Farm Ireland

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cattle Marts: An improved trade for stores and forward types

Joe Healy

MOST marts are reporting an improvement in trade, especially for store cattle and specifically for forward types. Numbers on offer are holding strong.

Prices were firm at Wexford Farmers' Mart last Tuesday, with a fast selling trade for all classes but especially for forward store bullocks and heifers. The store bullocks and the beef heifers made €220-490 with the weight, while the store heifers sold for €205-395 over. Beef bullocks made €285-525 with the weight. Prices for the cull cows varied from €75 under to €345 over.

Demand for the young calves was strong with prices steady. Continental bull calves made €140-395, while the heifers sold for around €20-30 behind that.

Beef bullocks made €460-620 over in Raphoe Mart on Thursday, while the store bullocks sold for €240-565 over. The heavy, fleshy heifers made €310-615 with their weight, while store-type heifers sold for €220-415 over. Cull cows made €525-1,120/hd.

Good R-type weanling bulls for the home trade in Ennis Mart made €1.90-2/kg, while the slightly plainer Rs made €1.80/kg (€250 over). Prices for the R-grade heifers were in the €1.80-2 bracket. The plainer heifers sold for €1.70-1.80/kg. Good Belgium Blue heifers made up to €2.50/kg.

Prices across the board were up by €40/hd in Balla Mart for the 700 cattle on offer. Store bullocks made €250-550 with the weight while plainer lots made €200-420 over. Bull weanlings sold for €300-580 over.

The best of the store and weanling heifers made €220-500 over the weight. Dry cows were in good demand, with the good quality lots making €150-550 over. The best of the suckler cows with calves at foot made €1,100-1,400, while older cows with calves made from €800/hd.

Balla Mart is holding a special U- and R-grade weanling sale this Saturday.

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Kilkenny Mart had 600 cattle for sale where the opinion was that the improvement in beef prices resulted in a better trade for store cattle.

Heavy steers over 600kg made €285-575 along with the weight, while the continentals made €1.67-1.82/kg and the plainer, blackish types €1.35-1.45/kg. Steers from 400-600kg sold for €200-420 with the weight while plain Friesians struggled to make €100 over.

Store heifers made €150-355 over, while good continental types made €1.70-2/kg. Friesian cull cows sold from €140 under to €265 over, while the continentals made €50-310 over.

Dowra Mart had 220 cattle on offer last Saturday and a strong trade and full clearance were reported. Forward store heifers and bullocks made €300-550 with their weight for the best of the lots while plainer types made €200-300 over.

Weanling bulls sold for €300-500 over, while the lighter lots made €200-400 over. The best of the weanling heifers made €250-550 over. Dry cows also met a strong trade as the best of the young cows made €150-350 over, while the older cows sold for €50-150 over. Cows with calves at foot made €1,100-1,350 for the younger pairs. Older cows with calves at foot made €800-1,000.

Ballymote had an improved trade this week, especially for forward heifers and bullocks, with more customers anxious for stock. Forward continental bullocks made €400-450 over. Lighter types made €200-305.

In the heifer section, quality forward stores of 400-500kg were in good demand and made €250-345 over, while lighter types made up to €380 over. Store cull cows sold from €50-135 over their weight.

The annual sale of autumn-born weanlings will be held next Friday at 11.30am.

Irish Independent