Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sellers in the driving seat as tight supplies keeps trade up

Producers cash in as marts report increases of €20/hd

Joe Healy

Last week was another strong one for the mart trade, with several outlets reporting an improvement of at least €20/hd. Quality store stock continue to hit new highs and are making €2.50-3/kg.

Beef stock, whether they are prime cattle or cull cows, are holding firm. Numbers of calves continue to grow but prices are holding. Friesian calves of more than 2-3 weeks sold for €130-230 in the main. Some strong lots made up to €300, while very young, lighter types sold closer to the €100 mark. Young, milky-looking dairy stock made up to €2,000, but in general €1,300-1,500 was the going rate for dairy cows. Sucklers sold for €1,400-1,800.

At Ennis Mart, Friesian bull calves sold for €130-180 as the best of them made up to €240. Continental bull calves sold for €350-485, while the heifers moved at €300-435. Hereford and Angus bull calves went for €250-370.


There were 450 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart. All classes improved by €10-20/hd, especially quality continental steers between 500-600kg. The heavy bullocks made €2.20-2.50/kg, as the forward stores sold for €2.30-2.85/kg. Light stores moved at €2.20-3/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.25-2.70/kg. Store prices went for €1.80-2.60/kg.

The 620hd at Kilkenny met with an excellent trade due to a significant increase in the amount of buyers present. Heavy steers over 600kg generally sold for €2.10-2.28/kg with three nice Charolais bullocks weighing 665kg selling for €1,780 (€2.68/kg). The stores between 400-600kg made €2.15-2.73/kg. Lighter types sold for €2.20-3.17/kg.

Beef heifers made €2-2.43/kg. Butcher lots sold for €2.15-2.34/kg, with the continental stores moving for €2.12-2.85/kg.

Carnew had 630 cattle and 100 calves at their sale. All prices improved by €20-30/hd. Beef and forward steers sold for €750-1,050 with the weight. Stores made €450-950 over.

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Weanling bulls sold for €450-850 with the €/kg. Heavy heifers moved at €700-1,020 over the weight while stores sold for €380-800 over. Well-fleshed cull cows made as high as €870 with the €/kg, whie store cows sold back to €240 with their weight.

Balla Mart had their end of month Continental sale with more than 1,000 cattle on offer.

Prices were up by €30-50/hd. Bullocks met a good trade as the heavy lots sold for €2.02-3/kg. Lighter types made €2.86-3.62/kg. Trade for heifers was also strong as some quality heavy heifers on offer made €2.23-2.58/kg. Forward stores sold for €2.78-3.26/kg.


Dowra Mart reported a very strong trade for the 420 cattle on offer last Saturday. Heavy heifers made €2-2.60, with fancy lots for breeding hitting €2.80-3.60/kg. Strong heifer weanlings made €2.40-3.00/kg and, again, some fancy breeding lots sold up to €3.50/kg. Lighter heifers met a flying trade and sold for €2.40-3.40/kg.

The best of the heavy bulls over 600kg in Raphoe made €710-975 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €945-1,010 over. Stores achieved €435-955 over the €/kg. Beef heifers hit €525-890 over the weight.

Heavy bullocks between 400-500kg made €2.10-2.51/kg at Mayo-Sligo Mart. Bullocks between 300-400kg sold for €2.23-3.16/kg. Lighter types under 300kg made €2.23-3.56/kg. Heavy bull weanlings reached €2.26-2.78/kg. Quality Continental bulls of 400-500kg made €2.56-3.21/kg.

In the heifer section, the heavy lots made €1.95-2.74/kg, while the 300-400kg types achieved €1.90-2.83/kg. Lighter heifer weanlings made €3.03-3.71/kg.

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