Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

Brisk trade and higher prices despite negativity

Joe Healy

For the second week in a row, despite all the negativity with factory prices, the mart trade was brisk and showing significant improvements.

All classes of steers were up and by as much as 19c/kg for the plainer lighter bullocks under 400kg with an average price of €1.53 paid for these types.

The nicer lots were making from €2.05-2.65/kg which reflected a 12-15c/kg rise from the previous week. Steers between 400-500kg sold for €1.90-2.45/kg with the heavier lots selling between €1.90-2.30/kg, which was an improvement of 2-7c/kg.

Poorer quality lots moved at €1.49-1.68/kg. The light heifers were up by 1-6c/kg and making between €2.05-2.50/kg. Plainer types made an average of €1.80-1.83/kg. Good heifers over 500kg were back by anything from 2-17/kg at a range of €2.05-2.40/kg. Surprisingly, the plain heavy heifer was up by as much as 9c/kg, selling for €1.85-1.95/kg.

The weanling bulls were similar, with the lighter types improved by 4-14c/kg and making from €2.20-2.90/kg, while heavier types were down by 8c/kg at €2.05-2.50/kg.

Poorer bulls made from €1.65-1.80/kg. Heifer weanlings had a good week and were up by 4-20c/kg selling from €2.25-2.90/kg.

Kilkenny had 485hd for sale. Beef steers were in short supply while the store bullocks and heifers met a sharper trade than recent weeks. Steers over 600kg were selling for €1.85-2.35/kg or €550-760 over the weight. The 400-600kg lots sold for €1.50-2.43/kg.

Butcher types made from €1.90-2.20/kg. Stores were selling for €1.90-2.72/kg or €350-550 over. Continental cull cows were making from €1.40-2.03/kg. Friesian culls sold for €1.00-1.80/kg.

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The plainer stock were proving difficult to move at Enniscorthy Mart but the better quality types were holding firm. Beef bullock prices ran from €1,250-1,680. This was reflective of €700-1,000 over their weight.

In the suck calf section the continental bulls among the 160 presented for sale sold for €350-500 while the heifers made from €250-430. Hereford and Angus bull calves were making from €240-440.

Dowra Mart had 460 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was improved for all classes of cattle on the day. Weanling heifers under 300kg made from €1.70-2.80/kg with a few fancy lots making up to €3.10/kg. Bulls from 300-400kg made from €1.70-2.80/kg, while the bulls over 400kg ranged from €1.70-2.40/kg.

A special clearance sale of sucklers saw cows with a calf at foot make from €1,400/unit up to a top price of €2,400 for a Charolais crossbred cow with twin bull calves at foot.

Balla Mart had 600 lots on offer. Quality store bullocks were up €50-70 on the previous week with heavy bullocks making from €500-1,000 with their weight or €1.49-2.75/kg.

A 10-year-old seventh-calf Limousin with a Limousin bull at foot topped the suckler section at €1,930.

A big entry of 670 cattle and 70 calves at Carnew Mart met with strong demand. In the calf ring the Friesian bulls were selling for €60-175. Continental bull calves made from €220-440. The heifers ranged from €180-410.

Bullocks at Maam Cross were selling for €1.95-2.45/kg. The heifers moved at €1.60-2.85/kg, while weanlings made from €1.60-3.08. Cull cows ranged from €1.25-1.85/kg. Top class bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe were making from €515-925 over the weight. Beef bullocks ranged from €615-810 over. Cull cows sold at prices of €700-1,740 each.

At Mayo/Sligo Mart the continental bullocks between 370-520kg were selling for €2.00-2.52/kg. The bull weanlings were making from €2.25-3.00/kg.

The 500-650kg steers at Tuam Mart were moving at €2.02-2.26/kg. The 380-460kg lots sold for €2.05-2.40/kg. Bulls over 400kg made from €2.19-2.30/kg.

Irish Independent