Ploughing reduces numbers but a good week for weanlings and heifers
Ringside shows a good week at the marts for the weanlings and the heifers. The steer trade was a tad easier than the previous week with the 400-600kg lots back by up to 11c/kg and selling for 185-240c/kg.
Lighter lots sold for 205-265c/kg, while heavier types made from 185-215c/kg. Lesser quality lots were making from 140-165c/kg.
The heifer trade was up by 3-22c/kg. Heavy heifers over 600kg made from 200-230c/kg while lighter lots moved at 205-255c/kg. Plain heifers sold for 175-185c/kg.
In the weanling sections, the bulls generally were improved. Lots under 300kg were making from 245-320c/kg. Heavier types ranged from 215-270c/kg. Poorer bulls sold for 160-200c/kg. The heifer weanlings varied from 230-305c/kg in a very lively trade. Plainer lots were selling for 200-220c/kg
In Ballymote, the Belgian Blue weanling sale brought in quality stock with strong prices due to strong exporter interest. Bulls under 300kg were making from €300-645 over the €/kg or up to €3.46/kg tops. Lots between 300-400kg made from €420-735 over the weight. Heavier bulls were selling up to €1,015 over.
Weanling heifers under 300kg made from €280-865 with their weight. The 300-400kg types were making from €325-750 over.
Heavy steers in Ennis made from €1.76-2.32/kg, while stores sold from €1.80-2.62/kg. Lighter beef heifers sold for €2.05-2.42/kg and stores for €1.80-2.65/kg. Continental cows sold from €1.42-2.19/kg with Friesian cull cows selling from €0.95-1.55/kg. Cull bulls sold for €1,740 or €1.65kg. Overall, the bull weanling trade was steady while the heifer trade was improved by €10/hd. Heavy bulls made from €1.85-2.50/kg, while 300-400kg animals were at €1.45-3.01/kg.
Lighter bulls under 300kg made from €1.96-3.52/kg. Heifers over 400kg were making from €1.80-2.48/kg, 300-400kg lots from €1.82-2.92kg, while lighter heifers under 300kg sold from €1.78-3.00/kg.