Brisk trade and higher prices despite negativity
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.