Farm Ireland

Friday 20 April 2018

Marts report steady trade but figures tell a different story, especially bulls

Joe Healy

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.

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Lighter lots made €1.85-2.45/kg. The factory heifers moved at €2-2.22/kg. The butcher lots made from €1.75/kg to €2.45/kg. Stores traded for €1.80-2.50/kg.

The cattle trade was improved from the previous week at Dowra Mart. On Saturday last bullocks over 550kg made €2-2.30/kg.

Lighter bullocks sold for €1.80-2.50/kg. Heavy bull weanlings were making from €1.90/kg to €2.60/kg. The lighter lots made €2-3/kg. Heifers over 550kg moved at €1.85-2.35/kg, with the lighter stores making from €1.80-2.50/kg.


Weanling heifers made from €2-3/kg. A few fancy lots for breeding hit up to €3.20/kg. Good young cull cows made €1.70-2.20/kg. Oder thinner cows sold for €0.80-1.50/kg.

Carnew Mart had increased numbers with 850 cattle on offer and a very strong trade for all classes. Beef and forward store bullocks were selling for €670-1,040 over the weight.

Stores made from €450 to €880 over the €1/kg. Weanling bulls traded at €450-880 over. In the heifer section the butcher and factory types made from €550 to €1,025 over the weight. The stores sold for €340-750 over.

The finished cull cows were making up to €870 with their weight, while the cows for further feeding sold up to €340 over. Prices for the in-calf suckler cows ranged from €1,050 to €,580/hd.

Down in Enniscorthy, the suck calf sale met with strong demand. Continental bull calves were making from €310 to €500, while the heifers made between €220 and €405. Friesian bull calves sold for €120-255. Hereford and Angus bull calves traded at €240-410.

At the cattle sale, the finished steers were selling for €660-1,020 over the weight and in a price range of €1,300-1,810. Stores sold for prices of €620-1,250 or €100-900 over the weight. Bull weanlings made from €560 to €800 with the €1/kg. Beef and butcher heifers sold for €600-1,000 with their weight. Store prices ranged from €500 to €885 or €350-630 over. Well-fleshed cull cows were making from €900-1,300. Store cows moved at €500- €800.

Fat cull cows at Mayo/ Sligo Mart were in big demand, with a number of the 700-850kg lots selling for €1,500-2,140/hd. Quality lots between 570kg and 700kg made €630-875.

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