Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

Good week as numbers remain tight

Joe Healy

It was another good week at the cattle marts around the country. Numbers are pretty tight across the board, especially the well-fleshed steers and heifers fit for slaughter.

Cattle fitting this description sold generally for between €2.00-2.60/kg. Continental stores were selling between €2.20-2.70/kg.

Finished continental cull cows ranged from €1.80-2.34/kg, while Friesian culls ready to be killed made from €1.55 to €1.90/kg. Store cows sold for €1.20-1.60/kg.

Continental suck calves were making €250-500 depending on age, quality and strength. The strong Friesian bull calf was making €150-200, while lighter types ranged from €50 to €80/hd.

Prices of €1,000-1,500 was buying most of the dairy and suckler cows.

There were smaller numbers on offer in Kilkenny Mart, with 850hd on offer. Prime beef stock remain very scarce. The good heavy steers over 600kg sold for €2.00-2.60/kg.

Plainer types made from €1.70-2.00/kg. The 400-600kg steers ranged from €1.60/kg to €2.75/kg.

The better quality lighter types made €2.40-3.37/kg, while plainer lots sold for €1.40-2.00/kg. Factory and butcher heifers were selling for €2.00-2.60/kg. Stores made €2.00-2.75/kg or €480-650 with their weight.

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Continental cull cows made €1.60-2.34/kg. Friesian culls ranged from €1.30/kg to €1.90/kg. Prices for suckler cows with a calf at foot made €1,100-1,450/unit.

Store bullocks under 500kg were making €300-625 over their weight at Ballymote Mart. Heavier lots made €500-840 over. Heifers under 400kg sold for €350-620 over the weight.

The 400-500kg types ranged from €425 to €865 with the €1/kg. Heavier types made up to €910 over.

Light weanling bulls were selling for €350-630 with the weight. Bulls over this weight made €420-835 over. Most of the light weanling heifers moved at €250-525 with their weight, while the heavy lots made up to €745 over.

Suckler cows made €900-1,640/hd. Backward cull cows sold back to a €1/kg, with fleshy types making up to €450 with their weight.

Carnew had 620 cattle and 120 calves on offer, with a noticeable increase in the number of farmer buyers present. Beef and forward store steers made from €650 to €1,100 with the weight.

Lighter stores sold for €320-870 over. Weanling bulls ranged from €450 to €910 with the €1/kg. Well fleshed heifers were selling for €650-1,080 with the weight. Stores moved at €350-940 with the €1/kg. Good cull cows made €500-960 over the weight, while feeders sold back to €250 over.

The 400hd on offer at Ballinakill Mart met with a very good selling trade with recent strong prices maintained for bullocks, while beef heifers were dearer by €10-20/hd.

Heavy steers and beef heifers made from €2.00-2.60/ kg. Lighter store bullocks sold for €1.80-2.98/kg. Weanling bulls traded at €2.10-2.60/kg. Store and weanling heifers made €1.80-2.40/kg. Cull cows ranged from €1.35 to €2.05/kg.

Top class bulls over 600kgs up in Raphoe sold for €700-870 over the weight. Beef bullocks made €910-1,060 over the €1/kg.


Stores were making from €380 to €910 with the weight. Beef heifers ranged from €580-1,090 with the €1/kg with the stores moving at €350-820 over. It speaks volumes about the trade when you see cull cows hitting a high of €2,080. Cows for further feeding sold back to €700.

Cattle numbers remain tight at Mountbellew but good quality lots of stock met with very keen demand. Nice weanling bulls over 300kg were making up to and over €800, while the heifers over 250kg were making upwards of €600.

Sucklers with a calf at foot topped out at €1,500, while the best price for a cull cow was €1,200 for 565kg or €2.12/kg.

Mayo-Sligo Mart reported a big demand for all stock. Quality continental stores were making from €2.20-2.65/kg. Good bull weanlings made up to €2.84/kg with 410kg selling for €1,170.

The best of the heifers sold for €2.30-2.87/kg. Nice quality weanling heifers made €2.20-2.70/kg. Cull cows made up to €1,540. Feeders sold for €920-1,130.

In the calf ring, continental bulls were selling for €200-470, with the heifers moving at €200-520. Angus bulls sold for €150-215.

The heifers made €210-330. Friesian bull calves traded at €50-190.

Irish Independent