Steer and bull weanling trade holds up but heifers have week from hell
As the Ringside table shows, steers and bull weanlings had a reasonable week at the marts but heifers had the week from hell. Prices for all bar the top quality light store heifers fell by 2-17c/kg.
Prices for heavy bull weanlings over 400kg fell back too, but bulls under 400kg held firm and lighter bulls under 300kg all improved. Steers over 600kg had a mixed week but store prices generally improved on the previous week with average prices of €1.92-2.05/kg. The best of the bulls on offer made €2.50-3.00/kg while the majority sold for €2.00-2.40/kg. Nice heifer weanlings sold for €2.20-2.30/kg and plainer types sold for €1.90-2.10/kg. A lot of older heifers made €2.00-2.20/kg.
The first standalone weanling sale of the season in Kilkenny Mart had 120 calves on offer. The heaviest of the bulls moved at €2.20-2.60/kg or €400-660 with their weight while bulls of 300-400kg sold for €2.10-2.70/kg. Lighter types made €1.50-2.60/kg or €130-420 over the €/kg. Heifers over 400kg sold for €2.10-2.45/kg and 300-400kg heifers made €2.05-2.30/kg or €320-420 over the weight. Heifers under 300kg made €1.70-2.40/kg or €140-350 over.
Dowra Mart had 470 cattle on offer on Saturday with a steady trade for most lots although some of the plainer cattle proved a tough sell. Bullocks over 600kg made €1.90-2.30/kg with the lighter types making €1.80-2.60/kg. Weanling bulls over 450kg sold for €1.80-2.40/kg. Lighter bulls made €2.00-2.70/kg. The top lots made €2.80-3.30/kg. Forward store heifers sold for €2.00-2.30/kg. The lighter stores made €1.80-2.50/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €1.80-2.70/kg. Again, the top lots sold for €2.80-3.25/kg. Cull cows were quieter with the better lots making €1.60-1.90/kg. Feeders made €1.00-1.55/kg.
Carnew Mart recorded an excellent trade for its show and sale of Belgian Blue weanlings. Quality lots suitable for export sold for €3-3.52/kg while R-grade weanlings sold for €2.20-2.40/kg.
In the main cattle sale of 750 animals, beef and forward steers sold for €650-1,010 over the weight. Continental stores made €440-880 over the €/kg and plainer lighter stores made €180-450 over. Beef heifers sold for €550-930 with the weight while stores made €250-770 over. Cull cows sold for €120-850 with their weight.
In the suck calf ring, Friesian bulls made €80-155. Continental bulls sold for €180-430 with the heifer calves selling for €140-380.
Prices for bullocks were steady in Balla for the 400hd offered for sale. Heavy bullocks made €1.31-2.76/kg while lighter types made €1.30-2.78/kg. Light heifers under 400kg made €2.00-3.07/kg. Heavy heifers made €1.53-3.35/kg. A two-year-old first calver Charolais made €1,660 while the best cull cow, a three-year-old 850kg Charolais, made €1,905 or €2.24/kg.