Cattle Marts: Store bullocks and heifers driving strong prices
CATTLE prices remain very strong at the marts. Good quality store bullocks and heifers are great sellers while farmers and exporters are very active for the weanlings. Trade for suck calves and all types of cows, especially heavy cull cows, remains very brisk.
Tullow Mart had a small sale of just over 265 head on Friday. Trade was strong for all lots. Dry cows sold from €400 up to a tops of €815/hd. Suckler cows with calves at foot made from €950-1,100/hd. Prices for store heifers ranged from €220-360 with the weight, while heavy heifers sold from €280-400 over. Plain bullocks were €200 over. Quality lots made up to €407 over their weight.
The weanling season made a strong start, especially for the heavier lots. Bull weanlings sold in the region of €300-550 over and the weanling heifers sold from €250-450 over.
There was an excellent show of weanlings for the sale of autumn-born stock in Ballymote Mart. The majority of bulls made over €300 with their weight with most of the heifers making above €250 over.
The bullock section saw plenty of customers, with winter finishers evident. Steers over 500kg made €250-355 over their weight. Lighter types sold from €230-365 over. Heifers up to 400kg sold for €200-315 over the weight while those over 400kg made from €200-340 over. The cull cows varied in price from €620 up to €915/hd.
Weanling bulls under 300kg sold for €200-345 over. Bulls over 300kg made €250-510 over the weight. The best trade was for Belgian Blue types for export with prices from €350-870 over their weight. Weanling heifers under 300kg sold for €200-280 over while lots over 300kg made from €220-470 over.
Ballymote Mart is having a special sale of store bullocks and heifers on Friday.
Ballinakill Mart had a smaller sale than normal but prices were up across the board especially for some of the lighter fancier types. Some store bullocks made as high as €500 over the weight with the beef heifers selling from €335-400 over. Weanlings also met a very brisk trade with the bulls selling for €345-410 over. Heifer weanlings sold for €260-340 over. Cull cows made from €1/kg up to €345 over. Suckler cows were making from €870-1,140/hd.