Numbers down but trade stays strong due to Northern interest
Finished heifers and steers range from Â¤1.90-2.20/kg
Numbers of cattle on offer in the southeast were well down due to the Ploughing Championships, but the overall trade remained very strong, especially for the better quality types, with keen demand from Northern Ireland buyers, farmers and feedlots.
Continental store bullocks made €2-2.35/kg. Finished steers and heifers generally ranged from €1.90-2.20/kg. The tops of the weanlings sold for €250-3/kg, with the good farmer-type continental bulls making €2-2.30/kg. Heifers sold for €1.80-2.20/kg.
On Saturday, Balla Mart had 1,222 cattle on offer. Prices were strong and up at an average of €228/hd when compared to the corresponding sale last year.
Heavy bullocks sold for €2-2.25/kg or €540-940 over the weight. Forward stores made upwards of €2.20/kg, as top lots sold up to €3.06/kg.
Quality heifers were up by €20/hd and made €2.08-2.79/kg. In-calf sucklers and cows with a calf at foot ranged from €1,100-1,590.
Well-fleshed culls made up to €705 over the €1/kg. Bull weanlings sold for €515-850 over, while the heifers made €425-615 over.
A special sale of U and R-grade weanlings is being held next Tuesday.
Dowra Mart had 680 cattle on offer with a big entry of heavy bullocks, which made €500-950 over the weight. Lighter store sold for €400-700 over.