Quality lots and high interest sees prices spike at the mart
Returns up Â¤10-20/hd at sale yards across country
Just when we thought that the mart trade had levelled out, we hear of price improvements of €10-20/hd from sales yards around the country. Shippers and farmers are keeping a very solid trade in the weanling sections. Good quality forward stores were probably the best sellers, making from €2/kg up to €2.50 plus.
The suck calf trade was reported as steady, with tops of almost €500 paid for Continental bulls and €400 for heifers. Friesian bull calves made up to €250/hd.
Cattle improved by €10-20/hd at Kilkenny Mart. Heavy steers sold for €1.90-2.15/kg. Continental bullocks made €2.05-2.30/kg, with top quality lots selling for €2.50-2.62/kg. Friesian steers made €1.60-1.82/kg. The top price was €2.74/kg, paid for six 390kg Limousin bullocks. Friesians made €1.80-2/kg. Continental beef heifers made €1.90-2.21/kg. Butcher types ranged from €2-2.19/kg. Stores made €2.05-2.23/kg. Friesian cull cows sold for €1.20-1.70/kg, while Continental culls traded at €1.50-1.90/kg.
Trade was extremely lively for the 700 cattle at Enniscorthy. Beef bullocks sold for €575-850 with the weight, while stores made €300-710 over. Beef and butcher heifers sold for €390-680 over the €/kg, with stores made €340-650 over. Well-fleshed cull cows made up to €680 over the weight, while cows for further feeding sold back to €50 over.
Most of the bulls moved at €350-650 over the €/kg, with a few choice lots making up to €750 over. Heifer weanlings made €340-510 over the weight.
Continental bull calves made €320-487. Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €240-415, while Friesians were sold at €165-250.
Dowra Mart had 780 cattle for sale last Saturday, with a very strong trade for all classes. Heavy heifers made from €350-700 over, with a few top lots for breeding making up to €800 over. Heavy bullocks made from €450-750 over. Heavy weanling bulls made from €350-750 over. Lighter bulls made from €300-640 over the weight.
Young cull cows over 600kg made from €350-650 over the €/kg, while older lighter cows were a shade back in price, selling for €50-200 over. The best of the suckler springers made from €1,400-1,800, while good cows with a calf at foot made from €1,200 to €1,750/unit.