Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

Positive week as demand for beef stock and forward stores holds firm

Joe Healy

Another lively and positive week at the cattle marts, with continued strong demand for all beef stock, forward stores and an improved trade in places for the better quality lighter types.

Prices of €2.00-2.50/kg are buying most of the heavy stock but some top quality lots are making up to €2.65-2.80/kg.

Heavy Continental cull cows made from €2.00- 2.22/kg with finished British Friesian cows making up to €2.00/kg. Some very high prices of between €1,600-2,000 were paid for young suckler cows with a calf at foot, but the general run sold for €1,100-1,500/unit. Continental suck calves generally ranged from €200-400.

Kilkenny Mart had a good trade for beef and forward store bullocks and heifers at their sale of over 500hd of stock. Cull cows were a tad more difficult to sell, especially plainer types and prices were down by €10-20/hd.

Heavy steers over 600kg were selling for €2.05-2.56/kg or €620-1,090 with their weight. Steers weighing between 400-600kg made from €1.80-2.74/kg while lighter types sold from €1.50-3.02/kg reflecting €240-760 over the weight. Stores moved at €1.70-2.64/kg.

A smaller sale of 400 cattle in Ballinakill saw good trade all round. The small light stores were well improved. Heavy bullocks were selling for €2.15-2.75/kg. Forward stores made €2.00-2.80/kg. Light stores moved at €1.95-2.85/kg. Beef heifers were making from €1.90-2.60/kg. Stores sold for €1.70-2.40/kg.

The cattle trade was steady last Saturday at Dowra Mart for the 340 cattle on offer with forward cattle very much in demand.

Heifers over 550kg made from €2.20-2.60/kg with the lighter stores making from €1.80-2.70/kg. Weanling heifers were selling from €1.70-2.80/kg.

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Suckler cows with a calf at foot sold for €1,120-1,880 at Maam Cross Mart while cull cows made from €888-1,600. Steer prices ranged from €1.80-2.73/kg. Heifers ranged from €2.25-3.51/kg. Weanling bulls made from €2.45-3.25/kg.

Bullocks under 400kg making from €320-500 over their weight at Ballymote Mart. Lots between 400-500kg were making from €500-640 over the €/kg with heavier types making up to €730 over. Light heifers under 400kg were making from €230-475 over the weight. The 400-500kg lots were selling for €310-575 with the €/kg.

A large entry 800 cattle and 60 suck calves at Carnew Mart met with keen demand with the quality lots improved yet again in price. Beef and forward store bullocks were making from €800-1,360 over their weight.

Stores between 500-600kg made from €500-980 over while lighter types sold for €220-650 with the €/kg. Weanling bulls moved at €440-1,000 with their weight.

Balla Mart had 769 cattle at their sale last Saturday. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.90-2.72/kg while lighter types made from €1.82-2.88/kg. Heavy weanling bulls over 350kg made from €1.62-2.64/kg. Lighter types were selling from €1.30-2.59/kg. Heavy heifer weanlings traded from €2.28-2.39/kg while the lighter types under 350kg made from €1.95-2.50/kg.

Top class bulls over 600kg made from €635-1,495 over the weight up in Raphoe. Beef bullocks were selling for €790-895 over the €/kg with stores making from €675-890 over the weight. Beef heifers made from €515-1,065 with their weight. Stores sold for €350-960 over. Cull cow prices ran from €750-1,750 each.

In Tuam, the Continental steers over 550kg were selling from €2.14-2.53/kg with the 400-550kg types making from €1.92-2.51/kg. Lighter lots made from €2.13-2.89/kg. Heifers over 500kg sold for €1.98-2.59/kg. The 400-500kg Continental heifers made from €2.31-2.75/kg while lighter heifers moved at €2.28-2.54/kg.

Pedigree Angus breeding bulls made up to €1,650 at Mayo/Sligo Mart. Cows with a calf at foot hit a tops of €1,610. The best of the cull cows sold for €1,470. Continental suck bull calves were making from €270-400 with the heifers moving at €230-270.

Irish Independent