Demand for all calves continues to be strong as numbers tighten

Joe Healy

Suckler cows with a calf at foot were selling well

Numbers being offered continue to tighten. Plainer stock remain a sticky trade, but quality stores, suckler cows with a calf at foot and finished stock were selling well on scarce numbers.

Prices for all calves continue to be strong. Dairy cows continue to sell for €1,000-1,500 depending on age and quality.

The best of the heavy bulls over 600kg at Raphoe Mart were selling superbly at €1,020-1,300 with their weight. Beef bullocks moved at €870-1,070 over with the stores making from €490-740 over the €/kg. Fleshed heifers sold for €675-1,145 over the weight while the stores made €385-865 over. Prices for cull cows ranged from €700-1,500.

Balla had 822 head of cattle on offer. Heifers over 500kg made exceptional prices with some up €100 on last week.

Heavy bullocks sold from €1.61-3.00/kg while lighter types made from €1.77-3.94/kg. Some heavy heifers made from €2.07-3.35/kg. Forward store heifers made from €2.30-3.32/kg. A six-year-old Simmental cow with a Belgian Blue bull calf at foot made a top price of €2,010 while the cull cows topped out at €1,930.

The majority of the light weanling bulls were making over the €2.70/kg in an overall range of €1.45-3.56/kg. Heavy bull weanlings made from €2.30-2.55/kg.

The 350 cattle at Ballinakill Mart saw the lighter store heifers and bullocks harder to sell. The dry cows, forward and beef heifers and heavy bullocks remain a good trade. Heavy bullocks made €1.95-2.45/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.90- 2.65/kg with the lighter stores making €1.85-2.70/kg. Beef heifers traded for €2.05-2.55/kg. Stores made €1.80-2.40/kg. In the weanling section the bulls were selling for €2.10-2.75/kg with the heifers making €1.85-2.55/kg.

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Trade was steady for the 700 cattle at Kilkenny Mart with the cull cows proving to be the best sellers. The continental types were selling for €1.75-2.15/kg with the Friesians moving at €1.35-2.00/kg. Beef stock were scarce and plain cattle were a little harder to sell. Continental steers over 500kg sold from €2.20-2.50 with the Herefords in this weight bracket making from €1.80-2.18/kg. Coloured steers under 500kg made €1.90-2.90/kg. Beef and butcher heifers generally ranged from €2.00-2.40/kg with a few quality lots exceeding this. Good stores made from €2.50-2.95/kg.

In the southeast, Friesian bull calves made from €175-400 at Enniscorthy Mart. Continental bulls ranged from €365-550 with the heifers making €300-510. Hereford and Angus heifer calves sold for €205-410 while the bulls sold from €280-475. Shippers were reported to be very active.

At the cattle sale, the beef bullocks were selling for €750-1,090 with the €/kg. The stores sold up to a tops of €900 over. Well fleshed heifers made €650-1,000 over their weight while the stores made €330-785 over. Friesian cull cows sold for €100-550 over the €/kg. Continental types made €500-775 over. Heavy bull weanlings were selling for €700-1,080 over.

At Cahir Mart, the forward store steers were making from €480-620 with their weight. Beef and butcher heifers made €350-600 over the €/kg. Cull cows sold for €380-500 over.

Bullocks over 500kg were making €1.89-2.33/kg at Mayo/Sligo Mart. Heavy bullocks between 400-500kg made €2.06-3.03/kg. Lighter types made €2.12- €3.58/kg. Heavy heifers over 400kg made €1.77-2.85/kg. Heifers under 400kg were making €1.97- €3.14/kg.

Quality bull weanlings from 300-400kg sold from €2.13-2.76/kg. Lighter lots generally ranged from €2.00-3.50/kg. Weanling heifers from 300-400kg were making €2.26-2.87/kg. Heifers from 200-300kg made from €2.24-3.31/kg.

Light stores made from €450-700 over the weight in Ballymote. Heavier lots sold for €520-855 over. The heavier heifers were selling for €480-870 with the €/kg with the lighter types making €400-630 over. Sucklers were making from €1,200-1,820/unit. Cull cows made from €350-830 over. A special sale of cull cows and weanlings takes place along with the usual lots this Friday at 11.15am.

Numbers were back at Dowra Mart on with just under 300 cattle on offer. Trade was improved for the quality lots and steady for the plainer types. Weanling heifers made from €2.40-3.20/kg. Store heifers sold for €2.20-3.10/kg with the heavy lots over 550kg making from €2.00-2.45/kg. A few fancy lots for breeding made up to €3/kg.

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