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Cattle marts: Fresh heifers in good demand

Quality stock remains in demand as some marts reported prices for that type of stock to be up on recent weeks. Good continental, young suckler cows with a calf at foot proved to be great sellers. Young suckler calves, including the Friesian bull calves, also met a strong trade. Some dairy cows are beginning to appear at the moment.

Taaffe auctioneers had a 1,700ga pedigree dairy sale in Tubbercurry last week, where calved heifers freely made €1,800-2,300. Older cows made up to €1,700. Heifers for bulling sold to a top price of €1,200, while two-month-old heifer calves made up to €730.

Wexford Farmers' Mart reported that, with plenty of customers, demand for both bullocks and heifers held strong. It had a full clearance of the 610 cattle on offer and well-fleshed steers made €310-674 over.

Stores sold for €270-595 over. In the heifer section, the beef and butcher types made €280-600 over, while unfinished lots sold for €230-480 over. Top cull cows made up to €485 over with the rest sold from this back to €115 over.

Ballymote had its biggest sale since the turn of the New Year. Keen farmer demand led to good prices for all store bullocks. The forward types sold for €300-480 over their weight, while lighter lots sold for €200-455 with the weight.

Heifers were also a strong trade as forward feeding and breeding types made the most and sold for up to €565 with the weight. Plainer lots sold back to as low as €200 over. Dry cows made from €150 under for backward Friesian types for further feeding up to €300 over for well-fleshed cows suitable for immediate slaughter.

Quality bulls over 600kg sold for €355-675 over the weight in Raphoe.

Beef bullocks made €465-745 over. Store prices sold for €200-600 over. Fat heifers made €275-725 over their weight, while the stores sold for €200-520 over. The best of the cull cows made €1,320. Plainer and lighter lots sold back to €445.

Balla Mart had its end-of-month continental sale on Saturday with 1,023 cattle on offer. There was a good trade for most types, especially the heifers, which were up by €20-50/hd.

Steers made €200-640 over. Bull weanlings ranged from €280-580 over the weight, while heifers sold from €250 over up to a top price of €820 over. The top price for cull cows was €1,410.

Suckler cows with a calf at foot made €1,000-1,560 for the best of the lots on offer.

A Special U & R Grade Weanling sale, in conjunction with the normal cattle sale, will be held next Saturday, while on the following Saturday there will be another special sale of suckler cows, in-calf heifers and heifers suitable for breeding .

Kilkenny had a solid trade and quality cattle were the best sold. A special sale of suckler cows saw a top price of €1,380.

In Ballinakill, fancy outlying continental store bullocks of 600kg sold for €1,200, while the general run for store bullocks and heifers was €300-550 and €300-475 respectively.

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