Most marts are reporting smaller numbers on offer with the odd exception. Trade seems to be holding strong, especially for quality stock. Beef animals continue to sell for a little either side of the €2/kg mark. Forward stores are selling mainly up to €2/kg while lighter store continental's are making €2-2.20/kg. General prices range from €1,100-1,500/unit.
A smaller but very good sale was the word from Ennis Mart. Beef cattle were selling for €1.90-2/kg. Forward store bullocks made €1.80-2/kg, while the lighter cattle made €2-2.20/kg.
Exporters were anxious for the tops of the weanling and were willing to pay €2.50-3 for the best of the Blues. The Charolais and Limousin bulls were making €2-2.50/kg, while the heifers were running at about 10c/kg less than the bulls.
Kilkenny had increased numbers and a sharper trade for both beef and store cattle. Good quality heavy finished steers sold for €1.75-2.10/kg. Friesians made up to €1.73/kg. Forward stores made €1.70-2.02/kg while lighter types sold for €1.90-2.17/kg. Five good 305kg Friesian bullocks made €655 each, or €2.15/kg. Continental heifers fit for slaughter were making €2-2.19/kg with Angus types selling for up to €1.81/kg. Butcher heifers sold from €1.50-2.11/kg. Prices for the store heifers ran from €1.60-2.22/kg.
Ballinakill had 300 cattle for sale on Saturday. The better quality types met with a very keen demand. Heavy bullocks made €400-700 over. Forward stores ranged from €350-675 with their weight while the lighter stores sold for €250-500 over. Fleshy heifers were selling for €350-575 over the €/kg with €180-425 over being the general run for the stores. Weanling bulls made €240-450 over the weight.
Trade in Ballymote was reported as unchanged. Light store bullocks were making €200-380 over with heavier lots making up to €450 over. The light store heifers were making €220-405 over their weight. Heavier lots made up to €445 over. Cull cows sold for €125-600 over. Suckler cows with calves were making up to €1,350/unit. Weanling bulls made from €330-405.
Carnew Mart had a big sale of 820 cattle with a very lively selling trade. Factory demand for beef was especially strong. Exporters were very active for BB Bulls. Well-fleshed steers made €400-820 over their weight. Stores sold for €260-700 over with a top price of €1,000 over the €/kg paid for a weanling bull. Plainer lots sold back to €280 over. Beef heifers were selling for €350-720 over the weight. The stores made €300-550 over. Prices for cull cows ran from €150-500 with the weight.
Top bulls over 600kg in Raphoe were making €470-845 over the weight. Beef bullocks made €440-720 over. Store bullocks sold for €240-510 over the €/kg. Fat heifer prices ran from €300-710 over the weight while the stores were selling from €200-485 over.