Farm Ireland

Saturday 20 January 2018

Quality lots and high interest sees prices spike at the mart

Returns up ¤10-20/hd at sale yards across country

Joe Healy

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.

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On Saturday, Balla Mart had 1,192 cattle on offer, with strong prices for all types. Bullock prices ranged from €1.94-2.59/kg, while heifers ranged from €2.09-2.54/kg. The average price of cattle was €216/hd up on the corresponding sale last year, while the weanlings were €101 up on last year.

Good quality heavy bullocks made €2-2.31/kg. Heifer prices increased by €20/hd for quality lots and sold for €2.09-2.54/kg. In-calf cows and cows with a calf at foot made €1,100-1,770/hd. The special U and R-grade weanling sale had 991 weanlings on offer. Bulls made from €450-670 with the weight, while heifers made from €345-630 over.

Prices improved by €10-15/hd at Carnew Mart last week. Beef and forward store bullocks traded at €500-1,000 over the weight. Stores made €350-700 over. Beef heifers sold for €440-710 with the €/kg, while store heifers made €320-600 over.

Keen demand resulted in Friesian bull suck calves selling for €110-235/hd.

Ballymote had strong demand from local farmers and Northern Ireland buyers. Heavy steers sold for €700-980 over, light stores for €300-540 over the weight. Heifers under 400kg sold for €300-505 over the €/kg, while 400-500kg lots made from €400-790 over. Heavier types moved for €500-980 over. Dry cows sold for €200-650 over the weight and suckler springers made up to €1,350/hd.

The weanling trade was described as red hot. Charolais bulls and heifers under 250kg sold for up to €425 over, while bulls from 300-400kg made €400-630 with their weight.

This Thursday Ballymote has a Continental bullock and dry cow sale, and a Belgian Blue weanling sale on Friday.

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