Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Booming trade continues as most prices hit record levels

Even old stock at €2.17/hd as Kilkenny up €10-15/hd

Joe Healy

There is no let up to the booming mart trade for cattle. Sales throughout the past week reported record prices and lively demand for all categories of stock.

One manager remarked in jest that you have a poor animal now if you are failing to get €2/kg, but there is an element of truth in what he said because, while we have made big news recently of cull cows making up to €2/kg, we now see some marts reporting prices for old, well-fleshed cows of up to €2.17.

Young suckler cows with a calf at foot were making €1,500-2,000/unit, while in-calf cows were selling for €1,000-1,500.

Good quality continental store bullocks and heifers are at €2-2.50/kg. Heavy types were commanding €2-2.40/kg. Weanlings were generally making €1.80-2.40/kg depending on breed, weight and quality.

Kilkenny saw prices up by €10-15/hd, with an excellent trade all round for the 710 cattle offered for sale. Heavy continental steers over 600kg were selling for €2-2.36/kg. The 400-600kg coloured lots were making €2.18-2.48/kg. Lighter bullocks made €2.25-2.77/kg, with Friesian stores selling up to €1.90/kg. Factory heifers were selling for €-2.28/kg. Butcher types were making €1.90-2.17/kg. Stores were at €1.98-2.25/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,250-1,700/unit. In-calf cows made €1,000-1,480. Continental cull cows made €1.60-2.17/kg, with Friesian cows at €1.23-1.65/kg.

A good selling trade with prices well maintained, especially for the quality cattle, was the report from Ballinakill. The heavy steers made €1.85-2.35/kg. Forward stores moved for €1.80-2.30/kg while the lighter types sold for €1.78-2.60/kg. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €1.90-2.30/kg, while the stores made €1.75-2.40/kg.

Bullocks under 500kg at Ballymote made €400-625 over the €/kg, with the heavier types selling for €450-740 over. Light heifers up to 400kg made €300-632 with the weight, while the 400-500kg lots sold for €350-750 over. Heavy heifers made more than €400, with some quality types suitable for breeding making up as high as €915 over. Weanling bulls weighing 200-300kg made €355-585 over. The 300-400kg lots sold for €400-715 with the weight, while the heavier bulls made up to €770 over.

Springing sucklers made €1,260-1,690.

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On Friday, there will be a special bullock and weanling sale in conjunction with all other stock at 11am.

Dowra had 640 cattle on offer at Saturday's sale. Prices were very strong with plenty of farmer customers for all classes of stock. Store bullocks made €400-750 over. Weanling bulls over 500kg sold for €450-700 over the weight with a few top lots making up to €950 over. Lighter bulls made €300-650 over. A few top lots made up to €900 with the weight. Breeding heifers sold for €500-900 over, while stores made €300-650 with their weight. The weanling heifers sold for €300-650 over. In-calf heifers prices made €1,500-2,150 for the better lots, while cows with calves at foot sold for €1,500-2,100 each.

Balla had their dearest sale of the year so far with 852 head of stock on offer at their cattle sale and 658 weanlings. Heavy steers were in demand and rose by €30-60/hd, selling for €1.83-2.38/kg. Trade for heifers was strong with some good quality heifers making €2.05-2.75/kg (€640-905 with their weight), while forward stores made €2.37-2.56/kg (€630-750 over). Weanling bulls sold for €2.15-3.48/kg, while the heifers made €340-600 over. Lots suitable for breeding made in excess of this. In-calf heifers at their special sale made up to €2,450.

Beef bullocks sold for €655-800 over the weight in Raphoe. Stores made €300-700 over the €/kg. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €455-825 with their weight, while the stores made €300-715 with the weight.

Carnew had 460 weanlings on offer with an improved trade for lighter heifers which sold for €2.20-3.15/kg. Bulls moved at €2.15-3.05/kg. There were 840 animals at their cattle sale.

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