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Saturday 21 April 2018

Cattle marts: Prices push on as mart numbers stay strong

Pictures and Prices from Mayo-Sligo Mart - Ballina

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
January in Ballina.
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart January in Ballina. Photo Brian Farrell
Martin Coughlan

Martin Coughlan

The majority of marts have swung back into action, with numbers surprisingly strong in some areas of the country for the time of year.

Other sales yards reported they were dealing with an increased stream of enquiries rather than instantly bigger numbers.

Those with numbers to sell felt that while prices largely mirrored pre-Christmas levels, the better quality store and forward store bullock has pushed on.

The story among the heifers is better again with prices moving up strongly in some places.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 1009
Weight . DOB June 2014 . 11/2017
Breed LMX CHX Sex
Price €1550
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 1009 Weight . DOB June 2014 . 11/2017 Breed LMX CHX Sex Price €1550 Photo Brian Farrell

Among those improved performers on the steer side was the top quarter of the 400-499kg section which moved up 8c/kg to average €2.36/kg or, in round figures, from €944-1,178/hd.

Driving this price increase is the value being put on the better continental animal verses his plainer Friesian or Angus counterpart.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 28H
Weight 764K
DOB 2014
Breed CHX
Sex Dry Cow
Price €1550
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 28H Weight 764K DOB 2014 Breed CHX Sex Dry Cow Price €1550 Photo Brian Farrell

The difference between the breeds at the top end of the quality market on the ringside table for last week in the 400-499kg section sees the better Friesian back from the continental price by 72c/kg or from €288-359/hd.

The better Angus/Hereford bullock was 43c/kg less than the continental.

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9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 132
Weight 400K
DOB April 2016
Breed BB
Sex . Heifer
Price Û1200
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 132 Weight 400K DOB April 2016 Breed BB Sex . Heifer Price Û1200 Photo Brian Farrell

As the year goes on, you will often see men with reputations for buying only better continentals slip in an occasional bid on a batch of so-called lesser cattle as the reality dawns that they might need to spread their money. There are men who specialise in the Friesian bullock, but as I say, you do on occasion see other buyers mix it up a bit.

The reason is they realise that if they are to bridge the numbers gap to get to where they want to be, they have no choice but to buy some of these so-called lesser cattle as the overdraft begins to run thin.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Packing them in at Ballina, Co Mayo
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Packing them in at Ballina, Co Mayo Photo Brian Farrell

The big movers last week were on the heifer table where, overall, the value of your 350-399kg heifer rose by 22c/kg or from €77-89/hd.

In the 400-499kg section, overall values rose by 13c/kg with the better heifer at this weight returning a very nice touch for her seller at €2.45/kg or from €980-1,222/hd, up 20c/kg on her pre-Christmas ringside price.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 530
Weight 564K
DOB June 2016
Breed CHX
Sex Bullock
Price €1360
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 530 Weight 564K DOB June 2016 Breed CHX Sex Bullock Price €1360 Photo Brian Farrell

Replacements

The improvement is not as dramatic in the 500-599kg section with overall averages up just 8c/kg and the better heifer up 9c/kg.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 161
Weight 504K
DOB March 2016
Breed LMX
Sex Heifer
Price €1145
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 161 Weight 504K DOB March 2016 Breed LMX Sex Heifer Price €1145 Photo Brian Farrell

However, that still leaves round figures in both sections looking very healthy at values from €1,115-1,336/hd overall to €1,245-1,491/hd for that better animal.

In short, the marts last week reported a very positive start to the year.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 546
Weight 472K
DOB May 2016
Breed CHX
Sex Bullock
Price €1235
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 546 Weight 472K DOB May 2016 Breed CHX Sex Bullock Price €1235 Photo Brian Farrell

One of the big drivers of the mart trade for the month of January has to be that in maintaining the huge factory kills seen in November and December, there now have to be buyers out there who need big numbers of replacements.

Marts Roundup

 1 LISTOWEL

2018 got off to a flying start here with manager Barney O’Connell saying: “I’m very happy with how our first sale of the new year went. We had a lot of cull cows and they were a great trade.” Indeed they were, with Barney’s sales sheets showing nothing selling for less than €100/hd with the weight. Top price of the day went to a 725kg Friesian who sold for €1,125/ hd. While bullocks were small in number, Hereford and Angus typically sold from €2.00-2.08/kg. The trade for calves was also buoyant with three tofour-week-old Friesians selling from €95-140/hd.

9/1/2018 Ballina Mart
Lot Number 131
Weight 184K
DOB july17
Breed LMX
Sex Weanling Heifer
Price €560
Photo Brian Farrell
9/1/2018 Ballina Mart Lot Number 131 Weight 184K DOB july17 Breed LMX Sex Weanling Heifer Price €560 Photo Brian Farrell

2 KILKENNY

The story here was also one of an excellent start to 2018. Again the cull cows were out in big numbers and again, like at Listowel, prices were very buoyant with Friesian culls making up to €1.90/kg, while continentals pushed on to €2.30/kg. George Candler reckoned that prices for stock in general were similar to before Christmas, though in cases they did push on. Your 600kg+ bullock sold from €1.80-2.45/ kg, while the 500-600kg forward store made from €1.70-2.53/kg. Prices in the 400-500kg bullock section ranged from €1.60-2.50/kg with lighter lots making up to €2.35/kg. In the heifer ring, beef heifers sold from €2.00-2.46/kg.

3 BALLINASLOE

Sales here also mirrored pre-Christmas prices as the trade continued strong. Bullocks averaged from €2.15/kg to a top of 2.40/kg. That top spot was taken by a 475kg Charolais who sold for €1,140. Although factory prices may be coming under pressure, the €2.12/kg or €1,450 given for a 685kg Aberdeen Angus proves that the factory boys can still give it when they have to. Heifer prices averaged €2.08/ kg with a top price per kg of €2.54 paid for a 315kg Aberdeen Angus with another 335kg Angus heifer claiming second spot at €2.40/kg. Cull cows sold from €625-1,125/ hd.

4 ENNIS

This was another sales yard with bigger than expected numbers for the day of the year with the cull cow again adding considerably to this. Starting with those culls, the top price of the day went to a 980kg Charolais who clicked €2,040 or €2.08kg, while best price per kg went to a 660kg Limousin who made €2.26/ kg. Continentals aside, the Friesian cow also had a good day out with 770kg doing a very creditable €1.65/kg with a quality 580kg black and white, possibly going for further feeding, making €1.52/kg. Among the bullocks, trade was strong for forward stock with a lot of the better quality heavier lots making over €2.30/kg with a 675kg Limousin hitting the top spot at €2.44/kg

5 BALTINGLASS

Another positive start with lighter bullocks and heifers in particular much in demand resulting in their prices pushing on by €30-40/hd. Among those lighter animals were batches of 405kg Limousin bullocks who sold for €950/hd and 375kg Limousin heifers who made €880/hd. Prices for heavier heifers were also very good with one 600kg Charolais topping the charts at €1,670 or €2.78/kg followed very closely by a 578kg Limousin at €2.75/kg.

6 BALLA

Prices here were also reported as very good with statistics showing that overall they were up €30/hd on the same week last year. Lighter stores under 400kg averaged €2.19/kg. Bullocks from 400-500kg saw a 495kg March 2016-born Limousin make €2.60/kg, which helped the overall average in the division to settle at €2.26/kg. In the factory section, a 730kg April 2015-born Charolais hit top spot making €2.35/kg. As elsewhere, both heifers and cull cows were a fine trade with one 775kg Limousin cull making €1.72/kg, while top price among the heifers went to a June 2017-born 305kg Blonde d’Aquitaine cross who clicked €3.28/kg.


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