Marts report steady trade but figures tell a different story, especially bulls
Marts reported that trade was relatively steady over the past week but the figures show that apart from the store bullocks and the well fleshed cull cows most of the other categories were down on the previous week.
Prices across the breeds in the heavy steer section averaged between 200-205c/kg, with the better quality lots averaging €2.25-2.30/kg.
The good stores were making a bit either side of €240/kg, with an average overall of €2/kg. Store heifers ranged from €2-2.40/kg, while the good heavy heifers made from €2.30-2.40/kg in the main.
The top quarter of the bull weanlings sold for an average price of €2.50-2.62/kg. Within this a few of the real tops made up to and over €3/kg.
Quality weanling heifers were making €2.35-2.50/kg. The well fleshed heavy suckler cows made up to €2.10/kg. Continental bull calves hit a high of €500, with Friesian bull calves selling for €120-250/hd.
A special sale of more than 100 suckler cows at Kilkenny Mart hit a tops of €1,960 for a cow with a calf at foot, while in-calf lots peaked at €1,800. Adding to the total number of cows was the 130hd of cull cows which saw the continental lots sell from €1.40-2.10/kg and the Friesian cows move at €0.70-1.80/kg.
Heavy Angus and Hereford steers over 600kg made up to €2.17/kg and €2.33/kg respectively.
Friesians sold to €1.70/kg. Continental steers between 400kg and 600kg were making from €1.70/kg to €2.65/kg.