Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 March 2018

Good week for heifers, light bulls and bullocks but heavyweights take a hit

Joe Healy

The heifers enjoyed a good week at the marts, as did the light bulls and the store bullocks. However, bullocks of over 600kg and the bulls over 300kg were back by as much as 7c/kg and 15c/kg respectively.

Steers under 500kg made between €2.30/kg and €3.00/kg. The 500-600kg types were selling for €2.15-2.60/kg, while the heavier lots made €2.05-2.45/kg. Plainer steers sold for €1.80-1.90/kg.

Light bull prices were 5-6c/kg stronger at €2.55-3.20/kg. Bulls over 300kg were back well and selling for €2.35-2.85/kg. Poorer bulls made €1.95-2.10/kg. Weanling heifers made 3-15c/kg in the main.

Lots under 300kg moved at €2.90-3.40/kg with the 300-400kg lots making €2.65-3.10/kg. Heavier lots sold for €2.50-3.05/kg. Lesser quality types ranged from €2.15-2.60/kg.

Older heifers were also up by 3-13c/kg. A range from €2.30-2.75/kg bought most of the lots over 400kg, while the lighter types were up 10-11c/kg at €2.50-2.90/kg. Plainer lots made €2.10-2.15/kg.

Trade was steady for the 480 cattle on offer at Dowra Mart last Saturday but younger cattle were a shade easier than in previous weeks. Weanling heifers under 300kg made €2.00-3.30/kg. The 300-400kg types were selling for €2.00-2.95/kg. Heavier lots sold for €2.10-2.70/kg.

A good entry of quality well fleshed cull cows made €1.80-2.40/kg. Feeding cows were making from €1.20/kg to €2.00/kg. Young suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,800-2,400/unit. Older outfits were making €1,200-1,600.

A lively sale due to the presence of Northern buyers in Balla resulted in the average price across the board being up by €45 on the corresponding sale last year, despite the plainer lots being a bit sluggish.

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Store bullocks were making €650-860 with the weight in a range from €2.00-3.51/kg. Heavy lots met with a strong trade moving at €1.45-2.88/kg, or up to a tops of €1,155 with the weight. Light heifers under 400kg were selling for €2.19-3.67/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.83-3.04/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.31-2.67/kg. Suckler cows peaked at €2,340.

In the weanling section, the light bulls ranged from €2.00-3.57/kg. Heavier lots made €2.22-3.20/kg. Light heifer weanlings varied from €2.38-3.23/kg, while heavier types made €2.44-4.05/kg.

Carnew had 600 cattle and 150 calves offered for sale. Beef and forward store bullocks sold for €750-1,070 with the weight. Stores sold for €550-900 over.

Friesian steers were making €300-750 with their weight. Weanling bulls sold for €450-800 over the €1/kg. Beef heifers ranged from €600-1,100 with their weight. Stores made from €450-850 over.

Bull calves

In the calf ring, the Friesian bulls were making €60-245, continental bulls €250-450 and heifers from €150-400, Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €220-415 and the heifers from €160 to €435.

Ballinakill had 400 cattle. Heavy and quality types were up by €20-30/hd on the previous week. Lighter plainer lots were back slightly. The heavier steers made €2.00-2.80/kg. Forward stores moved at €1.95-2.90/kg.

Lighter continental stores were selling for €2.00-3.00/kg. Beef heifers ranged from €2.00-2.60/kg with stores selling for €2.00-3.10/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.90-2.85/kg.

Heifer weanlings made €2.00-3.05/kg. Prices for cull cows varied from €1.50/kg to €2.05/kg.

Bullocks under 400kg were making from €300-640 over their weight at Ballymote Mart. Lots from 400-500kg made from €420 to €700 over. Heavier lots were making up to €825 with their weight. The light heifers were selling for €310-610 with the €1/kg. Lots over 400kg sold up to €705 over.

Cull cows were making €350-835 over their weight. Weanling bulls made €300-655 with their weight. The heifers sold for €250-600 over.

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