Prices up as trade buzzes
There is no let up to the buzzing trade at the cattle marts around the country.
Keen factory, exporter and farmer buying saw prices strengthen again over the past week. It really didn't seem to make a difference what type of animal was in the ring because there were customers aplenty for them all. Any animal with flesh on it was snapped up by factory buyers to boost the scarce supplies of finished stock.
Heavy continental cattle made €2-2.47/kg, while forward stores sold up to a high of €2.52/kg (€660 over) and fat cull cows €1.90/kg (€670 over).
Suckler cows with calves at foot generally sold for €1,000-1,500/hd. Weanling bulls made €1.90-2.50/kg, with some choice lots of bulls making up to €3/kg, and heifers sold up to €3.35/kg.
In Kilkenny, the best bulls in a special sale of bull weanlings sold up to €3.05/kg, while the general run of prices was €2-2.80kg. The best weanling heifer sold for €3.35/kg, while the rest sold back to €2.10/kg.
Heavy beef steers made €1.60-2.17/kg (€455-890 over). Forward stores sold for €1.70-2.25/kg (up to €660 over). Beef heifers over 500kg made €1.90-2.16/kg, while butcher types sold for €1.70-2.12/kg. Store heifers made €300-480 over their weight (€1.70-2.18/kg). Continental cull cows made €1.45-1.90/kg and Friesian culls sold for €1.15-1.55/kg.
Top-class bulls over 600kg made €545-855 over in Raphoe Mart. Beef bullocks sold for €465-665 over and stores made €300-550 over. Beef heifers sold for €415-690 over, while store heifers made €300-475 over the weight.