Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bidders out in force for good stock

Farmers and exporters remain active at ringside but numbers being offered are smaller in most marts.

On Saturday last at Balla Mart there were 700 lots on offer. There were more farmers in attendance than normal, plus some Northern buyers, and this resulted in some excellent prices paid for suitable lots.

Prices for the heavy bullocks and dry cows were up €20-€40/hd.

Bullocks averaged €150.87-179.33 per 100kg, while heifers made €163.50-173.43 per 100kg.

Bull weanlings sold for €153.89-179.87 per 100kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot met a good demand and the top price of €1,620 was paid for a Belgian Blue cow with calf.

There was a smaller sale of cattle in Kilkenny Mart. Quality store bullocks showed a slight reduction in price. Beef bullocks and heifers increased by €10-20/hd. There was an excellent trade for cull cows once again. The heavy steers over 600kg generally sold for €1.60-1.80/kg (€320-560 over the weight). Forward stores between 500 and 600kg made €180-370 over. Bullocks under 500kg sold for €50-420 over while plainer Friesian types made as low as €1.14/kg. Some top quality continental stock made more than €2/kg.

Heifers suitable for slaughter made €1.60-1.80/kg (€250-540 along with their weight). The stores sold for €120-330 over. Continental cull cows made from €50 over for the plainer unfinished stock up to €430 over for the good, well-fleshed types. Friesian cull cows made from €200 under up to €250 over. Weanling bulls made €230-600 over their weight.

Mountbellew reported a "real good trade" for a smaller entry than normal. The recent growth of grass had many farmers around the ring, who were more than anxious for quality store cattle. Store heifers made up to €405 with their weight. Store bullocks sold for up to €380 over.

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Heifer weanlings sold for up to €330 over the weight, while the bulls made more than €400 with the weight for the better quality lots.

Cull cows in Raphoe sold to a top price of €1,330, while the rest sold from this back to €585. Store bullocks and heifers made €250-450 with the weight, while beef heifers sold for €280-610 over.

Wexford Farmers' Mart had a steady trade for the 165 calves on offer last Wednesday. Continental bull calves made €175-425, while heifers sold for €135-375/hd. Friesian bulls sold for €95-225. Friesian heifer calves made €145-310. Hereford and Angus bull calves sold for €140-300, with the heifers €30-50 back off these prices.

Irish Independent