Steers show biggest improvement but weanling heifers over 400kg hit

Joe Healy

Ringside shows a mixed bag for the cattle trade at the marts during the past week with steers selling well and showing an improvement of between 2-6c/kg.

Lighter types were making from 210-280c/kg with the over 500kg steers selling between 195-240c/kg. Plainer lots moved at 146-166c/kg. The heavy heifers were the only females doing well and were up by 2-10c/kg at 205-250c/kg. Heifers under 500kg were back by 2-7c/kg on average at 215-265c/kg. Lesser quality lots sold for 184-192c/kg.

Prices for the weanling bulls were down by 2-8c/kg. Lighter types sold for 215-295c/kg while bulls over 300kg made from 205-265c/kg. Dairy bred bulls ranged from 138-168c/kg.

The biggest fall of the week was for weanling heifers over 400kg where a huge drop of between 25-30c/kg left them at 220-255c/kg. Lighter heifers were reasonably steady in a range from 240-295c/kg. The plain weanlings made from 195-206c/kg.

Friesian bull suck calves vary from €50-150 in the main with the Jersey types lucky to even attract a bid. Continental bull calves generally made between €250-400 with the heifers making from €250-370. The majority of the young freshly calved dairy cows ranged from €1,000-1,400 with older lots selling between €850-1,200.

Numbers are beginning to come back a bit at Ennis Mart but there was a very strong trade for cattle with plenty of farmers actively buying stock. Trade was improved by €10-20/hd. Heavy steers made from €1.76-2.49/kg while stores weighing between 450-600kgs made from €1.80-2.82/kg with lighter stores under 450kgs selling from €1.80-2.89/kg. Beef heifers sold from €2.05-2.62/kg with stores from €1.80-2.95/kg.

There was another big sale of cows with prices up €10/hd on the previous week. Continental cows sold from €1.55-2.29/kg with Friesian cull cows making from €0.95-1.69/kg. Cull bulls made up to €2,000 or €1.72/kg.

Top class bulls over 600kgs at Raphoe mart were selling for €350-855 over their weight. Beef bullocks sold for €350-800 over. Stores were making from €350-855. Beef heifers moved at €480-1,065 over their weight while the stores made from €300-735 over. Prices for cull cows ran from €700-1,355.

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Dowra Mart reported a smaller than normal sale on Saturday but trade was improved from the previous week. Heifer weanlings under 300kg made from €1.80-2.80 with top lots making €3.10/kg.

Weanling bulls under 300kg moved at €2.00-3.10/kg while bulls from 300-400kg ranged from €1.80-3.20/kg. Bulls over 400kg made from €1.80-2.80/kg.

There was good demand across all sections at Ballymote with heifers and weanling heifers particularly strong. Heifers up to 400kg were selling for €300-630 with their weight while heavier lots moved at €450-720 over. Weanling heifers sold for €300-555 with the €/kg.

Bullocks under 400kg made from €320-675 over the weight. Lots over 400kg were making from €410-755 over.

Balla Mart had over 800 lots on offer. All cattle were improved in price. Some light store heifers were well up in prices, especially those suitable for export. Prices ranged from €1.88-3.73/kg. Heavier lots over 400kg sold for €1.56-3.01/kg.

There were 700 cattle on offer at Carnew where beef and forward store bullocks sold for €650-950 over the weight. Stores were making from €450-820 over. Friesian steers made from €150-400 with their weight. Weanling bulls ranged from €450-850 over the €/kg. Store heifers were making from €330-700 with their weight. Cull cows made from €150-800 over the €/kg.

Ballinakill had 342 cattle on offer. The small heifers remain the best sellers with a tops of 350kg making €1,000.

Bullocks at Maam Cross made from €2.45-3.10/kg. Weanlings ranged from €1.75-3.30/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.25-1.95/kg. Prices for cows with a calf at foot ranged from €985-1,510/unit.

Weanling heifers made from €400-650 with the weight at Mountbellew. Weanling bulls ranged from €350-550 over.

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