Trade on fire as prices solid and stores the biggest sellers
Good quality lots in all categories exceed Â¤2/kg
The mart trade is still on fire, with many establishments reporting further improvement to some of their prices throughout the past week. Stores seem to be the best-sellers at the moment.
Good quality lots in all categories are freely exceeding €2/kg. The best of the weanlings for export are selling for €2.70-3/kg, with €2.50-2.80/kg commonplace for solid R-grade bulls. Continental cull cows are making €1.50-1.80/kg, with the Friesians selling for €1.20-1.70/kg. Strong Friesian suck calves are selling for up to €300, with continentals making up to €450-500/hd.
Kilkenny reported a sharp sale for all stock. Heavy continental steers made €1.70-2.11/kg, with Friesians selling to €1.73/kg. Coloured steers of all weights ranged from €2-2.48/kg. Good Friesians made €1.70-1.88/kg. Continental heifers fit for slaughter sold forr €1.90-2.13/kg. Butcher types weighing 450-535kg were selling for €2-2.30/kg, with a tops of €1,230 or €2.59/kg paid for a 475kg heifer. Stores made €1.80-2.22/kg.
The best of the bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe made €495-970 with the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €570-725 over, with the stores selling for €320-680 over. Well-fleshed heifers made €420-725 over the €/kg. Stores made €305-580 over. Fat cull cows sold up to a high of €1,410, while cows for further feeding made from €670 up.
Ballinakill had 450 cattle on offer, with a smaller number of bullocks and a bigger supply of heifers and weanlings. A plentiful attendance of buyers ensured a very strong trade, especially for quality cattle of all weights.
Heavy bullocks made €1.85-2.15/kg. Forward stores sold from €1.70-2.37/kg. Light stores traded for €1.60-2.45/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €1.80-2.20/kg, with the stores making €1.75-2.30/kg.
Weanling bulls ranged from €1.80-2.50/kg while the heifers sold for €1.75-2.45/kg.
Store cattle were up by €40-50/hd at Enniscorthy. Beef stock were steady. The heavy steers sold for €550-850 over the weight. Finished heifers made €310-660 with their weight. Store bullocks moved at €300-710 over the €/kg. Store heifers were making €300-650 over their weight. Fat cull cows hit a high of €750 over their weight. The rest sold from this back to €50 over.