The better quality bullock remains static but the poorer quality at this weight was up an average of 10c/kg over the same fortnight – that’s €60+/hd.
It adds more confusion as to why the 600kg+ bullock’s replacement of choice 500- 599kg bullock is having such a mundane time.
However, it does support the idea that suitable numbers of better replacement stock are just not there on the ground at this weight.
Perhaps, the prices for the 400-499kg animals were beginning to be influenced by the increased numbers of dairy type stock coming on the market from a burgeoning dairy sector.
There the averages remain more or less stationary.
The story among the heifers is more positive however with the exception of the poorer quality 600kg+ heifer who fell out of bed last week to the tune of 22c/kg or €132/hd.
Leaving her aside, overall averages from 350-599kgs are up by 1-3ckg or from €4-18/hd with the bottom quarter in both the 400-499kg and 500-599kg sections seeing increases of 7and 6c/kg respectively or from €28-36/hd.
While the poorer animal in the 600kg section fell that 22c/ kg last week the good news was that the better animal at this weight gained 8c/kg or €48/ hd which helped offset that 22c/kg loss.
Up to €2,000/hd was paid for the better quality
continental cows suitable for the suckler herd as some suckler men
continue to resist the lure of the dairy dollar. Mart manager
Michael Harty reported that prices for cull cows from the dairy
sector ran from €1.80-2.05/kg. Among the bullocks, your good middle
of the road Friesian was getting €2.00/kg or a shade more. Hereford
and Angus bullocks saw prices top out at from €2.00-2.20/hd.
Manager Michael Lynch noted more numbers in his yard than
the previous week but by the conclusion of the day’s business he
was satisfied that there had been no “slippage in the trade” and he
noted that short keep cattle were “strong”. Averages across all
weights in the bullock section were as follows: Friesian
€1.70-2.10/kg, Continental €2.20-2.80/kg with Hereford/ Aberdeen
Angus on €2.00-2.50/kg. Among the 600kg+ cull cows, Friesians
ranged from €1.30-1.70/kg with Continentals’ making from
Thomas Potterton described the sale as “a
good day” for business. Lighter dry cows made from €1.15-1.49/kg
with €1.37 the average, while heavier stock ranged from
€1.26-1.73/kg. In the bullocks “your good light store” made from
€1.30-2.82/kg. Once you went above 500kgs, prices ranged from
€1.74-2.27/kg. The heavier trade was “very brisk” with those under
300kgs averaging €2.53/kg to a top of €3.00/kg while the 300-400kg
heifer ranged from €1.78-2.89/kg with the 400-500kg animal making
There was a return to big numbers
but prices remained strong as the large number of farmer buyers
present went about filling their summer grazing quotas. You’d have
had to do better than €2.52/kg to land that 595kg Charolais
bullock, while if you dropped down the weights you’d be the under
bidder at €2.95/kg for four 385kg Limousins which made €2.96/kg. In
the heifer ring, a 395kg Limousin made €3.04/ kg while a 345kg
Angus hit €3.12/kg before the hammer fell.
There was a “
strong trade all round” with a price of €2.65/kg being paid for a
360kg Charolais with a 355kg Angus not much further back at
€2.56/kg. A 550kg Charolais sold for €2.54/kg and a 500kg Angus hit
Prices were reported as “holding firm” for
all stock. At the heavy end of the bullocks, a 600kg Charolais made
€2.16/kg with a 470kg Limousin going for €2.46/kg. In the heifer
ring samples included a 485kg Belgian Blue at €2.56/kg and a 500kg
Limousin at €2.36. Looking at the weanling trade there were 345kg
Charolais heifers at €2.68/kg, while Charolais bulls from 240-
285kgs made from €2.73-3.12/kg.
Trade at Gortatlea was
still “very firm with the cow trade going through the roof”
according to manager Maurice Brosnan. Continental cows made from
€2.00-2.20/ kg with Friesians on €1.65-1.85/kg. Top of the pile
money wise was a 950kg Limousin cow who made €2,050. Maurice noted
that a scarcity in quality 350-450kg bullock has seen average
prices across the entire 350- 450 spectrum rise over the last month
to between €2.50-2.70/kg. And as the saying goes “a rising tide
lifts all boats”, as the Friesian bullock has also risen in that
time by around €100/hd.