Good week for weanlings, but steers and heifers are back by up to 13c/kg
Ringside shows that last week was a good one for weanlings but it was a difficult week for the bullocks and heifers. Steers were back 1-6c/kg and the heifers down by as much as 13c/kg.
The majority of the steers were bought between €2.20/kg and €2.80/kg, with some of the better lighter types making up to and over €3/kg.
Heifers made €2.30-2.90/kg in the main. Poorer lots ranged from €2.00/kg to €2.15/kg. On the plus side, the weanlings were up by 5-19c/kg, with the bulls varying from €2.30/kg to €3.30/kg and heifers making €2.70-3.50/kg. Plainer weanlings made from €1.90/kg to €2.50/kg
The trade was a tad easier for steers and heifers in Kilkenny where 800hd were offered for sale. The heaviest of the bullocks were selling for €1.80-2.45/kg or €600-950 with their weight. Lots between 500-600kg sold for €1.80-2.60/kg, while the 400-500kg types made €1.90-2.90/kg.
Lighter steers ranged from €1.60-3.35/kg or €300-860 with the weight. Beef and forward store heifers were selling for €1.80-2.40/kg. Stores under 400kg moved at €2.00-3.00/kg. Continental cull cows were making €1.60-2.40/kg and Friesians €1.20-1.90/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made €1,250-2,040/unit.
Numbers of steers and heifers were down at Ennis Mart but trade was up by about €10/hd. Bullocks under 500kg were making €2.20-3.26/kg.
Bullocks over 500kg sold for €2.00-2.79/kg, heifers under 500kg made €2.11-2.85/kg and heavier heifers sold for €2.07-2.58/kg. Feeding cows made €1.20-2.29/kg and beef cows from €1.70/kg to €2.23/kg.
Numbers in Kilrush were also smaller in all categories but trade held very strong especially for young stock. Friesian bull calves made from €110-165, whitehead heifers from €200-345 and whitehead bulls from €230-365. Friesians cull cows ranged from €1.20-1.88/kg. Heifers sold for €2.10-3.19/kg and bullocks for €2.00-3.02/kg