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Sold: These July 2019 Limousin-Cross bullocks sold for €920hd at Enniscorthy Mart. Photo: Roger Jones

Sold: These July 2019 Limousin-Cross bullocks sold for €920hd at Enniscorthy Mart. Photo: Roger Jones

Sold: These July 2019 Limousin-Cross bullocks sold for €920hd at Enniscorthy Mart. Photo: Roger Jones

Some claimed over the weekend that the edge was beginning to go off Northern demand for heavy cattle at marts.

Yet others I spoke with disagreed citing very strong competition for heavy cattle from smaller Northern processors and bigger wholesalers. I’m more inclined to think that as factory prices appear to be stabilising last week saw us reaching a plateau in relation to mart prices for beef.

A number of marts including Kilkenny and Mohill took the initiative last week and included special beef sections aimed at those in the slaughter or export sections of the business, as well as those who buy forward heavy stock for further feeding. Prices in general ranged from €2.00-2.30/kg for bullocks and heifers, with heavy cull cows ranging from €1.50-2.00/kg.