Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Marts feel the pressure for first time as the wet weather dampens trading

Joe Healy

Quality lot trading receives boost while plain plummets

The trade at the marts over the past week was under pressure for the first time this year, with plainer types certainly more difficult to sell. A cursory glance down through the Ringside proves the point.

The wet weather is having an impact on the trade, with farmers moving stock off wet land in some parts of the country.

However, the trade for better quality lots remains firm, with plenty of buyers and strong prices for exceptional stock.

Heavy steers sold from €2.20-2.80 generally, with stores making from €2.00-3.00. Good cull cows made up to and in excess of €2/kg.

Suckler cows with a calf at foot generally sold for €1,400-2,000. The trade for suck calves remains strong, with continental bulls and heifers making €300-500 freely. A pedigree sale saw a top price of €4,200 paid for an in-calf Simmental heifer.

Kilkenny Mart had 830 head of stock for sale. Trade was steady for the quality animals but plainer types were back by up to €10/hd. Cull cows were also back with prices down by €20/hd. Heavy steers made €2.00-2.47/kg.

The best of the Friesians made up to €2.27/kg. Continental bullocks weighing 400-500kg sold from €2.30 to €2.75/kg. Lighter steers were selling for €2.20-2.80/kg.

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Beef heifer prices ranged from €2.30-2.80/kg, with the butcher types selling for €2.00-2.55/kg. Stores made from €2.05 to €3.05/kg.

Continental cull cows sold for €1.75-2.48/kg, while the Friesian culls moved at €1.15-1.90/kg.

A pedigree Simmental in-calf heifer sale met with great interest and saw prices vary from €2,000 to €4,200/hd.

The pedigree maiden heifers sold for €1,400-3,000. Commercial suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,400-1,750/unit.

The best of the heavy bulls over 600kg were making from €620 to €1,335 with their weight up in Raphoe Mart, with the beef steers selling for €655-915 over.

Stores made €635-700 with the €1/kg. Beef heifers sold for €605-970 with the weight, while the stores traded at €395-885 over. Prices for cull cows ranged from €595 to €1,450/hd.

Ballinakill had similar numbers to last week with a much livelier trade especially for the forward bullocks. Many of these made over €1,000 with their weight.

The strong forward heifers were €20-30 dearer than the previous week. Heavy steers sold for €2.10-2.76/kg. Stores moved at €2.00-3.10/kg.


Well-fleshed heifers were making from €2.20 to €2.45/kg, with the stores selling for €2.10-2.55. Weanling bulls sold for €2.20-2.55/kg, while the heifers made from €1.95 to €2.50/kg. Cull cows ranged from €1.65 to €2.05/kg.

Dowra Mart had 240 cattle on offer on Saturday last, with the strong forward cattle enjoying the best of a strong trade.

Bullocks and bull weanlings over 500kg made from €2.30 to €2.80/kg, while the lighter bullocks and weanlings sold from €2.40 to €3.30/kg.

Heifers over 550kg made €2.20-2.90/kg. Stores moved for €2.30-3.20/kg. Light weanling heifers were making from €2.50 to €3.55/kg. The best of the young fit cull cows made from €1.90 to €2.40/kg, while the older lighter feeding cows made €1.30-1.80/kg. Good suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,600-2,200. Older cows with a calf made from €1,300 to €1,600/unit.

At Enniscorthy Mart, a very strong trade resulted in the prices for store cattle being up by €50/hd, with the bullocks selling for €300-1,050 over the weight and the store heifers making €360-1,000 over the €1/kg.

Beef steers made from €800 to €1,130 with their weight. Heifers fit for slaughter made from €775 to €1,085 over the weight. Heavy well fleshed cull cows made up to €1,050 over the €1/kg. Plainer lighter lots sold back to €200 with their weight.

In the weanling section, the light bulls made from €700 to €900 over, while heavier types made from €900 to €1,050 over.

Trade for the 160 calves on offer was up by €20-50/hd. Continental bull calves made from €375 to €550, with the heifers making from €300 to €515. Friesian bulls sold for €160-435.

Hereford and Angus bull calves made from €270 to €465, while the heifers sold for €215-440 each.

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