All-round price increases as quality stores rise Â¤50-80/hd
Weanlings also remaining strong with cows at Â¤2/kg
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.