Farm Ireland

Saturday 21 April 2018

Heavier lots bring in the high prices

Cattle marts

Joe Healy

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.

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Friesian bull calves were up €20/hd and making from €85-240 in Enniscorthy. Continental bull calves ranged from €350-530 while the heifers made from €230-450. Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €200-380. On the cattle side, the heavy steers were making from €730-1,050 with the weight.

Kilkenny reported a big sale of 1,320hd with the quality light steer being the best seller and peaking at €3/kg. Heavy steers over 600kg were making from €1.60-2.42/kg. Steers of 500-600kg sold for €1.70-2.50/kg. The bullock between 400-500kg sold from €1.50-2.40/kg. Lighter lots in the main moved at €1.75-2.90/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €2.15-2.40/kg.

Carnew reported another very large entry with 1,050 cattle and 150 calves. Trade was similar to the previous week with some improvement for heavy beef cattle and strong demand for bulls for export which made up to €800 with the weight.

The heaviest of the bulls in Tuam were making from €1.94-2.28/kg. Bulls between 300-400kg made from €2.33-2.68/kg.

A lot of the quality Charolais steers over 500kg were making from €2.20-2.65/kg at Mayo/Sligo Mart. Nice heifers over 400kg were moving for prices of €2.30-2.60/kg. Cull cows peaked at €1,300.

Top class bulls over 600 kgs up in Raphoe €555 to €810 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €305-775 over.

Bullocks at Maam Cross Mart were selling for €1.95-2.65/kg while the heifers moved at prices ranging from €1.60-2.89/kg.

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