Heavier lots bring in the high prices
A glance at Ringside will show that despite individual mart reports the reality was that the past week was not the most positive for the cattle trade. It was really only the light store bullocks, the top quality heavier lots and the good heavy weanling heifer that enjoyed some upward movement.
The light steer under 400kg sold for 210-275c/kg with the 400-500kg lots making from 200-255c/kg. Heavier lots made from 190-245c/kg. Plain steers ranged from 147-166c/kg. Heifers up to 500kg made from 210-260c/kg. Heifers over this weight sold for 200-240c/kg. Lesser quality types made from 180-185c/kg.
Weanling bulls were selling for a range from 200-300c/kg with the poorer types making from 154-174c/kg. Weanling heifers varied from 225-300c/kg while 200-210c/kg was buying the plainer lots.
Friesian calves continue to sell upwards of €40/hd with stronger lots making around the €150. Continental heifers and bull calves are generally selling between €250-400. Young quality suckler cows with a calf at foot are making from €1,350-1,700/unit with older types selling for €900-1,200.
Dowra Mart had a big sale of 920 cattle last Saturday. Trade was strong for the quality cattle while some of the plainer lots were a tad easier. Heifer weanlings under 300kg made from €1.80-2.80 with the top lots making up to €3.25/kg.
The 600 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart met with a lively trade especially for the lighter store bullocks and heifers and also the quality forward stores which were up by €30-50/hd and selling for €1.75-2.40/kg. Heavier steers were making from €1.70-2.25/kg. The light stores sold for €1.80-2.65/kg.
Balla Mart had their end of month continental sale with over 1,200 lots on offer. Store bullocks were up €20-40/hd on the previous week while heifers were up €20/hd.
Light heifers under 400kg were a fine trade and selling for 1.78-3.15/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.40-2.96/kg. A five-year-old third calf with AA due soon topped the sucklers at €1,860.