Halt to price slide as trade at marts is reported to be 'relatively stable'
The downward price trend of recent weeks appears to have levelled off in the past week. Numbers were small at most marts around the country and the trade was reported as relatively stable.
Continental prime cattle fit for slaughter sold for €2.00-2.50/kg, while plainer breeds sold for €1.50/kg and up. Weanling bull prices increased somewhat and while heavy weanling heifers over 400kg showed an improvement, 300-400kg heifers were back slightly. Plain, thin cull cows also proved a difficult trade and at times they struggled to make €1/kg. Top quality lots continued to sell around the €2/kg mark.
A small turnout of 350hd of cattle at Kilkenny Mart met with a sharper trade for quality lots. The improved grass growth has also served to help activity at ringside. Heavy steers made €2.05-2.45/kg or €480-900 with their weight. Forward stores sold for €1.80-2.70/kg.
The 400-500kg steers sold for €1.65-2.85/kg or €320-830 with the weight. Light bullocks made €1.50-2.65/kg. Factory heifers sold for €1.90-2.40/kg or €480-820 with the €/kg. Butcher types sold for €2.00-2.25/kg while stores made €250-500 over the weight or €1.70-2.25/kg. Continental cull cows sold for €1.40-1.95/kg and Friesian cull cows sold for €1.00-1.70/kg.
Balla Mart had 420 cattle for sale. Prices for quality heavy bullocks were slightly up at €800-900 with their weight or €1.52-2.67/kg. Lighter plainer types were harder to sell and sold for €450-590 with the €/kg or €1.37-2.82/kg.
Light heifers under 400kg sold for €1.40-2.68/kg while heavy lots made €1.95-2.63/kg.
A two-year-old Charolais cow with a Charolais bull calf at foot topped the sucklers at €1,990, while a seven-year-old Simmental-cross cow weighing 860kg hit a high of €1,785 in the cull cow section. A smaller sale of weanlings saw steady prices, with heavy bulls over 350kg making €1.82-2.03/kg. Lighter types made €2.18-2.43/kg.
Ballinakill Mart had small numbers and a slight dip in price, although forward heifers and dry cows were still a lively trade. Small plain bullocks and bulls proved difficult to sell. Heavy steers sold for €2.00-2.65/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.90-2.50/kg and lighter stores sold for €1.80-2.75/kg. Fleshed heifers made €1.65-2.55/kg. Stores sold for €1.50-2.10/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.70-2.55/kg and heifers sold for €1.60-2.30/kg.