Heavy weanling bulls and heifers get best of trade as prices rise by 19c/kg
Heavy weanling bulls, heifers and heavy steers enjoyed the best trade at cattle marts during the past week. Light store heifers were sluggish, with prices down an average of 4c/kg. In contrast, prices for heavy weanling heifers over 400kg rose by 19c/kg on average.
Heavy steers over 600kg sold for €2.10-2.60/kg in the main. A dairy clearance sale in Athenry last Thursday saw quality, age and price vary a bit, with prices paid of €700-1,330/hd. Continental suck calves continued to make up to €400/hd. The majority sucklers with calves at foot sold for €1,000-1,500 per unit.
Light Friesians and bulls were the poorest sellers in an otherwise lively sale at Kilkenny Mart where 700hd were put through the ring. Light continental stores reaped the benefit of strong grass growth with keener farmer demand.
Heavy steers sold for €2.03-2.46/kg. Good quality Friesians made up to €2.28/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.10-2.50/kg and lighter types sold for €1.80-2.95/kg or €250-735 with the weight.
In the heifer section, heavy factory lots made €2.40-2.90/kg while butcher types sold for €2.10-2.45/kg. Stores moved at €2.00-2.69/kg. Suckler cows sold for €980-1,710. Continental cull cows made €1.40-2.37/kg. Friesian culls sold for €1.20-2.32/kg.
Ballinakill had a smaller sale of 350 cattle but an improved trade for lighter stores saw prices increase by €10-20/hd. Heavy bullocks made €2.25-2.80/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.10-2.84/kg. Lighter lots sold for €1.90-3.00/kg.
Beef heifers sold for €1.90-2.60/kg and stores made €1.70-2.30/kg. In the weanling ring, bulls ranged from €1.80-2.60/kg and heifers sold for €1.60-2.30/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.30-2.00/kg.
Forward store bullocks and heifers and heavy cull cows were the best sellers at Ballymote Mart. Lots between 400-500kg made from €350-700 over. Heavier types sold for up to €960 over the €/kg. Heifers up to 400kg made €200-480 over their weight. Suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €850-1,450/unit.