Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Sluggish trade for all stock classes

Joe Healy

Ringside shows another relatively sluggish week at the cattle marts around the country last week with all categories under pressure. Steers were down by between 3-10c/kg. Heavy lots were making from €1.90-2.25/kg.

The 400-600kg Continental types sold for €1.90-2.40/kg while the lighter lots made from €1.85-2.50/kg. Heifers were also showing a drop of 2-9c/kg. The under 400kg lots were selling for €1.80-2.35/kg with the heavier types making from €2.00-2.40/kg.

Weanling bulls, while probably least hit, were still back by 2-5c/kg for your average to top lots. Bulls up to 300kg sold for €2.10-2.90/kg. The heavier types moved at €2.10-2.60/kg. Heifer weanlings were back by between 2-9c/kg with the majority of them selling between €2.10-2.70/kg.

The report from Ballinakill was of a smaller sale all round with plenty of customers. The good quality cattle are still selling well with the fancy 350kg bullocks making up to €1,000/hd.

Forward store Continental steers made from €1.80-2.45/kg. The lighter lots ranged from €1.70-2.50/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €1.85-2.30/kg.

Stores made from €1.70-2.15. In the weanling section, the bulls sold from €1.65-2.00/kg with heifers making from €1.60-2.00/kg. Cull cows made from €1.20-1.70/kg.

The smaller numbers of 780hd at Kilkenny Mart helped keep prices firm with the quality stock even showing an improvement of between €10-15/hd.

The 400-600kg types were making from €1.65-2.45/kg while the light stores made from €1.80-2.50/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.80-2.90/kg or €550-1,075 with the €/kg. Butcher types made from €2.05-2.48/kg.

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Stores ranged from €1.70-2.20/kg or €300-550 over their weight. Continental cull cows were selling for €1.20-2.00/kg. Friesian culls made from €0.70-1.60/kg.

Dowra Mart had a good trade for the 710 cattle on offer last Saturday with bullocks over 600kg making from €1.90-2.40/kg. Lighter stores were making from €1.70-2.65/kg.

A few fancier lots made from €2.90-3.35/kg. Heifers over 550 kg made from €1.80-2.40/kg. Lighter lots made from €1.90-2.60/kg. Weanling heifers generally sold from €2.00-3.00/kg with the fancier calves making from €3.00-3.30/kg. The best quality in-calf suckler heifers were selling from €1,400-1,850.

Balla Mart had a big sale with over 800 lots that included a large number of strong heavy bullocks. Lighter stores were scarce and met with good demand.


Heavy bullocks were making €700-1,000 with their weight or €1.22-2.64/kg while lighter plain types were making €500-650 with the €/kg or €1.09-2.61/kg.

Heifers were slightly improved. Lighter lots under 400kg were selling for €1.36-2.72/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.41-2.70/kg. A five-year-old Limousin cow with a Limousin heifer-calf at foot topped the sucklers at €1,900. The best of the cull cows, an eight year-old 870kg Charolais peaked at €1,640.

They had over 700hd at their weanling sale. Light bulls up to 350kg sold from €500-750 with the weight. This reflected €1.43-3.26/kg. Heavy bulls made up to €800 over their weight or €1.66-2.97/kg. Light heifers under 350kg were making from €1.11-3.19/kg.

The heavy Continental steers over 700kg at Tuam Mart made from €1.95-2.22/kg. Forward stores made from €1.23-2.51/kg while lighter lots ranged from €1.05-2.55/kg. Heifers over 550kg were selling for €1.93-2.43/kg. Lots between 400-500kg made from €2.24-2.61/kg. Weanling bulls over 400kg ranged from €2.08-2.45/kg while the 300-400kg types sold for €2.20-2.64/kg. Lighter bulls made from €2.60-2.96/kg. Heavy heifer weanlings were selling for €1.90-2.44/kg.

Carnew reported a strong trade for the 450 weanlings on offer with prices improved by €20/hd. Weanling bulls sold for €350-820 with the weight.

The heifers moved at €280-750 over. At the cattle sale where they had 650hd, the trade was good for the quality lots but the plainer stores were easier by €20/hd.

Fleshed heifers made from €520-850 with the weight while the stores made from €260-720 over. The heavy cull cows hit a high of €850 with their weight. Feeders sold back to €100 over.

Top class bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe made from €300-900 over the weight.

Beef bullocks ranged from €760-1,025 over. Stores made from €570-760 with the €/kg. Fleshed heifers sold for €510-865 over their weight. Cull cow prices ranged from €700-1,650 each.

Weanling numbers held well with good demand for quality lots at Mountbellew. The heifers made from €315-425 with their weight. Bulls moved at €300-465 over. Cull cows were making from €600-1,130 each.

Bullocks at Maam Cross Mart made from €1.85-2.85/kg. The heifers were making from €1.60-2.75/kg. Prices for weanlings ran from €1.60-2.85/kg. The best of the cull cows made up to €1.95/kg, while cows for further feeding sold back to €1.25/kg. Cows with a calf at foot moved at prices of €1,000-1,475/unit.

Irish Independent