Demand spurs beef returns
PRICES were up at the marts this week, particularly for beef and store heifers, which recovered by €10/hd and €15/hd spurred on by strong demand.
There was 96pc clearance for stock at Maam Cross on Saturday, where cattle prices were up an average of €35/hd.
Bullock prices averaged €164 per 100kg up to a maximum of €183 per 100kg, heifers made €143 per 100kg on average up to a maximum of €164, weanling bulls sold for €361-455/hd and weanling heifers €331-570/hd. Cows sold for €410-690/hd.
A large contingent of Northern Ireland buyers helped to slightly push up prices at Dowra mart on Saturday, where 420 cattle were offered.
Heavy bullocks over 600kg made €250-500 over and lighter store bullocks sold for €200-450 over. Store heifers made €200-400 over and quality heifers suitable for breeding made up to €600 over.
Dry cows made from €100 under to €150 over for the best of the young cows. A special entry of suckler cows met a very strong trade with young cows with calves at foot making up to €1,850/hd, while the best of the in-calf cows achieved €1,200-1,650/hd. The older cows made from €800-1,100/hd.
Weanling bulls over 400kg made €250-450 over and the top-quality lots suitable for shipping made up to a high of €800 over. Lighter bulls sold for €200-400 over and weanling heifers made €150-350 over.
Plain cattle were harder to sell at Ballinakill Mart on Saturday, where 300 animals were offered. Heavy bullocks made €270-485 over, forward bullocks €300-410 over, and lighter stores €210-350 over.