Balla Mart had its biggest sale of the year on Saturday, with 1,200 cattle on offer. Prices for forward store steers were up by €20-40/hd. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.62-2.68/kg while lighter types made €1.70-3.70/kg. Some heavy heifers on offer made €1.62-2.68/kg.
Forward store heifers sold for €1.51-2.77 /kg. The top cow price was €1,670, paid for a 715kg Limousin cull cow, while a Limousin heifer due to calve in mid-March sold for €1,800.
The weanling sale had more than 450 bulls and 320 heifer weanlings. The majority of light bulls sold for €2.11-3.67/kg, while heavier bulls made from €1.90-3.26/kg.
Stock suitable for export made, on average, €587 with the weight.
There were more than 500 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart, where heavy bullocks sold for €2.15-2.50/kg.
Forward stores made €2-2.65/kg while light stores traded at €1.80-2.70/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2-2.30 with stores making from €1.70-2.05/kg.
Weanling bulls made €1.90-2.40/kg and heifers made €1.65-2.10/kg. Suckler cows made €1,170-1,630. Cull cows moved at €1-1.75/kg.
Bullocks under 400kg sold for €350-535 over their weight at Ballymote Mart.
Lots between 400-500kg made €400-700 over or up to €2.56/kg. The 500-600kg types sold for €450-740 over the €/kg.
Heavier lots made up to €850 over. Heifers under 400kg made €300-570 over the weight. The tops sold for up to €2.44/kg. Lots from 400-500kg traded for €400-680 over.
Heavier lots made up to €700 over. Cull cows for feeding were moving at €100-150 with their weight, while the fleshier types made up to €500 over the weight.
At the weanling sale, bulls under 300kg sold for €300-600 over the weight and those of 300-400kg sold for €350-855 over. Lots for export made up to €3.44/kg.
Light heifers sold for €250-610 over the weight and lots of 300-400kg made €300-795 over the €/kg or up to €3.21/kg. Heavier lots made up to €850 over or €3/kg.
At Dowra Mart, bullocks over 600kg made €2-2.40/kg, with a few very fancy lots making up to €2.55/kg. Lighter steers sold for €1.80-2.60/kg.
Bull weanlings sold for €2-2.60/kg. Some of the lighter fancy calves hit €3/kg. Heifers over 500kg sold for €1.80-2.35/kg and lighter stores sold from €1.80-2.50/kg.
Weanling heifers varied in price from €2/kg for the plainer lots up to €3.20/kg for a few fancy lots. Cull cows were back in price to €1.70-1.95/kg for the best cows.
Good heavy bulls over 600kg sold for €400-1,135 with their weight at Raphoe Mart. Store bullocks made €345-860 over. Beef heifers sold for €430-950 with the weight, while stores made €300-700 over the €/kg. Prices for cull cows were €700-1,820/hd.
Mayo Sligo Mart had a good attendance of buyers from Northern Ireland, the midlands and local feeders.
Quality continental store bullocks of 470-580kg made €1,100-1,370/hd, while heifers of 380-425kg sold for €950-1,020.
Heavier lots made up to €786 over the weight. Good cull cows made €1.60-2.04/kg.