditions.
Steer prices were back slightly but there was an excellent trade for heifers and cull cows. Heavy continental steers were selling for €1.63-2.13/kg. The best of the Friesians sold to a high of €1.82/kg. Store bullocks of 400-600kgs made €2.00-2.23/kg, with a few top lots making up to €2.54/kg.
A plentiful supply of customers at Ballinakill Mart ensured a very dear sale for all categories of cattle. Heavy bullocks were selling from €1.80 to €2.37/kg. Forward stores ranged from €1.85 to €2.55/kg, with the lighter type store moving at €1.75-2.70/kg. In the heifer section the beef types sold for €1.85-2.25/kg. Store heifers ranged from €1.77-2.15/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.90-2.30/kg. Weanling heifers traded at €1.70-2.15/kg. Prices for cull cows ranged from €850-1,270 per unit.
Active farmer buying in Ballymote led to a very lively sale for the large amount of quality stock on offer. Light bullocks, under 400kg, were making from €350-560 over. Bullocks from 400kg to 500kg made from €400 to €755 over their weight. Bullocks 500-600kg sold from €420-780 over. Heavier lots made up to €960 over the €1/kg.
In the heifer ring, light heifers under 400kg made from €300 to €525 over. The 400-500kg lots were making from €350 to €640 over the €1/kg. Heifers of 500-600kg sold from €420 to €710 with their weight. Heavier lots made up to €945 over. Suckler cows made from €900 to €1,200/hd.