Those extra numbers of dairy stock appear to be generally in the
350-450kg weight category.
This is a factor in the average price in
the 300-399kg bullock section falling by 6c/kg or from €18-24/hd,
while the overall average price in the 400-499kg section fell
11c/kg last week.
Above this weight the falls are less dramatic at
3c/kg or €15-18/hd in the overall average of the 500-599kg section,
with the 600kg+ section shedding 4c/kg or a minimum of €24/ hd last
The heifer table is like the proverbial game of two halves
with everything above 500kgs gaining ground. The best of these
gains were in the 600kg+ section which despite losing 3c/ kg off
the price,the better heifer at this weight gained 6c/kg or €36/hd
on average last week, driven by a massive jump in the value of the
bottom quarter of 20c/kg or €120/hd.
The importance of the live
shipping trade can be measured from last week’s bull weanling
Despite showing a fall in the average value of 7c/kg or
from €7-49/hd to €2.26/ kg in the 100-299kg section, it still sees
the overall average value at this weight range from €226-675/hd.
“We’ve had bigger sales so far than in 2016 but
numbers will be easing from now on,” said manager David White of
Casleisland. This is to be expected, however prices remain “good to
strong” down Kerry way. Six 476kg Hereford bullocks made €2.11/kg
which is slightly above last week’s national average of €2.09/kg
for that weight. Also doing well were the lighter types with a
404kgs Charolais making €2.41/kg, while seven 347kg Friesians hit
€1.73/kg or 5c/kg above the ringside average for the breed at that
weight. The heifer trade was “strong”, samples included two 230kg
Herefords at €2.26/kg and four 411kg Limousin cross Angus types at
Moving to the East and the sales in Co Carlow
also continue to be large for the time of year, with trade
described as “lively”. Beef and forward types remained strong while
stores held steady. The forward Friesian bullock sold up to
€2.07/kg with one 700kg Charolais hitting €2.47/kg. With plenty
grass customers still after the store bullock, the sale saw
Friesians make €2.00/ kg with Hereford/Angus types on €2.10-
2.30/kg, while the good continental store sold from €2.50-2.60/kg.
Some exceptional 400kg lots hit the magic €3.00/ kg mark.
Further to the south numbers have eased back gradually over
the last couple of weeks but still remain “good” according to John
Curran. Prices definitely also remain “good” at Carrick with six
316kg Friesians making €2.17/kg, while three at 413kgs hit
€2.11/kg. Among the more “milky Friesian types” prices ran from
€1.61 for 364kgs to €1.98/kg for 405kgs. However the bullocks that
really caught the eye were the three 640kg Herefords who at €2.22kg
were 2c/ kg or €13/hd above the ringside average of €2.20/kg for
the top quarter of that breed at this weight.
Clare mart saw prices “holding well” according to manager Sean
Ryan. This was especially true of the heifer — with four 550kg
Charolais at one point making €2.32/kg and two more at 420kg making
€2.33/kg. “There are a lot of positives at present,” said Sean. He
noted farmers were now competing with shippers for weanlings and
pushing prices “for the lighter one to €2.80-2.90/kg with €3.00
also possible”. Feedlot buyers were also active especially for
forward Angus and Herefords.
Numbers of bullocks were
down however the quality aspect kept prices very respectable at
averages from €2.22-2.91/ kg. The heifer trade was described as “
brisk” with prices ranging from €2.47-3.15/ kg. Numbers of dry cows
continue to be strong at many marts with Roscommon no different,
with prices averaging €1.85/kg to a top of €2.42/kg as farmers,
agents and feedlot buyers got stuck in.
There was also a
very strong turnout of cull cows, with feeding cows selling from
€2.00-2.39/kg while the store cow saw prices in the €1.47-2.00/kg
range. In the weanling bull ring the 250-350kg animal made from
€2.80-3.63/kg, with the 350- 450kg bull seeing prices from
€2.50-3.00/ kg with the majority of bulls, in both weight
categories being bought by exporters. 7 HEADFORD Bullocks made from
€275-808/hd over the €/kg. Top in the purely money stakes was a
525kg Charolais who clicked €1,380. Weanling heifers sold from
€2.55-615 with the €/kg, while bull weanlings made from €225-765
with €/kg. Suckler cows made from €1,000-1,250/hd, with cull cows
selling from €600-1,280/hd.