Ringside shows that the weanling heifers, the light store and beef heifers and the heavier weanling bulls enjoyed positive price movement during the past week.
This was counteracted by a drop in price to the steers, the light bulls and the forward store heifers, but the tops of the beef heifers were up by 6c/kg. Steers were back by 1-3c/kg.
Lighter lots generally sold for 205-260c/kg. The 400-600kg types made from 185-235c/kg while heavier steers ranged from 185-215c/kg. Plainer lots moved at 150-165c/kg. The light heifers were up by as much as 6c/kg and making from 205-240c/kg.
A range from 200-235c/kg bought most of the heifers over 400kg. The lesser quality lots made from 170-185c/kg. Light bulls were back by between 8-12c/kg at 220-295c/kg with the heavier types over 400kg up 3-5c/kg and selling for 215-260c/kg. Poorer quality bulls were selling for 150-200c/kg.
Prices were improved by 2-7c/kg for the weanling heifers. Lots under 300kg moved at 245-295c/kg. Heifers between 300-400kg sold for 225-270c/kg. Lots over 400kg made from 215-265c/kg with the top heifers improved by a significant 28c/kg. Plain heifers sold for 185-210c/kg.
Bullocks under 400kg were making from €300-400 over the weight at Ballymote mart. Lots between 400-500kg made from €380-625 over. The 500-600kg steers sold for €450-670 with their weight while heavier lots peaked at €870 with the €/kg.
Light heifers under 400kg ranged from €330-545 with their weight. The 400-500kg types sold for €400-755 over the €/kg. Heifers over 500kg made up to €870 over. Store cows made from €120-300 with the weight while heavy types made from €400-830 over. A special reduction sale of suckler cows varied from €1,200-2,500/unit. Weanling bulls under 300kg were selling for €320-540 with their weight. Lots between 300-400kg made from €380-700 over. Heavier lots were making up to €650 over. Weanling heifers under 300kg made from €300-545 over the weight. Heifers over 300kg made up to €700 with their weight.
Dowra had 760 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was steady with heifer weanlings under 300 kg making from €2.00-3.40/kg. Lots between 300-400 kg made from €1.80-2.90/kg. Lots weighing from 400-550 kg sold for €1.80-2.60/kg while lots over 550 kg made from €1.90-2.75/kg. Bull weanlings under 300 kg were selling for €2.00-3.50/kg. The 300-400 kg lots made from €1.75-2.85/kg. Store bullocks from 400-500kg ranged from €1.80-2.60/kg. Lots over 500 kg were making from €1.60-2.40/kg. The best of the cull cows made from €1.50-1.85/kg while feeders made from €1.10-1.50/kg.
Balla mart had 400 bullocks on offer. Heavy cattle met with their best trade so far this year and made up to €2.49/kg. Store bullocks under 400kg were making from €1.28-2.77/kg. Heifers up to 400kg sold for €1.59-2.91/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.58-2.89/kg. A three-year-old Lim cow due to calve next month topped the sucklers at €1,860. The best cull cow, a 14-year-old Charolais peaked at €1,820. They had 600 weanlings offered for sale. Light bulls up to 400kg were making from €1.41-3.56/kg while heavier lots were making from €1.39-2.67/kg.
In the heifer section the light weanlings made from €2.32-3.42/kg. Heavier lots made from €1.95-3.37/kg.
Top class bulls over 600 kg in Raphoe sold for €620-820 over the weight. Beef bullocks moved at €545-785 with their weight. Stores sold for €400-770 with the €/kg. Beef heifers were making from €500-925 over the weight. Stores ranged from €350-830 over. Cull cow prices ran from €700-1,250 each.
Lighter bulls were a very strong trade at Ennis mart with farmer's actively buying stock. Heavier bulls were harder sold. Bulls over 400kg made from €1.85-2.42/kg, 300-400kg from €1.62-2.98/kg with lighter bulls under 300kg making from €1.96-3.42/kg. Heifers were again a strong trade with heifers over 400kg making from €1.80-2.39/kg, 300- 400kg from €1.82-2.80/kg and lighter heifers under 300kg from €1.78-3.20/kg. Suckler cow numbers were back but they were an excellent trade. Cows with a calf at foot made up to €1,830. In-calf cows sold to €1,610. Calf numbers were steady. Continental calves made up to €405. Runner heifers sold up to €720 with runner bulls selling to €900.
A small turnout of weanlings in Kilkenny saw the heavy bulls sell for €2.15-2.35/kg or €480-650 with the weight. Bulls under 400kg generally made from €2.20-2.70/kg. A range from €2.05-2.50/kg bought the majority of the weanling heifers but a few top quality lots sold up to a tops of €3.05/kg.
At their cattle sale, the heavy beef cattle were up €10/hd. Heavy steers made from €1.77-2.36/kg. Stores from 450-600kg made from €1.77-2.64/kg with lighter stores under 450kg making from €1.80- 2.72/kg. The heifers were again a very strong trade and also up €10/hd. Beef heifers sold for €1.80-2.54/kg and stores form €1.82-2.88/kg. There was a big sale of cull cows with more dairy cow on offers. Continental cows sold from €1.59-2.16/kg.