Continental sucklers are the stars as prices hold firm for quality stores
The mart trade was relatively positive over the past week with many reporting prices being firm to improved. The best sellers were the good Continental sucklers with a sound calf-at-foot, along with the finished or quality store stock.
In certain parts of the country the unfavourable weather has left land in a condition that does not encourage farmers to buy stores to graze until a period of dry weather improves ground conditions. Most of the heavy beef cattle made from €2.00-2.65/kg.
Good quality weanling bulls made up to and over €3/kg. In the main, the general run were selling for €2.20-2.70/kg. Plainer types were selling for a bit either side of €2/kg. Suckler cows with a calf-at-foot made from €1,500-2,400/unit, with older and plainer units moving for €1,000-1,300.
Kilkenny Mart had a smaller turnout of 420hd, with a lively trade reported apart from the store heifers where a noticeable lack of farmer customers had a negative affect on trade. The heavy steers were selling for €2.10-2.66/kg. Forward stores made €2.00-2.40/kg, with the Friesians dominating at the lower end of the prices. Lighter stores generally sold for €2.00-3.00/kg.
The 540 cattle at Balla Mart met with an improved trade, especially for the plainer lots. Heavy bullocks were selling from €1.95 to €2.98/kg. Quality light weanling bulls sold up to €3.04/kg, while plainer lots moved for upwards of €1.81/kg. Heavy bulls traded at €1.93-2.85/kg. The best of the suckler cows with a Belgian Blue crossbred bull-calf at foot hit a high of €2,100.
Ballinakill Mart reported a firmer trade for all classes due to more buyers around the ring. Prices in general were up by €10-20/hd compared to the previous week. Heavy bullocks were selling from €1.90/kg to 2.80/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.00-2.90/kg, with the lighter stores making €1.80-3.00/kg. Beef heifers ranged from €2.00-2.40/kg, with the stores making from €1.80/kg to €2.30/kg. In the weanling section the weanling bulls made €2.00-2.70/kg. The heifers sold for €1.80-2.40/kg. Prices for cull cows ran from €1.30/kg to €2.10/kg.