Data doesn't tally with positive reports coming from the marts

Ringside differs somewhat from what mart reports would suggest
Ringside differs somewhat from what mart reports would suggest

Joe Healy

Ringside differs somewhat from what mart reports would suggest. While the latter indicates a solid, or even improved, trade over the past week, the data here shows a difficult week for almost all categories with steer and heifer prices back by between 3-7c/kg in the main with the weanlings showing a similar slide, while the best of the heavy bulls suffered a 19c/kg hit on average.

Steers under 500kg were making from €2.20-3.00/kg, with heavier lots selling for €2.15-2.60/kg. Lesser quality bullocks sold at €1.80-1.90/kg. The more forward and fleshy heifers sold between €2.20-2.65/kg, while lots under 500kg were making from €2.30-2.85/kg. Plainer heifers were selling for €1.90-2.15/kg. Most of the bull weanlings moved at €2.40-2.80/kg, with some of the top quality lots under 400kg making between €3.00-3.15/kg. Poorer types traded at €1.80-2.15/kg. In the weanling heifer section, the under 400kg lots were making from €2.70-3.30/kg, with the heavier lots selling for €2.55-3.00/kg. O-grade lots were making from €2.25-2.50/kg. Nice quality freshly calved dairy heifers were making from €1,400-1,800, while older cows sold from €1,000-1,500.

Carnew had 850 cattle and 180 calves on offer. Trade was brisk with more farmer customers present leading to improved prices. Strong demand for export weanlings saw prices of up to €3.50/kg paid for top lots in a range from €500-950 over the €/kg. Beef and forward store bullocks were selling for €750-1,150 with their weight. Stores sold for €550-1,060 over. Friesian steers were making from €300-700 with their weight. Heifers fit for slaughter made from €600-1,100 over their weight. The stores sold for €450-850 over.

In the calf ring, the Friesian bulls were making from €60-245. Continental bulls made from €250-490 and the heifers from €150-410. Angus and Hereford bulls ranged from €220-380. The heifers made from €160-380.

Surprisingly, calf numbers were smaller in Kilrush despite it being the first day of the non-quota era. Trade was very strong. Friesian bull calves generally made from €120-200. Hereford heifer calves sold to €320 while the bulls made up to €340.

In Ennis, the bulls and heifer weanlings were a firm trade with many top quality lots exceeding €3/kg. Suck calf numbers were back slightly on the previous week. Friesian bull calves made from €120-310. Continental bull calves made up to €570 and heifers up to €590. Whitehead bull calves sold for €250-410 and heifers from €230-390. They had a big sale of sucklers and in-calf heifers, with a special clearance sale. Sucklers with a calf at foot sold to €2,300 and in-calf cows to €2,040. A large entry of dairy cows saw prices range from €1,190-1,580.

Dowra had 570 cattle on offer last Saturday. Weanling heifers under 300kg made from €2.40-3.65/kg. The 300-400kg lots sold for €2.00-3.40/kg. Heavier types ranged from €1.80-2.85/kg. The lighter bulls were moving at €2.00-3.60/kg. Bulls from 300-400kg made from €1.80-3.50/kg, while the heavier lots made from €2.10-3.00/kg. Store bullocks under 550kg were making from €1.90-2.85/kg. Steers over 550kg made from €2.20-2.75/kg. Young fit cull cows varied from €1.90-2.40/kg, while feeding cows made from €1.20-2.00/kg.

Balla described their Saturday sale of over 700hd as their biggest for years. Store bullocks up to 400kg were making from €500-825 with the weight, or from €2.25-3.52/kg. Heavier steers made from €1.70-3.00/kg. Heifers were up slightly on the previous week. Light heifers under 400kg sold for €1.97-3.83/kg. Heavy heifers made from €2.04-3.03/kg. Suckler cows peaked when €2,050 was paid for a four year-old Limousin with a Charolais bull calf at foot.

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Light bull weanlings varied from €2.00-4.06/kg, while heavier lots made from €1.87-3.92/kg. The lighter heifer weanlings were selling for €1.66-3.95/kg. Heavier types made from €2.17-3.14/kg.

Prices were described as a little stronger in Maam Cross, where the steers were making from €2.18-3.05/kg and the heifers from €2.60-3.65/kg. Weanlings were selling for €2.55-3.31/kg, with €1,080 paid for a 320kg quality bull weanling. A top price of €1,380, or €2.32/kg, was paid for a cull cow with the rest selling from this back to €1.35/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,205-1,520/unit.

Ballinakill's 500hd enjoyed the dearest sale of the year so far. Heavy steers sold for €2.10-3.00/kg. Forward stores were selling for €2.00-3.30/kg, with the lighter types moving at €1.90-3.50/kg. Beef heifers ranged from €1.95-2.55/kg. Stores made from €1.90-3.00/kg. The weanling heifers were in strong demand and sold for €1.90-3.00/kg, while the bulls sold for €2.00-2.60/kg. Prices for cull cows ran from €1.50-2.00/kg.

A slight dip in the trade at Kilkenny mart was being blamed on the slow grass-growing weather. Heavy steers were making from €600-800 with the weight at €1.90-2.45/kg. The 400-600kg lots moved at 1.70-2.90/kg. Lighter types varied quite a bit in quality with a range in price from €1.60-3.45/kg reflecting this. Beef heifers were making from €2.00-2.55/kg, or €600-810 over their weight.

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