Farm Ireland

Monday 22 January 2018

Horrible weather conditions drive plain cattle prices down €10-40/hd

Friesian and store prices fall by as much as €40/hd

Joe Healy

The country's atrocious weather conditions have begun to bite at the mart trade. Prices fell by €10-40/hd across the board this week, with plain animals suffering the biggest drops.

Well-fleshed steers generally sold for €2.00-2.50/kg, with plainer types selling from €1.79-2.00/kg. Good quality lighter weanlings made €2.50-3.00/kg, while heavier quality lots sold for €2.20-2.75/kg. Well-fleshed cull cows held firm, as did suckler cows with calves at foot.

Kilkenny Mart had 650 head of stock at its sale. Prices for beef cattle, plainer stores and Friesian bullocks were back by €10-15/hd, while store heifer prices fell by €10-20/hd.

Heavy continental steers sold for €2.08-2.50/kg and plainer lots sold for €1.95-2.10/kg. Stores under 500kg made €2.25-2.93/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.00-2.49/kg while butchers heifers moved at €1.95-2.39/kg. Stores made from €2.10-2.47/kg, with a top price of €3.15/kg paid for a 270kg Belgian Blue sold for €850. Prices for Continental cull cows ran from €1.80-2.32/kg. Friesian culls made from €1.30-1.90/kg. Sucklers sold for €1,000-1,700 each.

Ballinakill mart reported a quieter trade all round, with most of the cattle back by about €30-40/hd. However some good store bullocks still made up to €1,000 with their weight.

In general, heavy steers made €1.90-2.70/kg, forward stores made €2.10-3.00/kg and lighter lots sold for €1.95-3.10/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €2.15-2.85/kg, while heifers sold for €1.35-2.05/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.00-2.45/kg and stores made €1.80-2.25/kg.

Balla Mart had 756 cattle on offer, where quality stock met a steady trade but lighter plainer bullocks were slightly tougher to move. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.74-2.50/kg, while lighter types made from €1.47-2.90/kg. Some quality heavy heifers on offer made €1.67-2.89/kg. Forward store heifers made from €1.60-3.56/kg.


Also Read

Suckler cows were in strong demand and topped out at €1,820 for a three-year-old Simmental with a Simmental bull calf at foot, while cull cows hit a high of €1,780.

At the U and R grade weanling sale prices were up a little, with the majority of light bulls making €2.00-3.38/kg. Heavier bulls made €1.55-2.83/kg.

Up in Raphoe, the best heavy bulls over 600kg sold for €710-985 over the €/kg. Store bullocks sold for €440-850 over. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €500-1,110 with their weight. Stores made €300-755 over. Fat heavy cull cows made up to €2,060/hd. Plainer type cows sold from €600 over the weight and upwards.

Prices for the 650 cattle on offer at Carnew Mart were similar to the previous week. Beef and forward store bullocks made from €750-1,020 with their weight. Lighter stores made €450-860 over. The best of the weanlings made up to €1,050 with the weight, while the rest sold for €520 over the €/kg and upwards. Well-fleshed heifers sold for €520-850 with the weight, while stores made from €370-700 over. Prices for cull cows ranged from €280-850 over their weight.

Prices at Ballymote Mart also remained similar to recent weeks. Bullocks of 400-500kg sold for €510-745 over the weight. Lots over 500kg made €560-740 over the weight.

Lighter heifers under 400kg sold for €350-600 over the €/kg, while heavier lots made from €400-720 over. Suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €1,460-1,610/unit.

Indo Farming