Northern buys ignite trade as prices increase

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

There was strong Northern buying reported in the marts this week, which has put a good deal of life in the trade.

There was a brisk trade for most categories of stock at Carnew Mart on Saturday. In all there were 900hd on offer. Demand for continental stock was particularly strong and this was reflected in the prices.

Beef and forward store bullocks sold for €280-510 along with their weight, while store bullocks made €210-465 over.

In the heifer rings, stores made €140-410 over, while beef heifers sold for €215-460 over.

Weanling bulls made from €220-600 along with the €1/kg, while in-calf sucklers made from €620-1150 over.

There were 60 calves on offer at the Co Wicklow Mart and these met with a good selling trade. Continental bulls made from €170-320/hd, continental heifers made from €145-250/hd, and Friesian bulls made from €80-165/hd.

At Ennis Mart there was a strong trade for bullocks, with prices up €20/hd. Continental stores sold from €300-400 along with their weight, while Herefords made €280-320 over. R-grade beef heifers sold around €250 along with their weight, while Continentals made up to €300 over.

At Maam Cross Mart bullocks averaged €168 per 100kg, up to a maximum of €188 per 100kg. Heifers averaged €182 per 100kg and sold up to maximum of €225 per 100kg. Bull weanlings averaged €192 per 100kg and made up to €218 per 100kg. Cows made an average of €650/hd and sold to a top of €1,150/hd.

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