Farm Ireland

Thursday 23 November 2017

Steer prices improve by up to 7c/kg as weanling bulls and heifers also rise

The price of weanling bulls has increased
The price of weanling bulls has increased

Joe Healy jhealy@

Ringside shows another strong week at the marts especially for the steers, weanling bulls and the heavy weanling heifers. Steers under 500kg were up by as much as 7c/kg in a range from €2.15-2.95/kg while the heavier types were improved by 6-9c/kg at €2.25-2.60/kg. Plainer lots were selling for €1.80-1.90/kg.

The lighter heifers under 400kg were back by 2-5c/kg at €2.45-2.90/kg. The rest ranged from €2.25-2.70/kg with the better heavier types back on average by up to 20c/kg. Poorer quality lots made from €2.00-2.20/kg.

There is better news on the weanling bull front with prices improved by 3-7c/kg. Prices ranged from €2.45-3.15/kg in the main. Lesser lots sold for €1.90-2.20/kg. Weanling heifers under 300kg were up by 8-11c/kg at €2.85-3.35/kg.

The 300-400kg lots moved at €2.70-3.15/kg reflecting a rise of 18c/kg. Heavy lots sold for €2.55-3.00/kg while plain weanlings made from €2.20-2.50/kg which are strong prices for plain enough stock.

Friesian bull calves are making from €70-200. The majority of Angus and Hereford calves are making from €200-300 with €250-400 buying most of the continental calves.


Dowra had 770 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was described as electric on the day with weanling bulls under 300kg making from €2/kg up to €4/kg. A few fancy lighter lots made up to €4.35/kg. Lots from 300-400kg made from €2.20-3.30/kg.

Bulls over 400kg sold for €2.20-2.85/kg. Store bullocks were selling for €2.00-2.75/kg while lots over 600 kg made from €2.20-2.50kg. The light weanling heifers under 300kg moved at €2.30-3.90/kg. Heifers between 300-400kg made €2.10-3.95/kg. The 400-500 kg types ranged from €1.90-3.30/kg.

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A few top quality lots suitable for breeding hit up to a high of €4.10/kg. Heavier lots made from €2.20-2.80/kg. The best of the young cull cows made from €1.80-2.45/kg. Feeding cows sold for €1.30-1.80/kg. Cows with a calf at foot made from €1,500-2,120/unit while in calf heifers made from €1,200-2,000.

Balla mart had more than 900 lots on offer last Saturday and reported the average price as €30/hd dearer than this time last year.

Store bullocks under 400kg were making from €2.25-3.50/kg. Heavier lots were selling for €1.75-2.76/kg. The lighter heifers up to 400kg were up by €20/hd and varied from €1.70-3.54/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.66-3.03/kg. A 10-yr-old 880kg Charollais cull cow peaked at €2,440. The sucklers saw a 4 yr Lmx 3rd calf cow with BB bull calf at foot sell for €2,380. Light bull weanlings up to 400kg were making from €2.13-3.38/kg while heavier lots made from €1.75-2.92/kg. Heifers ranged from €2.10-3.41/kg.

Stores were improved by €20-30/hd in Carnew where 1,000 hd were offered for sale. Beef and forward store steers were making from €750-1,100 over their weight.

Lighter stores sold for €550-1,060 with the €/kg. Friesian bullocks made from €300-630 over. Weanling bulls moved at €500-900 with the weight. In the heifer ring, the fleshed lots were selling for €600-1,000 over the €/kg. Stores sold for €450-850 over.

They had 120 suck calves. Friesian bulls varied from €60-125. Continental bulls made from €250-420 while the Angus and Hereford bulls sold for €220-380. The Angus and Hereford heifer calves ranged from €160-310. Coloured heifers made from €150-410.

Ballinakill had 300 on offer. Some top store heifers made over €3/kg in a range from €2.00-3.15/kg. The steers and all weanlings sold for €2.00-3.00/kg. Cull cows made from €1.35-3.20/kg. Prices for suckler cows ran from €1,180-1,660.

Beef heifers once again outsriped bullock prices by 20c/kg in Kilkenny where the top cull cow sold for a top call of €2.47/kg. Steers over 500kg were making from €1.80-2.60/kg.

The 400-500kg steers made from €1.70-2.90/kg but the lighter types were extremely lively with prices running from €1.75-3.40/kg or €320-700 with the weight. The heavier heifers made from €1.90-2.75/kg. Lots under 400kg sold for €2.15-3.20/kg. The aforementioned continental cull cows made from €1.50-2.47/kg. Friesian cows sold for €1.20-1.80/kg.

Top class bulls over 600 kg up in Raphoe were making from €440-1,080 over the weight. Beef bullocks sold for €720-1,100 over. Stores made from €400-985 with the €/kg. Fleshy heifers moved at €535-1,085 over their weight. Stores made from €300-745 over. Cull cow prices ran from €750-1,850 each

Strong trade

A bigger sale at Ennis mart enjoyed a very strong trade all round with plenty of customers to buy stock. Heavy steers made from €1.94-2.67/kg. Stores from 450-600kg made from €1.81-2.90/kg with lighter stores under 450kg making from €1.80- 2.98/kg.

Beef heifers sold for €2.05-2.74/kg and stores for €1.86-3.30/kg. Cull cows were an excellent trade with continental cows selling from €1.48-2.27/kg and Friesian culls from €1.14-1.71/kg. Cull bulls made up to €1,690 or €2.20/kg.

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