Farm Ireland

Monday 23 October 2017

Sales smaller but prices stay very strong across the board

High demand for quality stores and fleshy stock

Joe Healy

Sales were smaller this week but there's still no let up on the strong prices for all categories. Quality stores and well-fleshed stock were in demand. Good heavy continental lots were making €2.15-2.40/kg with plainer lots selling for €1.80-2.10/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.80-2.25/kg. Stores generally made €1.80-2.30/kg, with the store bullocks making up to €2.40/kg. Plainer types ranged from €1.75-2.10/kg. Top quality cull cows reached a high of €2.14/kg. Farmer and exporter interest in the weanlings ensured all marts reported an extremely lively trade.

Numbers for sale were down at Ballinakill Mart but trade remained strong, especially for the fancy cattle. The plainer sorts were a little easier probably due to most of the farmers having their cattle bought. Cull cows were selling for €1.20-1.70/kg. Weanling heifers made €1.70-2.15. Bulls sold for €1.90-2.30/kg. Store heifers were moving at €1.70-2.20/kg, with the well-fleshed types making €1.85-2.25/kg.

Kilkenny Mart had a small sale of 660hd. The best of the trade was probably for the cull cows where prices ranged from €1.65-2.14/kg. Friesians sold for €0.76-1.70/kg. Heavy continental steers over 600kg were selling for €2.20-2.37/kg, with a pen of 14 655kg Friesian bullocks making €2.17/kg. Forward stores made €2.11-2.32/kg. Lighter stores ranged from €1.90-2.67/kg. Friesian stores sold up to €1.90/kg.

Heavy bulls over 500kg made €2-2.58/kg at Ballina Mart. Quality continental bulls from 400-500kg were making €2.26-2.73/kg. Lighter bulls of 300-400kg made €2.06-2.84 /kg, while the 200-300kg lots moved for €2.11-3.54/kg. Weanling heifers over 400kg were making €1.97-2.67. Heifers from 300-400kg made €1.94-3.28/kg. Light heifers sold for €2.14-3.17/kg.

At the cattle sale, the heavy heifers over 500kg were making €1.65-2.54/kg with lighter and plainer heifers from 350-500kg making €2.06-2.55/kg. Heavy continental bullocks above 500kg made €2.03-2.43/kg.

Heavy steers at Tuam Mart sold for €880-1,290 with their weight, or €2.12-2.46/kg. Lighter lots made €1.77-2.55/kg. Finished heifers were selling for €2.04-2.19/kg with lighter types making up to €2.40/kg.

Cattle prices continued on an upward trend at Dowra Mart with 680 cattle on offer last Saturday. Forward store heifers made €450-750 over their weight while a selection of quality type heifers suitable for breeding made €800-1,200 over. Weanling heifers were selling for €350-650 with the weight, with a few fancy lots making up to €900 over. Store bullocks sold for €450-850 over the €/kg, while heavy weanling bulls made €500-900 over. Lighter bulls were making €350-700 over the €/kg.

Bull weanlings at Carnew made €350-910 over the weight or €2.15-3.05/kg, while the heifer weanlings sold for €280-700 over, reflecting €2.20-3.02/kg. Strong demand for beef cattle had the good steers selling for €550-1,000 over the €/kg. Beef heifers made €450-840 over, with the stores moving at €360-770 with the weight. Cull cows ranged from €250-850 over.

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The best of the heavy bulls made €510-1,255 over the weight up in Raphoe. Well-fleshed steers ranged from €655-1,005 over. Stores sold for €250-855 with the €/kg. In the heifer ring, the stores were making €250-615 with the weight, while the beef types made €565-870 over. Cull cows sold for €600-1,530.

On Saturday, Balla Mart had 809 cattle on offer with 449 weanlings at Tuesday's sale. Bullocks were in great demand especially the bullocks of 600kg plus, which sold for €1.91-2.82/kg. Trade for heifers was strong with some good quality heavy heifers making €2.03-2.28/kg, or €630-955, with their weight.

In Ballymote, the weanling heifers sold for €280-550 with the €/kg. The bulls made €320-765 over. Bullocks sold for €400-815 over the €/kg, while heifers ranged from €320-670 with their weight.

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