Figures show mixed fortunes at best despite reports from individual marts
The individual reports from the marts this week are at odds with the Ringside data. While many of the marts reported an improved trade and increased prices, Ringside figures show mixed fortunes at best for the steers and heifers; a poor week for weanling heifers – only the weanling bulls enjoyed reasonably satisfactory results.
The light bulls generally made from €215-285c/kg while the heavier lots sold for 200-265c/kg.
Plainer types made from 144-173c/kg. Weanling heifers varied from 230-285c/kg with the poorer lots selling for 190-205c/kg which in some cases was up to 10c/kg down on the previous week.
Steers under 400kg sold for 215-260c/kg, the 400-500kg lots moved at 200-255c/kg and the 500-600kg steers sold for 195-240c/kg. Heavier types made from 190-225c/kg.
The more dairy-bred bullocks made from 147-158c/kg. Heifers over 500kg were moving at 200-240c/kg. Lighter lots ranged from 210-260c/kg. The plainer lots sold for 176-196c/kg on average.
Suck calves sold well during the week especially the better type continental bull and heifer with €300-450 a common range for a lot of calves.
The sale at Ballinakill was described as small but dear with the steers reportedly up by €20-30 and heifers improved by as much as €50/hd in cases. Heavy steers were selling for €1.80-2.30/kg.