Farm Ireland

Thursday 19 April 2018

Fleshed animals popular as returns remain strong

Cattle marts

Joe Healy

Prices remained extremely strong at the marts in the past week, with fleshed stock being snapped up by factory agents and farmers very active for stores. Exporters were reasonably active for suitable stock.

Cull cows hit a high of €2/kg. Both fat steers and heifers generally sold for €1.80-2.20/kg. Good weanling bulls made €2.10-2.30/kg, while heavier types sold for €1.80-2.10/kg. Plainer lots ran at 10-20c/kg back from this. Weanling heifers made €2-2.30/kg, with top-quality lots making up to €2.50/kg. Suck calf supplies are very small but continues to make up to and more than €400. Suckler cows range from €1,000-1,500.

Ballinakill Mart had 400 cattle on offer and reported a solid trade. Top-quality bullocks sold for up to €800 over the weight and the best of the heifers made up to €750 over. Beef bullocks made €1.80-2.35/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.75-2.40/kg, while lighter steers made €1.85-2.50/kg. Weanling bull prices ranged from €1.90-2.25/kg. In the heifer section, well-fleshed lots sold for €1.84-2.22/kg. Stores made €1.72-2.27/kg. Cull cows ranged from €1.25-1.82/kg. Prices for suckler cows went from €950-1,270/hd.

Prices were similar to the previous week at Kilkenny Mart, where stock numbers, especially heavy stock, remained tight. Cull cows were probably the best sellers, with Continental types making as much as €2/kg and Friesians making up to €1.59/kg.


Heavy steers over 600kg sold for €1.90-2.24/kg or €500-756 over the weight. Forward stores made €1.90-2.17/kg, while lighter lots sold for €2-2.46/kg. Beef heifers made €600-775 over the €/kg at €1.90-2.21/kg. Butcher types ranged from €1.90-2.18/kg and stores sold for €1.80-2.12/kg or €270-465 over the weight.

Dowra Mart had another very strong cattle sale this week, with forward store bullocks and heifers making €400-800 with the weight, and lighter stores making €300-700 over. Prices for weanling bulls and heifers ranged from €400-750 over the weight for the best lots, while plainer sorts made €200-400 over. The top cull cows made €400-550 over the €/kg, while older plainer cows sold for €150-300 over the weight.

Prices were strong but numbers were down at Enniscorthy, where beef cattle made €400-780 over. Stores sold for €300-705 over the €/kg. Beef and butcher heifers made €350-665 over the €/kg and store heifers made €290-625 with their weight. Cull cows ran at €165-395 over. Suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,000-1,550/unit. In-calf cows made €900-1,330 each.

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At their calf sale, Continental bulls sold for €225-440/hd, while heifers sold for €200-390. Friesian bull calves made €135/hd for the lighter lots and up to €325 for the stronger lots. Hereford and Angus bull calves made €225-385, while the heifers made €175-300 each.

An increase in the number of animals on offer at Ballymote met with good farmer and exporter interest. Dry cows sold for €150 over the weight for backward-feeding types up to €330 over for heavier lots. Weanling bulls made €300-445 over the weight and heifers sold for €250-515 over.

Indo Farming