Trade remains buoyant with buyers active for markets home and abroad
Over quota dairy farmers results in calf scarcity while weanling sales remain ultra-competitive at the ring-side
Mart trade was again strong everywhere over the past week with price improvements of €10-50/hd reported. Buyers for the home market and exporting were extremely active.
Calves are scarce as not only are quite a few dairy farmers holding onto their young calves but they are in many cases out buying in extra calves to drink milk in order to reduce the potential hefty super-levy bill.
Any reasonable quality cattle are making €2/kg upwards with reports showing that even good sorts of Friesians are in some instances making up to €2/kg. The trade for the weanlings remains very competitive with top-of-the-range stock making up to and over €3/kg, while the solid continental farmers' types are generally ranging from €2.10-2.50/kg.
A good sound trade was the description for the 500 cattle sold at Ballinakill Mart, with lively competition from a large number of buyers. Heavy steers were selling for €1.88-2.30/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.75-2.46/kg, with the lighter stores making €1.80-2.75/kg.
Beef heifers made €1.85-2.32/kg. Stores sold for €1.70-2.35/kg. Prices for weanling bulls ran from €1.90 to €2.95/kg.
The best of the heavy bulls over 600kg were making €600-1,000 with their weight at Raphoe Mart, where beef bullocks sold for €670-935 over. Stores made €305-790 over the €1/kg. Well-fleshed heifers were selling for €320-870 over, with stores making €280-610 with the weight. Heavy continental cull cows made up to €1,680, while cows for further feeding sold back to €600.
Kilkenny reported a very good trade for their smaller sale of 870 cattle. Heavy steers were making €2-2.25/kg. The 400-600kg steers sold for €2.05-2.50, with Angus cross and good Friesians making €1.80-2/kg. Lighter stores ranged from €2.04 to €2.44/kg, with a top price of €2.74/kg paid when a 390kg Limousin bullock made €1,070.
In the heifer section the continental beef types were selling for €2.10-2.39/kg. Herefords made up to €1.84/kg. Butcher heifers made €1.85-2.11/kg.