Prices for Friesian store cattle improve by €50/hd
Prices for Friesian store cattle have begun to make a tentative recovery as more buyers appear at the ringside for them.
Prices for heavier and more British-type stores have improved by €50/hd in recent weeks, although they remain at least €100/hd behind other breeds. Holstein-type stores are further behind, with some still struggling to break the €1/kg barrier.
Denis Kirby, mart manager at Kilmallock said the best British-type Friesian stores sold for €1.60-170/kg for those over 400kg. However, lighter stores under 350kg and those with more Holstein genetics struggled to get more than €1.20/kg.
"A few weeks ago those stores were just skin and bone but they've had a few weeks at grass now and the weights are higher and the cattle look better so there are more buyers," he remarked.
George Candler in Kilkenny Mart said cattle were thriving better in recent weeks and attracting more customers. He added that with silage and hay saved on many farms, buyers were more plentiful at the mart.
The best price for a Friesian store last week was €900 for a 440kg bullock, equating to €2.05/kg.
"That was a British type but a few weeks ago it would only have made €720-750," he maintained.
Best prices for dairy-bred stores were paid for those over 430kg in weight.