Farm Ireland

Monday 20 November 2017

Marts the best place to sell stock as throughput in line to increase

Signs point to good trade staying strong for a while

Joe Healy

IFA livestock chairman Michael Doran has advised farmers this week that if they want to ensure security of payment and the most competitive prices, they should sell livestock through their local mart.

The IFA livestock chairman said 1.68m cattle were sold through the marts last year, including 1.44m beef animals and 240,000 dairy animals. In addition, he said there was major potential for marts to increase throughput, with the Department's AIMS data showing 945,000 animals moving from farm to farm.

With the extremely strong trade showing no sign of easing up, farmers are happy to show their cattle in the sale yards, with quite a few choosing the marts over the factories to sell their beef animals such is the demand at the moment. Weanling prices remain above €2/kg, with the heifers running within 5-10c/kg of the bulls.

The good R/U-grade weanling bulls of 350-400kg were making up to €2.40/kg, with some of the top Belgian Blues making €2.50-3/kg. Continental beef bullocks made €2-2.20/kg and heifers sold for €1.80-2.15. Good quality forward stores made €2.10-2.40, with plainer lots making €1.80-2.10/kg.

Kilkenny Mart had a big sale of bullocks, with lively farmer buying resulting in an excellent trade. The heavy continental steers over 600kg made €1.90-2.05/kg. Friesians sold to €1.68/kg. Forward stores sold from €2-2.37/kg.

Continental stores less than 500kg sold for €2.10-2.40/kg and three fancy Charolais bullocks weighing 348kgs made €930 (€2.67/kg).

A flying trade, especially for the quality bullocks and heifers, was reported at Ballinakill. Friesian bullocks made up to €450 with their weight. Heavy steers sold for €1.90-2.25/kg. Forward stores made €1.80-2.20/kg and lighter stores sold for €1.90-2.35/kg. Beef heifers made €1.80-2.15/kg.

Heavy weanling bulls over 400kg sold for €2-2.20 at Ennis Mart and the 350-400kg bulls made €2.10-2.40/kg. Lighter weanlings made €2.20-2.50/kg. Heifer weanlings were about 5c/kg back from the bull prices.

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Balla Mart had its end of month continental sale with 1,172hd. There was a big supply of quality forward bullocks on offer. The tops made up to €3.10/kg. The average price of cattle was €24/hd up on this time last year.

A smaller sale of 650 cattle met a very strong trade at Carnew. Beef and forward stores made €520-830 with their weight. Lighter stores sold for €350-710 over. Heavy heifers moved at €440-800 with the weight with the stores selling for €350-530 over the €/kg.

Dowra Mart had another strong cattle trade last Saturday, with the best of the heavy bullocks and heifers over 600kg making from €600-850 over the weight. Lighter stores made from €500-750 over with plainer lots making from €300-500 over.

Active buyers from the midlands and Northern Ireland ensured that the recent strong trade was maintained at Ballymote Mart. Steers over 500kg made €400-660 with the weight. Under 500kg bullocks sold for €300-600 over the €/kg.

The top class bulls over 600kg in Raphoe made €400-1,090 over. Beef bullocks sold for €450-805 over. Stores made €300-700 with the €/kg.

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