Trade strengthens further as suckler cows hit high of €2,000
Culls make up to Â¤2/kg in a year of improving prices
Trade at the cattle marts started off the year pretty good but it seems like it has just got better and better as the year has progressed and, even now as we move into the second last month, the trade for the past week shows no sign of any let up.
Suckler cows hit a high of €2,000 and cull cows made up to €2/kg. Good weanling bulls and heifers are commanding €3/kg and continental store bullocks and heifers are being snapped up at €1.90-2.70/kg. Plainer breeds were making €1.50-1.90/kg and beef animals were selling at €1.80-2.35/kg.
The 850 cattle on offer at Kilkenny Mart met with a steady trade. Cull cows were probably the best sellers and sold up to €2/kg. Heavy continental steers sold for €1.95-2.35/kg. Continental stores made €2-2.47/kg, Herefords sold up to €2.08/kg and the best of the Friesians made up to €2.02/kg, with 495kg making €1,000. In the heifer ring, well-fleshed lots made €1.90-2.35/kg. Butcher heifers sold for €1.75-2.33/kg, while stores made €1.90-2.64/kg.
At the mart's special suckler cow sale, prices for cows with a calf at foot made €1,300-2,000. The heavy continental bulls over 400kg sold for €2.10-2.38/kg. Lighter bulls made €2.30-3.00/kg. Friesian bulls sold for €1.82/kg, while heifers weighing 300-400kg made €2.10-2.54/kg. Lighter types sold for €2.30-2.86/kg. Continental cull cows made €1.50-2.00/kg, while the Friesians sold for €1.10-1.65/kg.
A huge turnout of buyers at Ballina Mart saw the best of the weanling bulls make €500-930 with their weight, while top-quality Belgian Blue, Charolais and Limousin heifer weanlings sold for €600-1,160 over. Cull cows made €500-1,180, with in-calf heifers at €1,100-1,705.
There was a slightly smaller sale of just over 400 cattle at Baltinglass Mart. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.80-2.27/kg, forward stores made €1.72-2.35/kg and lighter stores sold for €1.60-2.72/kg.
Beef heifers sold for €1.82-2.25/kg as stores made €1.80-2.15/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.95-2.46/kg, while the heifers traded at €1.80-2.20/kg. Cull cows varied from €1.12-1.67/kg.
A big yard of 1,062 cattle at Balla Mart met with a flying trade on Saturday. Steer prices were up by €20/hd and sold at €2.07-2.64/kg, while heavy heifers made €2.08-2.54/kg. Store heifers sold for €2.11-3.21/kg for top quality lots.