average price rises across all the remaining divisions 300-599kgs
sees 4-5c/kg being about where it was at last week.
translate into mart averages of €681-906/hd or €2.27/kg in the
300-399kg section last week, while the 400-499kg bullock averaged
€2.19/kg or from €876-1,093/ hd.
The 500-599kg animal rose 5c/kg to
€2.11/kg or from €1,055-1,264/hd. System These are big figures even
given the recent factory price rises and they are to some extent
being driven by the fact a lot of marts have yet to reach their top
pitch where spring sales numbers are concerned.
This brings me to
another point made to me by a factory buyer who asked the question:
“Where are all those extra cattle that are supposed to be in the
system; who has them?”
If they are there, and Bord Bia and the farm
organisations say they are, would now not be a good time to start
The weanling trade continues to flourish with those
lighter Turkish type bulls again seeing gains with the 100-299kg
section up 10c/ kg.
However, all other weight divisions in the bull
section did fall on average last week by anything from 2-9c/kg.
Trade at Castlerea on Thursday was no different to any
other sales yard across the country last week as farmers feared the
worst, warm sunshine driving a spurt of grass growth and possibly
not enough stock to eat it. To this end the heifer ring here saw
390-490kg Charolais make from €1,105-1,280/hd, while €1,480 saw a
645kg Charolais head to a new home. The weanling trade saw shippers
driving those lighter Turkish types hard. 250kg €850, 280kg €865,
430kg €1,235 all Charolais bulls, while €855 was the price of a
295kg Angus, with a 485kg Limousin making €1,235.
The following day saw Carrick-on-Suir’s weekly mart with John
Curran commenting that “cattle sold like hot buns”. Prices here saw
four Aubrac 408kg bullocks make €1,090/hd or €2.67/kg, while six
355kg Angus made €2.25/kg or €800/hd. Among the more dairy type
bullocks eight 361kg Friesians saw €650/hd, while the owner of a
single 480kg Friesian refused €950. The man with the seven 370kg
Herefords didn’t look his gift horse in the mouth, taking home
close to €5,900 on a sales price of €845/hd.
also a very good turnout at Headford last weekend, with farmers
buying for spring grass bidding bullocks up to between €330-1,045
over the €1/ kg. Top of the pops among the bullocks was a 645kg
Limousin who made €1,690, while the best among the heifers was also
a Limousin who at 590kgs made €1,400. The general run of heifers
made from €320- 810/hd over the €1/kg. Cull cows made from
€950-1,360/hd, with sucklers making from €1,300-1,700/hd.
Up close to the Border trade cracked on equally well
with prices for Charolais bullocks from 322-380kgs going from
€800-1,045/hd. €1,055 would have got you a 471kg Hereford, while
€90 more at €1,145 saw a 464kg Limousin heading to pastures new.
Moving to heavier stock, a €1,365 brought home a red Limousin,
while €1,405 saw a 670kg red and white Hereford probably make a
shorter trip. Heifers were also choice, with Charolais from 310-
473kgs seeing prices from €805-1085/hd.
Ballinasloe saw some midland and east coast buyers bow out
gracefully as local farmers set prices alight. Could you buy value?
Well with prices among the bullocks averaging from €2.38 to a top
of €3.07/kg, those buying might agree it wasn’t simple. But who’s
to say that in a week or a month those prices may appear
manageable. Same with the heifers, they averaged €2.35/kg, while
those rating four and five stars pushed onto a max of €2.90/kg. Dry
cows averaged €1,040/hd, with the top price being €1,240.
Listowel’s calf and dairy sale saw a very good trade for calves,
with Aberdeen Angus bulls typically making €150-295/hd. Trade for
that slightly older calf saw Hereford bulls sell from €120-360/hd,
while Hereford heifers typically went from €130- 200/hd, with the
top of the market ranging from €242-297/hd. Friesian calves sold
from €40-55/hd for younger or possibly not so polished lots, to
between €112-145/hd for better older stock. Friesian heifers made
Saturday’s sale at Carnew was described
as “very strong for beef and store cattle” as farmers, finishers
and factories got stuck in. Beef bullocks made from €650-1,100/ hd
over the €1/kg, while the continentals stores made from €550-920/hd
over their weight. Friesians made €220-710 over €1/ kg. Weanling
bulls sold from €450-860/hd over the €1/kg.
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