Cattle marts: Prices at a standstill across most categories
Pictures and prices from Castlerea Mart
TWO weeks ago the overall ringside average prices across the majority of weight divisions in the various sections from bullocks to heifers to weanlings moved up a gear or two as buyers pushed the price boundaries.
However, last week, a bit like the cold bite that blew in from the east, average prices either froze or in the majority of cases fell. There were of course the welcome exceptions, like the 2c/ kg increase in the top quarter of the 500-599kg bullock section.
This helped the average animal in this section put on a modest 1c/kg or €5-6/hd. That was helped considerably by the fact that the average price of the poorer bullock at this weight remained static at €1.84/kg which translates into an average of €920-1,102/hd.
There was further good news for those lesser quality animals in the 600kg+ section as they recorded the biggest upward swing, 9c/kg or a minimum of €54/hd across the bullock section last week.
Trouble is that particular section fell 11c/kg two weeks ago so he’s still 2c/kg below his price of three weeks ago. As to the bad news both bullocks and heifers averages seemed to fall off the wagon last week.
The 300-339kg bullocks was down 3c/kg or €9-12/hd, the 400-499kg section down 7c/ kg, €28-35/hd and the 600kg+ bullock back by 3c/kg €18/hd. And that is not the half of it, with the exception of the afore mentioned 400-499kg heifer, the best that can be said is looking at the overall averages the heifer did not have a good week.
In actual fact the poorer quality heavy heifer had a bad week, with the lesser animal in the 600kg+ section falling a massive 27c/kg or €162/hd. The next worst performer is the bottom quarter of the 500- 599kg section which fell 10c/kg on average.