Weanlings take 10c/kg hit, but cull cows 'highest in years' at Kilkenny
Ringside shows weanlings taking a hit this week, with an average drop of around 10c/kg.
If we look at the good news first, which is that good forward store bullocks were 6c/kg up to an average of €2.65/kg. Heavier steers were making from €2.15-2.50/kg, while lighter lots ranged from €2.20-3.00/kg. Lesser types sold for €1.80-1.90/kg.
A range from €2.30-2.55/kg took care of most of the heavy heifers. The 400-600kg lots moved at €2.35-2.70/kg, while lighter lots made from €2.40-2.90/kg. Plainer heifers were selling for €2.05-2.20/kg. The light bulls were making from €2.50-3.15/kg.
Bulls over 300kg made from €2.25-2.85/kg. The O grade types varied from €1.80-1.90/kg. The majority of the weanling heifers moved at €2.65-3.10/kg, with some quality lighter lots making up to €3.30/kg.
Cattle were a very strong trade at Dowra mart last Saturday, with weanling heifers under 300kg making from €2.10-3.40/kg. Lots between 300-400kg made from €2.30-3.30/kg. Heifers from 400-550kg sold for €2.00-2.85/kg, while those over 550kg made from €2.10-2.60/kg. The bulls under 300kg made from €2.00-3.50/kg. The 300-400kg lots were making from €1.80-3.30/kg. Heavy bulls over 450kg ranged from €2.10-2.70/kg. Store bullocks under 550kg made from €2.00-2.80/kg. The best of the cull cows were selling for €1.90-2.35/kg. Feeding cows were making from €1.30-2.00/kg. Good young suckler cows with a calf at foot moved at €1,600-2,000/unit. Older cows with a calf at foot made from €1,200-1,600 each.
Balla reported that year on year, prices were up an average €125/hd on the corresponding sale this time last year. Store bullocks were making from €600-800 with the weight, or from €1.53-3.51/kg. Heavy bullocks made from €1.51-2.87/kg.
Light heifers under 400kg were selling for €2.18-3.39/kg. Heavier lots sold for €1.79-3.02/kg. Despite the weanling numbers tightening there was still good quality on offer with prices ranging from €2.36-2.58 for the heavier lots and from €2.00-3.00/kg for the lighter bulls. There was serious demand for weanling heifers suitable for breeding drove prices up to €4/kg. Lighter types moved at €2.55-3.33/kg.
Carnew had 500 cattle and 50 calves offered for sale. Very strong demand for quality weanlings led to prices of up to €3.55/kg being paid in a range from €450-1,200 with the €/kg. Beef and forward store bullocks sold for €750-1,100 over their weight. Lighter stores made from €550-980 over. Friesian steers were selling for €300-750 with the weight. Beef heifers moved at €600-1,100 with the €/kg. Stores made from €450-850 over. Suckler cows with a calf at foot varied from €1,300-1,850/unit.