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