Cattle Marts: Lively trade for quality weanlings
THE MART trade for weanlings, store and heavy cattle remains very lively again this week.
Active Northern Ireland buyers are a feature in a number of the marts with good local farmer interest also noticeable as good grass growing conditions continue. The top quality weanling suitable for export is commanding excellent attention and price.
Balla Mart had 925 cattle for sale on Saturday. Bullock prices were up by €20-30/hd. Heifers were steady and intense farmer demand resulted in some exceptional prices paid for some light store bullocks with more buyers in attendance, particularly from Northern Ireland.
Store bullocks made from €250-610 over the weight while plainer lots sold for €200-440 over.
In the heifer ring the best of the store and weanling heifers made €180-475 over.
Dry cows were in great demand, with the good quality cows making from €150-300 over their weight. Good suckler cows with a calf at foot were selling for €1,100-1,330/hd. Older cows with calves made from €800/hd upwards.
Balla Mart's end of month continental sale takes place next Saturday, August 28. Trade at Ballymote was improved with strong local farmer interest as well as agents acting for midland and northern customers for steers and heifers.
Bullocks from 300-400kg were making €200-375 over. The general run for the 400-500kg steers was €300-470 over the weight while the heavier lots sold for €300-500 over.