Cattle marts: Strong farmer demand for weanling bulls at Dowra
Dowra Mart had 760 cattle on offer with a strong trade reported for all categories.
Store bullocks made €250-500 over the weight. Weanling bulls met with strong farmer demand and sold from €250-€550 over. Store heifers sold for €200-400 over the €1/kg, while a few choice lots for breeding made up to €700 over.
Prices for weanling heifers ranged from €200-450 over.
Some of the better quality lots made up to €600 along with their weight. The best of the dry cows sold for €150-350 over, while the older, plainer cows sold for €100 under up to €100 over. A special entry of in-calf heifers ranged from €1,500-2,200 for the top lots, while the plainer types made from €1,000-1,400.
Kilkenny reported a similar trade to the previous week for the steers, while the forward and quality heifers and cull cows met an increased demand.
Heavy continental steers over 600kg made €1.60-1.73/kg or €330-565 over the weight.
Lighter types made €1.68-1.94/kg in a price range over the €1/kg of €360-490. Friesian steers sold for close to €1.40/kg or €150-240 over.
Continental beef and butcher heifers made €1.50-1.84/kg. For example, a Limousin heifer weighing 440kg sold for €810 (€1.84/kg). Aberdeen Angus and Hereford store heifers made €1.40-1.50/kg, while continentals made €1.60-2.05/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €850-1,100. Friesian cull cows sold from €140 under up to €150 over their weight, while the beef breeds made €50-280 over at €0.73-1.40/kg.