Demand for all calves continues to be strong as numbers tighten
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.