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Sunday 22 April 2018

Heavy weanling heifers enjoy a good week at the marts as females surge

Joe Healy

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.

Lively

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.

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Continental cull cows sold for €1.55-2.20/kg, with Friesian cull cows making €0.95-1.65/kg. Cull bulls made up to €1,430 or €2.03/kg.

Weanling bulls over 400kgs were improved by €10-20/hd and selling for €1.85-2.85/kg. The 300-400kgs moved at €1.45-3.17/kg, while lighter bulls of around 300kgs made €1.96-3.02/kg. Heifer weanlings were also a strong trade. Lots over 400kgs ranged from €1.80-2.75/kg. Heifers 300-400kgs sold for €1.82-2.95/kg.

Lighter heifers made €1.78-3.10/kg. A big sale of suckler cows enjoyed a strong trade. Cows with a calf at foot made up to €1,870. Dairy cow numbers were back, but met with a 100pc clearance, making up to €1,260.

Peaked

Calf numbers were similar to the previous week, with quality calves a very strong trade. Friesian bull calves made up to €150. Hereford calves sold to €355, while Belgium Blues peaked at €395 and the Continentals at €460.

Kilkenny had 920hd for sale. Heifers met with good demand, but store bullocks were a bit slower. Steers over 600kg were selling for €1.50-2.30/kg or €600-800 with the weight.

Bullocks of 400-600kg sold for €1.55-2.70/kg, with lighter lots varying from €1.50/kg to €3.15/kg. Fleshy heifers were making €2.00-2.65/kg. Stores sold for €1.80-2.75/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot ranged from €900 to €1,400. Cull continental cows made €1.30-2.05/kg, while the Friesian culls made for €0.90-1.85/kg.

Prices were a tad easier in Maam Cross. Bullocks ranged from €1.95/kg to €2.95/kg, while the heifers made €1.60-2.99/kg. Weanlings varied from €1.60/kg to €3.20/kg. Cull cows topped out at €1,650.

Balla Mart had 900 lots on offer. Store bullocks around the 400kg and lighter made from €1.68/kg to €3.07/kg. Heavier steers were making €500-865 or €1.65-2.91/kg. In the heifer section, the lighter lots under 400kg were selling for €1.76-3.37/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.81/kg to €2.99/kg.

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