Farm Ireland

Thursday 18 January 2018

All-round price increases as quality stores rise ¤50-80/hd

Weanlings also remaining strong with cows at ¤2/kg

Joe Healy

Prices at the cattle marts around the country have continued to improve, with one operator reporting a €50-80/hd rise for quality stores.

The weanlings also remain extremely strong, with the nice bull and heifer making €2.20-2.50. Choice lots are making up to and more than €3/kg.

Cull cows fit for slaughter were making €2/kg. I noticed one mart reporting a price of €1,800 for a 900kg cow. Despite all of this, the best trade is probably for in-calf heifers or young cows with quite a few reports of €1,300-2,000/hd.

Quality continental bulls from 400kg upwards made €2.16-2.39/kg in Ballina. Lighter quality bulls from 300kg-400kg sold for €2.05-2.86/kg.

Bulls between 200-300kg made €2.10-3.32/kg. Weanling heifers from 300-400kg were selling for €1.96-2.42/kg, while heifers from 200-400kg made €2.12-2.84/kg.

A special Aberdeen Angus sale of weanlings saw the heavier bulls selling for €2.02-2.16/kg. Lighter bulls made €2.71-3.08/kg. Heifers of around 250kg were making €2.40-2.76/kg, with lighter and plainer types at €1.71-2.19/kg.

Ballinakill Mart had smaller numbers with around 500 cattle on offer. A strong trade saw heavy bullocks selling for €1.85-2.30/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.80-2.25/kg, with the lighter types at €1.75-2.55/kg.

Beef heifers made €1.88-2.25/kg. Stores sold for €1.70-2.20/kg. In the weanling section, the bulls made €1.90-2.35/kg, while heifers sold for €1.75-2.15/kg. The best of the cull cows made up to €2/kg, with plainer types selling back to €1.15/kg.

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Dowra Mart had 710 cattle on offer and the trade was described as very strong, with some very fancy prices paid for the top cattle in all classes.

A good show of heavy steers over 600kg made €700-1,270 over the weight, while the lighter store bullocks sold for €450-750 over. Heavy heifers over 500kg made €400-700 over, with a few lots for breeding making up to €850 over.

Weanling bulls over 450kg were selling for €400-650 with the weight, with a few top lots making up to €800 over. The lighter bulls were making €350-650 over. Weanling heifers sold for €300-650 with their weight. Some choice lots made right up to €800 over.

There were 852 cattle on offer last Saturday at Balla with 974 calves at their weanling sale. The bullocks sold for €2.04-2.81/kg. Trade for heifers was also strong, with good quality heifers making €1.92-2.77/kg or €665-1,000 with their weight.

Forward stores made €2.11-2.54/kg (€430-705 over the weight). In-calf cows and cows with a calf at foot were making €1,100-1,980, while cull cows made up to €950.

Carnew Mart had 550 cattle on offer and reported a better trade for beef and quality stores, with prices up by €20/hd. The heavy steers were making €350-800 over the €1/kg. Finished heifers sold for €500-820 over, with stores making €350-575 over. In-calf heifers made €970-1,550. At the calf sale, Friesian bulls made €165-245. Continental bull calves sold for €300-455, with heifers at €250-420.

Bullocks less than 500kg were making €400-675 over their weight at Ballymote Mart. The 500-600kg lots made €420-710 over. Heifers under 400kg made from €350 to €570 over. Lots from 400-500kg were selling for €380-650 over the weight. Suckler heifers were making €1,200-1,500.

At Enniscorthy Mart, weanling bulls made €350-550 over, with choice lots making up to €650 over. Heifers made €320-550 with the weight.

Cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,500-2,000/unit. In-calf heifers made €1,350-1,600, with in-calf cows at €950-1,370.

Demand was very strong for the 150 suck calves on offer.

Beef bullocks made €655-785 over the weight at Raphoe Mart. Stores sold for €445-840 over. Well-fleshed heifers were making €370-1,040 with the weight. Stores sold for €295-710. The best of the cull cows hit a high of €1,670.

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