Trade firing high as factories still pushing to secure stock
Well-fleshed cows make €2.05/kg in buoyant sales
Published 21/12/2011 | 06:00
There was no sign of any easing of the trade in the marts around the country over the past week. One mart manager maintained that "factory men were as hungry for beef at ringside during the week as they have been at any stage over the last two months".
Well-fleshed cows made up to €2.05/kg. Younger beef stock sold for prices around €2.45/kg, while quality store bullocks sold for €2.20-2.50 and plainer types made €1.70-2/kg.
Beef heifers sold for up to €2.44/kg, while good young suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €1,500-2,000/hd.
Numbers in general are relatively small, with some farmers opting to wait for a new tax year to sell. However, other farmers are anxious to buy in the current tax year and they have helped to keep the trade extremely buoyant.
Ballinakill Mart reported a good selling trade, with recent strong prices well maintained for all types. Heavy steers sold for €1.80-2.35/kg, while forward stores sold for €1.70-2.40/kg and the lighter types made €1.75-2.50/kg. Beef heifers made €1.70-2.25/kg, while store heifers sold for €1.62-2.30/kg. In the weanling section, bulls made €1.90-2.60/kg, while heifers sold for €1.70-2.28/kg. The best of the cull cows sold up to €1.95/kg and store cows made €1.20/kg upwards.
Ennis Mart had "more bite to the trade" this week, where factory agents were very active. Cull cows fit for slaughter sold for €2/kg and slightly more in cases. Heavy bullocks generally sold for €2-2.20/kg, up to a top price of €2.42/kg.
Forward stores made €2.10-2.15/kg, with plainer types selling for a little either side of the €2/kg. Nice Continental weanlings made €2.20-2.50/kg.