Sluggish start as most marts yet to kick off after holidays
Carnew Mart had 400hd of cattle and 60 calves at their sale last Saturday. Prices were improved from the pre-Christmas sale. Beef and forward store bullocks were making from €620-970 with their weight.
Lighter stores were selling for €350-840 over. Beef heifers were in good demand and sold for €550-1,000 over the €/kg. Stores made from €350-660 over the weight.
The best of the cull cows hit a high of €840 with the weight while the lots for further feeding sold back to €120 over the €/kg.
In the suck calf ring, quality, age and strength varied quite a bit with the Friesian bulls.
Prices reflected this and ranged from €75-230. Continental bull calves sold from €220-460 while the heifers made from €170-420.
Dowra had a small turnout of 140 cattle on offer in its first sale of 2014, and trade was quiet for all sorts with no real enthusiasm at ringside.
A few nice Charollais heifer weanlings over 300kg made up to and over €500 with the weight but the general run for the heifer weanlings was €300-400 over.
The few good store heifers on offer made up to €500 with their weight. Plainer lots proved harder sold.