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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@ independent.ie

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.

Electric

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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