Fleshed stock still in strong demand but plainer types are back even more

Joe Healy

It was a pretty solid week across the board for cattle over the past week. Fleshed stock remain in strong demand. However, the very plain types probably fell another bit in price with customers for those types extremely scarce.

The good finished cattle were making from €2.20-2.50/kg, with lesser quality lots fit for slaughter selling from €1.80-2/kg.

Weanlings suitable for export were making up around the €1/kg. Forward stores were in keen demand. In general, prices of €1.50-2.30/kg bought most of the lighter stores. As with previous weeks the freshly calved dairy cows and suckler cows with a calf at foot sold in a price range from €1,000-1,500. The strong Friesian bull calves made from €150 to €250, with lighter, more bred types selling for €70-110. Most of the continental bull and heifer calves sold for €250-420.

A slightly smaller sale than last week at Ballinakill Mart. There was a steady trade for most lots but some of the smaller lighter lots were difficult to sell. Heavy bullocks made €1.90-2.50/kg. Forward stores ranged from €1.85 to €2.70/kg. Lighter lots were making €1.45-2.45/kg. Beef heifers moved at €1.95-2.50/kg. The stores traded for €1.50-2.25/kg. Weanling bulls were selling from €1.70/kg to €2.15/kg, while the heifers made €1.20-2/kg.

The heifers were the best sellers in the 1,166hd on offer at Balla Mart. A mixture in the quality of light heifers saw prices vary from €1.37/kg to €3.10/kg. Heavier lots made €1.64-2.89/kg. The weanlings ranged from €1.34 to €2.64/kg. Heavy bullocks made €1.86-2.80/kg, while lighter types made €1.41-2.32/kg. The weanling bulls suitable for export were making up to and over €3/kg.

Bullocks under 400kg were making €300-610 over their weight in Ballymote. Lots between 400kg and 500kg made from €400-765 over the €1/kg. Steers over 500kg sold for €480-850 over the weight.

Heifers under 400kg were making €200-480 over the €1/kg. Heavier types were selling for €350-910 with the €1/kg. Heifer weanlings sold from €250 to €480 with their weight. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,200-1,400/unit.

Carnew had 1,200hd of cattle on offer. The trade was strong for beef and forward stores but plain light cattle were easier. The heavy steers were making from €750 to €1,120 over the €1/kg. Stores sold for €320-900 over. Fleshed heifers ranged from €650 to €1,080 with their weight. Store heifers made €320-950 over the weight. Finished cull cows made up to €950 with the €1/kg, while feeders sold back to €150 over.

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Top-class bulls over 600kg were making €850-1,055 over the weight up in Raphoe. Beef bullocks ranged from €720 to €1,050 over. Stores sold for €300-925 over the €1/kg. Beef heifers were making €595-1,135 with the weight, while stores sold for €300-940 with the €1/kg. Cull cow prices ranged from €705 to €1,400.

Continental steers over 550kg in Tuam were making €2.34-2.59/kg. The heifers over 500kg sold for €2.28-2.57/kg. Lighter types made from €2.44/kg to €2.75/kg. Continental weanling bulls between 380-480kg were selling from €2.82/kg to €3.10/kg while the coloured heifer weanlings were making €2.30-2.65/kg. Cull cows made up to €1,570.

The plainer cattle were a sticky trade at Enniscorthy Mart. Well fleshed steers made €680-1,045 over the weight. Quality stores sold to €910 over but poorer lots struggled to make above the €1/kg at times. Fit heifers were selling for €600-1,000 with the weight. Stores made €100-700 over. Bull weanlings varied from €400 to €800 over the €1/kg.

The heifers made €300-660 over the €1/kg. Cows with a calf at foot generally sold from €1,000 to €1,580/unit. In the dairy section, maiden heifers were making from €550 to €800.

A lively trade in the calf ring saw the continental bulls sell for €250-445, with the heifers making €210-410. Friesian bull calves sold for €80-200.

Cows with calves at foot sold up to €1,710 at Mayo/Sligo Mart. Cull cows topped out at €1,860 or over €2/kg.

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