Rising interest in suckler cows brings about price boost for quality animals
Beef animals remain a strong trade at the marts and there was quite a bit of interest in suckler cows last week, resulting in good prices for quality animals.
Beef and forward store animals enjoyed the best of the trade at Kilkenny Mart. Light Friesians and bulls were the poorest sellers, but there was better demand for good British Friesian types. Heavy steers sold for €2.16-2.78/kg. Good quality Friesians made up to €2.02/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.00-2.61/kg, with lighter types making from €1.40-2.97/kg. In the heifer section, heavy factory lots made €2.25-2.65/kg, while butcher types sold for €1.80-2.45/kg. Stores moved at €1.55-3.00/kg. Suckler cows were scarce in number and they sold for €1,260-1,520. Continental cull cows made €1.40-2.25/kg and Friesian culls made €1.10-2.05/kg.
Ballinakill had a smaller sale of 400 cattle on offer. Heavy bullocks made €2.25-2.80/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.10-2.84/kg. Lighter lots sold for €1.80-3.00/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.90-2.65/kg. Stores made €1.70-2.30/kg. In the weanling ring, bulls sold for €1.80-2.60/kg with heifers moving at €1.60-2.30/kg. Cull cow prices ran from €1.35/kg to €2/kg.
Forward store bullocks and heifers and heavy cull cows were the best sellers at Ballymote Mart. Stores of 400-500kg made from €500-590 over and heavier types sold up to a high of €1,410 over the €/kg.
Heifers up to 400kg made €175-500 over their weight. Suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €1,100-1,300/unit. Cull cows sold for €150-700 with the €/kg.
Heavier bulls sold for €360-600 over. Weanling heifers of 300-400kg made €200-335 with the weight.
The trade was improved at Dowra Mart last Saturday, especially for lighter cattle. Weanling heifers made €1.80-2.80/kg, with store heifers making €2.20-2.70/kg. Forward store bullocks sold for €1.80-2.70/kg. Heavy weanling bulls made up to €2.90/kg and lighter lots sold for €1.90-2.90/kg. Heavy cows continued to meet a very strong demand and they made €1.80-2.30/kg. Feeding cows sold for €1.00-1.70/kg. Young cows with calves at foot made €1,400-1,840/unit.
Balla Mart had 936 cattle for sale, with a better trade and good demand, even for plainer types. Prices for heifers rose by €20/hd. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.90-3.07/kg, while lighter types made €1.94-3.24/kg.