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Quality stock prices holding steady despite wet conditions

General run of dairy stock selling for €1,300 to €1,600

Trade for the plainer types was tougher at the marts over the past week. The harsh wet weather and poor grass growing conditions didn't help. Apart from that, prices held pretty steady with quality stock and calves continuing to sell well. The general run of dairy stock were selling for €1,300-1,600 with a few top quality heifers or young cows making more on occasions.

There were 850 cattle on offer at Carnew Mart where a strong trade for all classes was reported with prices fully maintained. Beef and forward steers made €600-1,020 over the weight. Well fleshed heifers made from €580-920 with the weight while stores moved at €450-830 over.

Balla Mart had over 820 cattle at their sale. The quality lots sold well but plainer lots were harder to sell. Heavy bullocks made from €1.97-2.95/kg while lighter types made €3.06-4.07/kg. Some quality heavy heifers on offer sold from €2.35-2.65/kg. Forward store heifers traded for €2.91-3.27/kg. Cows with a calf at foot topped out at €2,500 while the best of the cull cows made €1,940.

Weanlings were a good trade with the majority of light stock making over €3.50/kg while the top quality lots made up to and over €4/kg. Heavy bulls made from €2.42-3.00/kg. Heavy heifer weanlings sold from €2.22-3.12/kg.

The smaller sale than normal at Ballinakill Mart saw prices back, especially for the plainer types. Trade was not helped by a noticeable shortage of farmer customers due to recent poor grass growth. Heavy bullocks sold for €2.00-2.55/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €2.20-2.70/kg with the stores making €1.80-2.45/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €2.20-2.85/kg and heifers made €1.85-2.35/kg.

At Ballymote the stores were making from €325-810 over. Heavier lots made up to €940 over the weight. Light store heifers made from €400-785 over the €/kg. Lots over 400kg ranged from €500-985 over the weight.

Light bull weanlings sold for €350-500 over their weight and heavier types made up to €700 over.

The best of the heavy bulls made €500-1,025 over their weight up in Raphoe with the beef bullocks selling for €560-1,100 over. Stores made from €395-945 over the €/kg. Heifers fit for slaughter traded at €475-1,045 with the weight. Cull cows made from €845-1,500 each.

Steers over 500kg made from €2.47-2.61/kg in Tuam with heavier steers making from €2.55-2.72/kg. Heifers over 500kg ranged from €2.22-2.48/kg. The weanling bulls over 300kg made €2.94-3.49/kg. Weanling heifers sold from €2.95-3.21/kg. Top prices for cull cows and suckler cows with a calf at foot were €1,530 and €1,760 respectively.

Steers over 400kg at Mayo/Sligo Mart made from €2.00-2.96/kg with lighter lots making from €2.19-3.75/kg. Top quality heifers made over €3.00/kg while in general, prices varied from €2-3/kg. The good continental weanling bulls made from €2.27-3.00/kg.

Trade was good for all categories at Enniscorthy where beef bullocks sold for €750-1,050 over the weight. Stores made €450-1,050 over. In the heifer section, the butcher and factory types were selling for €670-950 over the €/kg while the stores moved at €375-780 with their weight. At their calf sale, the continental bulls ranged from €450-550 with the heifers selling for €400-530. Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €370-515. The heifers traded at €275-500.

Calves continued to sell well at Kilkenny Mart. Strong Friesian bulls made up to €405. Lighter plainer types sold back to €140. Continental bull calves made €320-535 while the coloured heifers moved at €280-410. In Ennis, the run of dairy stock made from €1,300-1,500.

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