Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 March 2018

Cattle Marts: Weanlings meet solid trade at marts

Joe Healy

CATTLE numbers held at the marts this week with a solid trade reported for weanlings.

Prices on average were up, especially for the forward stores, as farmers seem to be buying with a fast turnaround off grass in mind.

Prices for cattle and weanling sales in Ennis Mart last week were up by 10pc on the corresponding week last year. The farmer-type weanling bull for the home market was up slightly, where the good 350-400kg R-type sold for €1.80-1.95/kg. Calves for export made upwards of €2.50/kg. The lighter weanlings around 250kg sold for €2.20-2.50/kg.

There were bigger heifer and bullock numbers on offer at Baltinglass Mart on Wednesday. Bullocks from 500-600kg made €300-450 over, while the lighter stores made €280-400 over their weight.

The heavy heifers between 500-600kg sold for €300-400 over and heifers from this back to 300kg made €250-320 over.

Trade remained firm in Ballymote Mart, with the rain increasing numbers of onlookers, but there were also more buyers interested in buying stock as grass growth improves.

Heifers met a strong trade as lots over 400kg made €200-250 over. Bullocks made €200-310 over. The heavier types are more in demand as the year progresses. Suckler cows sold for €835-1,150. Younger types with Belgian Blue calves at foot met with best demand.

Up in Raphoe Mart, top class bulls over 600kg made €330-620 over. Heavy beef bullocks sold for €340-465 over. Store bullocks made €255-495 over while store heifers sold for €200-425 with their weight. The beef-type heifer sold to a top price of more than €600 over. Dry cows made €585-990.

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Ballinakill Mart had a smaller sale due to the bank holiday weekend. Prices for quality types were up by €10-20/hd. There was lively farmer interest in forward stores with prices at €300-540 with the weight. Light store prices ran about €50-60 back from these.

Beef heifers sold for €320-440 over and the stores made €250-350 over. Weanling bulls made €280-400 with their weight while the heifers sold for €220-340 over. Prices for suckler cows made €800-1,150/hd and cull cows sold from €1/kg up to €300 over.

All cattle were up by €10/hd at Kilkenny Mart. The general run for the bull weanlings varied from €1.75-1.95/kg. Heavy bullocks sold from €1.55-1.70/kg, or €270-465 over. Forward stores sold for €1.65-1.90/kg.

Lighter steers under 400kg made €1.74-1.90/kg, reflected in prices of €180-415 over. Friesian cull cows made €80 under to €160 over the weight, or €1.20-1.25/kg, while continental cows made €120-380 over.

Irish Independent