Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Store bullocks and heifers strengthen a little but prices ease on plainer types

Heavy cattle and lighter types are also struggling

Joe Healy

It was a mixed week at the marts with forward store bullocks and heifers up a little, as were the heavy weanling bulls and the weanling heifers between 200-300kg.

On the other hand, the heavy cattle and the lighter plainer types, as well as the 300-400kg bulls, were just a shade easier than the previous week.

The tops of the weanling bulls and heifers were making up to and over €3/kg. However, a range from €2.00 to €2.60/kg bought the vast majority of them.

An average of €2.00-2.10/kg was the story for the steers and heifers, with prices running from €1.50 to €2.50 for the store bullocks and from €1.80 to €2.36/kg for the heavier types over 600kg.

Heifer prices averaged between €2.10 and 2.20/kg with a range of €1.80-2.50/kg.

Kilkenny had 700 cattle for sale.

Fleshed cattle and forward store heifers were the best of the sellers, but light store heifers met with a difficult trade.

Heavy steers were selling for €1.93-2.41/kg or €680-950 with the weight.

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The 500-600kg continental steers moved at €1.90-2.65/kg with the lots under 500kg generally making €1.80-2.70/kg.

The tops hit up to €3/kg. Butcher heifers sold for €1.70-2.39/kg, while the factory types made €2.00-2.50/kg.

Nice quality stores varied from €2.00 to €2.48/kg. Friesian cull cows were making €1.10-1.80/kg.

Continentals made from €1.45-2.16/kg.

There were 1,150 cattle on offer in Carnew where a very strong trade for beef and quality stores was reported, but light plainer cattle were easier by €20/hd.

The beef and forward store bullocks were making €650-1,110 with their weight. Stores under 500kg made €150-600 over the weight.

Beef heifers made €550-1,015 over the €1/kg, with the stores moving at €280-750 over.

Weanling bulls ranged from €380 to €810 over their weight.

Prices for suckler cows with a calf at foot ranged from €1,000 to €1,450. Cull cows made €250-910 over the weight.

The weanlings at Balla Mart will be sold on Tuesdays for the next few months, so last Saturday's sale was just for bullocks, heifers and cows.

There were 910 cattle presented for sale.

Prices for quality store bullocks were up by €40-50/hd on the previous week and they were making €800-900 with their weight.

Lighter plainer types were making €450-700 with the €1/kg.

Heavy bullocks were selling for €1.59-2.86/kg, while lighter types made from €1.12 to €3.07/kg.

Light heifers under 400kg were making €1.31-2.74/kg, while the heavy types made from €1.56 to €2.69/kg.

Dowra Mart had 490 cattle on offer. Trade was very strong for all classes.

Bullocks over 600kg made from €2.00 to €2.40/kg, with the lighter lots making €1.80-2.70/kg.

Weanling bulls over 500kg were selling for €1.80-2.50/kg, with the lighter bulls making from €2.00-2.80/kg.

A few fancy lots sold up to €3.20/kg.

Heifers over 550kg ranged from €2.15 to €2.45/kg. The lighter stores sold for €2.00-2.70/kg.

Weanling heifers were making from €1.80 to €2.80/kg. A few top lots made up to and over €3.00/kg. The best of the cull cows made from €1.80 to €2.10/kg.

Feeding cows varied from €1.00 to €1.60/kg.

Bullocks at Maam Cross were selling for €2.25-3.15/kg, with the heifers making from €1.92 to €2.30/kg.

The majority of the weanlings sold between €1.80 and €2.40/kg.

Cull cows made from €1.45 to €1.80/kg. Sucklers with a calf at foot sold for €1,010-1,390/unit.

In Ballinakill, where 400hd were for sale, the bullocks were a good steady trade all through, with the quality lots selling very well.

The heifers were a quieter trade, but good quality lots were scarce.

Heavy bullocks were making €2.00-2.55/kg.

Forward stores moved at €1.95-2.65/kg, with the lighter stores making €1.90-2.75/kg. Beef heifers were selling for €2.10-2.45/kg.

Stores made €1.75-2.30/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.75-2.45/kg, while the heifers varied from €1.75 to €2.10/kg. Cull cows made from €1.20-2.00/kg.

Irish Independent