Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Numbers down but trade is strong

Joe Healy

Numbers remained relatively small but thankfully despite all the recent happenings, trade showed no negative reaction. Prices remain at least as strong as last week, with some reported improvements in places.

Fleshed stock continued to be in very good demand with factory agents extremely keen for those types at ringside. The best of the continental prime cattle were, making from €2.20-2.50/kg, with heavy cows making €1.90-2.20/kg.

Store bullocks made €2.00-2.50/kg in general. Plainer types proved a tad tougher in spots and moved at prices of €1.60-1.80/kg. Quality continental weanling bulls and light store steers sold from €2.40-3.00/kg and in excess of the €3/kg at times.

Friesian bull calves continue to range from €100 to €300/hd depending on age, quality and strength.

Continental bull calves made €300-500, with the heifers generally making €220-420. Suckler cows and heifers traded for €1,000-1,800. Freshly calved dairy cows sold for €1,100-1,350, while calved heifers sold for €1.200-1,500.

Kilkenny had a smaller sale of 620 stock. Heifers enjoyed the best of the trade but plain bullocks were sluggish. Despite a large number of cull cows on offer the quality was limited. Steers over 400kg sold for €1.80-2.45/kg, with nice Friesians making €2.00-2.19/kg.


Steers below 400kg sold from a low of €1.60/kg for poorer dairy bred lots up to a high of €3.08/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €2.00-2.55/kg, with the butcher types moving for €1.85-2.30/kg. Stores sold for €1.80-2.50/kg. Prices for continental cull cows ran from €1.40 to €2.15/kg. Friesian culls made €1.05-1.80/kg.

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Trade at Enniscorthy Mart continued strongly for the 410 cattle on offer. Beef bullocks and heifers were making €600-1,000 with their weight.

Store bullocks sold from €410 to €850 over the €1/kg, while the heifers made from €375 to €600 over. Heavy bull weanlings ranged from €700 to €1,000 with the weight. Heifer weanlings traded for €450 to €700 over. The price range for cull cows ran from €500 to €1,580, with the higher price equating to €800 over the weight.

Trade for the 175 suck calves was brisk. A mixture of Friesian bull calves varied from €130-310. Hereford and Angus heifers and bulls sold for €200-450. Continental bulls made €390-500, while the heifer calves ranged from €250 to €450.

There were 300 cattle on offer at Ballinakill with quality bullocks and heifers dearer by €10-20/hd. Heavy steers were selling for €1.85-2.40/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.80-2.60/kg, while lighter lots moved at €1.70-2.70/kg. Beef heifers were making €2.00-2.40/kg. Stores sold for €1.90-2.50/kg. Weanling bulls made €2.25-3.00/kg. Weanling heifers ranged from €1.70 to €2.50/kg. Prices for the cull cows varied from €1.40-2.00/kg.


Dowra Mart had 510 cattle last Saturday last. Trade was steady and in cases slightly improved from the previous week. Bullocks over 550kg made from €2.00-2.35/kg with the lighter stores making from €2.00-2.80/kg. Weanling bulls under 400kg sold for €2.00-2.80/kg with a few of the fancy lots making from €2.80/kg right up to €3.40/kg.

Bulls over 400 kg made from €2.00-2.90/kg. Store heifers were selling from €2.10 to €2.80/kg, with the weanling heifers making €2.00-2.90/kg. Again, a few of the fancy lots hit a high of €3.50/kg.

The best of the cull cows made €1.70-2.20/kg, while the older thinner cows sold for €1.00-1.60/kg. Quality in-calf suckler heifers and young cows ranged from €1,400 to €1,800. Plainer lots were making from €1,000 to €1,350 each.

At Carnew mart, a good entry of 600 cattle met with good demand. Finished heifers ranged from €520 to €1,010 over their weight. Stores were selling for €350-775 with the weight. Beef and forward store bullocks were making between €750 and €1,040 over the €1/kg. Lighter stores sold for €350-810 over.

Solid interest saw the weanling bulls move for €450-930 with their weight. The best of the cull cows made up to €800 over the weight, while feeders sold back to €100 over.

Forward store bullocks were selling for €2.20-2.63/kg at Mayo/Sligo mart. Plainer and lighter store bullocks sold for €1.85-2.17/ kg. The forward store heifers were selling for €2.18-2.48/kg. Light heifers ranged from €2.09 to €2.96/kg. Fat cull cows topped out at €2.19/kg. Good quality feeding cows were making between €1.40 and €1.85/kg. Suckler springers sold up to €1400.

Top-class bulls over 600 kgs up in Raphoe sold for €500-1,120 over the weight.

Beef bullocks were making €830-995 over the €1/kg. Stores made €320-865 over. Well fleshed heifers traded for €400-950 with their weight. Store heifers sold for €300 to €590 over. Heavy cull cows made up to €1,810, while cows for further feeding sold back to €600.

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