Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cattle Mart: Brisk trading as prices increase at ringside

Joe Healy

Most marts reported very active buying especially for the quality forward stores and weanlings. Exporters, local farmers and buyers from North of the border and Britain helped prices at quite a few ringsides.

Plain cattle were a tougher trade in Kilkenny Mart with prices back by €10-20/hd. The better quality types were just about holding their own. Heavy continental steers made up to €530 over, selling for €1.60-1.75/kg, with Friesians selling for up to €1.40/kg. Continentals from 400-600kgs made from €1.70-€2/kg. Friesian steers in this weight category sold for €1.32-1.42/kg. Lighter stores made from €250-410 over, with the plainer stores selling for €100 over the kg. Prices for beef heifers ranged from €1.60 to €1.80/kg or €300-450 over the €1/kg, with butcher and store types selling up to €365 over. Cull cows made from €150 under up to €270 over.

There was a good trade for the 1,250 cattle on offer at Balla Mart. Prices were steady for bullocks, heifers were up €20.

Quality store bullocks made up to €600 over the weight, while plainer lots made from €200-420 over. In the heifer ring the best of the stores and weanlings sold for €220-520 over. Dry cows were in great demand, with good quality cows making from €150-310 over the €1/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,100 to €1,285 for the best of the lots.

Ballinakill Mart reported a very good trade for weanling bulls and heifers with the bulls selling for €630-910/hd and the heifers in a price range of €410-620/hd. Bullocks sold from €280-540 over, with the best of the trade for the quality forward stores. The heifers were selling for €230-425 over.

At Wexford Farmers Mart Friesian bull calves made from €95-210/hd, with the continentals ranging between €150 and €410/hd. Hereford and Angus bull calves were selling for €110-255, with the heifers making €105-220. Continental heifer calves made €135-385. Dairy cows made from €870-1375/hd.

Despite plenty of customers evident in Ballymote for Thursday's store cattle, sale prices were under pressure compared to recent weeks. Continental bullocks around 400kg held relatively steady, making €280-455 over. Heavier lots of 500kg and over made €300-465 over the weight. Light heifers under 400kg sold from €180 to €300 over the €/kg. Lots over 400kg made €200-530 along with the €1/kg.

Top-class bulls over 600kg sold for €290-755 over the weight in Raphoe. Beef bullocks made €335-585 over, while stores made €200-495 over. Prices for beef heifers made €250-485 over the weight.

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