Mixed trade reported but prices up by €10-40/hd for quality stores
A number of marts reported prices to be up by anything from €10-40/hd over the past week, especially for the quality store cattle. Good quality stores were selling for €2.20-2.80/kg with more paid for top lots. Prices overall were averaging out close to €2/kg. Heavy steers were back a little with prices generally running from €1.75-2.25/kg.
The weanling bulls suitable for export were making between €2.70-3.30/kg with farmers freely paying from €2.20-2.70/kg for the next grade of calf. Reports would suggest that the weanling heifer was a tad back on the previous week. Fleshed heifers made from €2-2.50/kg. Suckler cows are generally making between €1,100-1,500 with top quality younger types hitting up to €2,000. The best of the cull cows made up to €2/kg but in general the run of prices ranged from €1.50-1.90/kg.
Dowra Mart had 760 cattle on offer last Saturday with a continuing strong trade for all classes. Heifers over 550kg made from €2-2.40/kg with a few lots for breeding making up to €2.70/kg. The lighter heifers made from €2-2.50/kg.
Weanling heifers under 300kg sold from €2.20-2.80/kg. Lighter and fancy weanlings under 300kg were making up to €3.20/kg.
Bullocks over 600kg made from €1.90-2.40/kg. Lighter types were making from €2.20-2.65/kg. Weanling bulls over 500kg ranged from €2-2.65 with the lighter weanlings making from €2.20/kg all the way up to €3.30/kg for export lots. Some of the very fancy light calves made up to €3.70/kg.
Balla Mart had over 1,400 cattle on offer and 1,000 weanlings. Prices were very good for the heavy store bullocks which were up €20/hd, while the lighter store was up by between €20-40. The good stores made from €2.20-2.85/kg. Plain types sold back to as low as €1.27/kg. Similarly, the poorer heavy lots moved from €1.27/kg upwards with the top quality lots making as high as €2.75/kg.
Heifers ranged in price from €1.68-2.64/kg. The best of the cull cows hit a high of €1,745 while a three-year-old Limousin suckler due to calf later this month topped out at €1,490.
Carnew had a big entry of 1,050 cattle at their sale last Saturday. Beef and forward store steers were selling for €580-1,020 with their weight. Lighter stores made from €250-840 over the €/kg. Fleshy heifers sold for €520-910 over. Stores made from €320-750 with the weight. The top cull cows were making up to €800 over the €/kg while feeders sold back to €200 over. Bull weanlings traded at €380-900 with their weight. The heifers sold from €280-620 over.