Heavy weanling heifers enjoy a good week at the marts as females surge
The females enjoyed a much better week than the males at the marts during the past seven days.
The heavy weanling heifers were, by far, the pick of the bunch with prices for the continental types up by 20-28c/kg at 250-295c/kg. Weanling heifers less than 400kg ranged from 240-295c/kg. Lesser types made from 200-215c/kg.
The bull trade was mixed, with the 300-400kg lots improved by 2-4c/kg at 210-270c/kg. Lighter lots were back by 4-11c/kg at 215-285c/kg, while the heavier bulls sold for 205-255c/kg.
Plain bulls made from 135-175c/kg, which, in some cases, was a drop of up to 22c/kg.
Steers, in the main, were easier by 2-7c/kg for the continental types, while the light plainer lots were down by 10-13c/kg at an average of 138c/kg, but the plainer steers over 400kg were up by 1-4c/kg at 145-165c/kg. The continentals up to 400kg were making from 200-265c/kg. Steers of 400-600kg sold for 195-250c/kg. Heavier types made 190-225c/kg. Coloured heifers generally sold for 210-250c/kg, with lighter lots ranging from 220c/kg to 260c/kg. The plain heifers varied from 180c/kg to 195c/kg.
Numbers were back at Ennis Mart, but trade was strong all round. Overall, the bullocks were steady, with quality stores from 370-500kgs a lively trade and selling for €1.80-2.06/kg.
Heavy steers made €1.76-2.52/kg. Stores from 450-600kgs made €1.80-2.86/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.05-2.65/kg, with stores making €1.80-2.90/kg.