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.
Suckler cow number were back but trade was stronger. Cows with a calf at foot made up to €1,900/unit. In-calf cows sold to €1,280. Continental calves made up to €350. Runner heifers peaked at €760 with runner bulls selling to €830.
Top class bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe were selling for €400-835 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €530-725 over. Stores made from €350-795 with their weight. Beef heifers ranged from €370-815 with the €/kg. Stores were selling for €300-650 over. Cull cow prices ran from €700-1,450 each.
Numbers in Ballinakill were smaller due to the ploughing championships. Heavy steers moved at €1.85-2.30/kg. Forward stores were selling for €1.80-2.60/kg. Light coloured stores ranged from €1.60-2.65/kg. Fleshed heifers made from €1.85-2.33/kg, while the stores sold for €1.70-2.50/kg. The weanling bulls ranged from €1.90-2.30/kg. The heifer wenlings sold for €1.75-2.40/kg. Cull cows made form €1.20-1.90/kg.
The ploughing also affected the turnout in Kilkenny as only 190hd were offered for sale, Continental cull cows were making from €1.35-1.80/kg, while Friesians made from €1.10-1.60/kg.
Dowra mart had 640 cattle on offer last Saturday. Weanling bulls under 300kg made from €1.80-3.50/kg. Bulls from 300-400kg were making from €1.70-3.00/kg. Lots over 400kg made from €1.80-2.70/kg. Store bullocks under 500kg sold for €1.70-2.60/kg while a big entry of steers over 500kg made from €1.60-2.45/kg. Weanling heifers under 300kg were similar to the bulls and made from €1.80-3.00/kg. The fancy lots were making from €3.00-3.50/kg. Heifers from 300-400kg made from €1.70-3.00/kg.
A 10 year-old Limousin cow with a Limousin bull calf at foot topped out at €1,825 in Balla. The best cull cow was a four year-old 670kg Limousin and she sold for €1,550 or €2.31/kg. They had 640 weanlings on offer.
Light bulls under 400kg were making from €1.71-3.53/kg while heavier lots were making from €1.69-2.95/kg. In the heifer ring the light weanlings made from €1.86-3.40/kg. Heavier lots ranged from €1.79-2.83/kg.