Solid trading, but plain stock remains sluggish and heifer sales are tougher
The mart trade was described as solid, if not always lively, around the country over the past week. However, plain stock remain sluggish and heifers also tended to be tougher than previous weeks.
Most of the finished steers were making from €2.00-2.50/kg. Friesians and poorer quality types sold from €1.55-1.95/kg. Continental stores were moving at prices of €2.20-2.70/kg. Lesser types sold for €1.60-2.00/kg. Exporters and farmers were active at the weanling sales.
Top quality lots were making over €3/kg. Farmers were paying between €2.20-2.70/kg. Depending on quality and weight, most of the weanling heifers sold from €1.80-2.50/kg. Fancy lots made up to and over the €3/kg. Heavy Continental cull cows made up to €2/kg.
Ballinakill Mart had 600 head of stock on offer. Trade was similar to previous weeks for most classes but stores were improved by €10-20/hd. Heavy bullocks were making from €2.15-2.50/kg.
Forward stores moved for €1.90-2.65/kg. Lighter lots made from €1.80-2.70/kg. Beef heifers sold for €2.00-2.30/kg. Stores ranged from €1.65-2.40/kg. Weanling bulls made from €1.90-2.70/kg, while the heifers traded for €1.60-2.40/kg. Cull cows made from €1.00-1.80/kg.
At Enniscorthy Mart trade was strong due to a plentiful supply of exporters and farmer buyers present. The weanling bulls were selling for €450-760 with their weight. A few of the top quality lots made up to €1,000 over. The heifers made from €420-600 over. Beef bullocks made from €700-1,015 over the €/kg. Stores traded for up to €920 over for the tops while plain lots proved a difficult trade and sold down to €150 over the weight. The fleshed heifers made from €550-950 with the weight. Cull cow prices ran from €650-1,850.
They had 130 suck calves on offer. Continental bulls sold for €370-500 while the heifers went for €300-420. Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €300-450. Prices for the heifers ranged from €220-375. Friesian bull calves made from €100-270.
Quality stock at Kilkenny Mart met with a lively trade but the plainer lots remain difficult to move. Cattle fit for slaughter were in demand. Heavy Continental steers over 600kg were making from €2.15-2.50/kg or €700-1,055 over their weight.