However, last week seven of the 12 averages
in the bullock section fell. It’s not entirely easy to read this
because the pattern of movement is very broken.
section, for example, sees all averages fall from 1c/kg for the
lesser quality bullock to 5c/kg or €25-30/hd for the better animal.
This has led to an overall average decline of €15-18/hd or 3c/kg.
Yet there is positive movement both above and below this weight.
The 600kg+ bullock went up 2c/kg on average last week, with the
figures indicating general stability. This stability is down to the
continued good weather on one hand and stable factory prices on the
other. Stability Going back down the weight table that stability
seems to be lacking in places.
The overall average price of the
300-400kg bullock fell by a modest 1c/kg or €3-4/hd last week but
the poorer animal at this weight saw his price slip by 5c/kg which
is €15-20/hd while the better bullock rose 4c/kg or €12-16/hd. In
the 400-500kg section the musical chairs saw the overall average
improve by 2c/kg to €2.19/kg or from €876-1,093/hd.
I’m making more
of a big deal about what is happening in these two sections than
what is happening above these weights because I believe you are now
starting to see the influence of increased dairy numbers coming
Above this weight the fall off in price isn’t so much
quality related as available numbers. You can’t buy what isn’t
there, with several mart managers saying the numbers of heavier
500kg+ forward stores have fallen away quite dramatically recently.
AFTER his sale last Thursday, John O’Hanlon was of the
opinion that some grass finishers were becoming concerned that
numbers of quality stores were starting to dry up. “Trade was
strong and brisk but quality lots are getting scarce”, he said.
Among those quality lots were Charolais and Limousins from
420-430kgs, the tops of whom made from €2.74-2.55/ kg. In the over
24 months category, top prices went from €2.81-3.04/kg for 535-
575kgs. Those whose age possibly pushed them out of spec saw
Charolais stock of 775kgs make €2.19/kg with 615kg on €2.39, while
the same weight Aberdeen Angus made €2.24/kg.
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very lively as beef bullocks sold from €680-1,100/hd over their
weight with beef and butchers heifers even stronger, starting again
at €680 over the €/kg but pushing onto to a very impressive
€1,400/hd over the €/kg. Store bullocks made from €470-810 with
€/kg, with lighter Friesian stores selling between €170-400 with
their weight. Heavy Friesian bullocks made from €500-750 over the
€/kg, while beef cows came in at between €430-800 with €/kg.
Feeding cows were making from €170-470 with €/kg.
Saturday saw prices hold well with lighter store bullocks under
400kgs making €2.71/kg on average but topping out at €3.06/kg. In
the 400-500kg section the average was €2.37 with the top of the
market here seeing €2.66/kg. As at Ballymahon, numbers of two year
old/500kg+bullocks were not plentiful with their price here
averaging €2.26/kg. At the weanling sale held earlier in the week,
bulls from 200-350kgs averaged €2.84/kg, with those from 350- 450
on €2.56/kg. Heifer weanlings from 200-350 averaged €2.85/kg with
those from 350-450 averaging €2.60/kg
sunny weather helped keep trade very buoyant. Among the prices for
bullocks were 445-460kg Limousins who made from €2.49-2.58/kg. In
the heifer ring a 520kg Charolais hit €2.40, while the strength and
breeding potential of the Friesian in the dairy sector saw €2.75/kg
paid for exactly the same weight (520kgs) Friesian heifer.
Numbers and prices held well on the day and, as elsewhere,
the lighter the animal the greater the per kg price. Two 340kg
Limousin bullocks made €2.80/kg while two at 500kgs made €2.46/kg,
while the top of the market for Friesians was €2.00/kg. Among the
heifers, the prices went from €1.78/kg for a 575kg Friesian to
€2.67/kg for a 300kg Charolais. The trade for cull cows saw a 945kg
Shorthorn make €1.79/kg, while a 610kg Friesian changed hands at
€1.52/kg. The better quality Limousin or Charolais from 650kgs up
made from €1.55-1.67/kg.
The weanling trade was reported as
“very strong” with bulls under 300kgs making from €1.80-3.60/kg.
Moving into the 300-400kg section prices went from €1.90-3.30 while
above these weights prices ranged from €2.00-2.80/kg. Among the dry
cows the tops sold from €1.80- 2.25/kg while stores made from
Prices were maintained with strong demand
for forward stores and heavy cattle. In the Hereford and Angus
section, the prices for the 540-580kg bullock ran from
€2.10-2.20/kg. Moving to the continentals a Charolais at 570/kg
made €2.33/kg, with a 450kg Limousin securing €2.56/kg.
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