Farm Ireland

Monday 22 January 2018

Store bullocks meet strong demand

Joe Healy

Light store bullocks and heavy weanling heifers enjoyed the best of the trade over the past week but it proved a tough few days for the other categories.

Prices for all weights of continental weanling bulls fell, with prices for under-300kg lots running at €2.30-3.10/kg in the main.

Weanlings of 300-400kg made €2.20-2.90/kg, while heavier types sold for €2.10-2.60/kg. Light heifer weanlings made €2.30-3.00 and heavier lots sold for €2.10-2.70/kg.

Prices for store bullocks less than 500kg rose to €2.20-2.90/kg. Heavy steers made €2.10-2.50/kg. Friesians over 500kg sold for €1.60-2.00/kg, with the lighter lots selling at €1.40-1.90/kg. Most of the continental heifers moved at €2.10-2.50/kg.

Quality suckler cows were in good demand, with €1,500-2,000 regularly paid. The best cull cows continue to make up to and over €2/kg. Feeders are making from €1.00-1.50/kg.

A very large entry of approximately 1,500 heifers at Roscommon Mart had to be divided into two sales over a fortnight.

The first sale last Friday saw more than 700 animals offered for sale.


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The top Continentals weighing 450-650kg made up to €3.04/kg, with an average of €2.33/kg paid. A notable feature was the strong interest from Britain, with more than 100 heifers bought for export. The second heifer sale takes place next Friday.

It was a similar story at the pedigree Simmental sale on Saturday, where 34 bulls sold for an average price of €3,522.

The high point of the sale was the €18,500 paid by a British farmer for a quality bull, while two heifers also went to England at more than €10,000 apiece.

A pedigree cow with a calf at foot was bought by a Scottish farmer for €7,000. Overall, the majority of the heifers made €2,000-5,000/hd.

There were fewer weanlings and customers at Kilkenny Mart, resulting in a tougher than usual sale.

Heavy bulls sold for €2.05-2.40/kg or €480-730 with their weight. The 300-400kg bulls moved at €2.00-2.55/kg, with lighter lots making €1.80-2.88/kg.

Heifers under 300kg sold for €2.20-2.86/kg. The 300-400kg heifers made €1.80-2.92/kg, while heavier types sold for €2.15-2.45/kg. Light bullocks under 400kg sold for €2.20-2.95/kg.

Bullocks under 400kg at Ballymote Mart sold for €320-565 over their weight. The 400-500kg lots sold for €410-775 over. Heavier lots sold for €500-820 with the €/kg.

Light heifers made €300-775 over the weight. Heifers over 400kg made €400-800 with their weight.

Store cull Friesian cows sold back to €120 under their weight, while fit continental cows sold for €400-925 with the €/kg. Continental springers due to start calving to an AI Limousin bull this month sold for €1,350-2,300 each.

In the weanling section, light bulls of 200-300kg sold for €300-675 over the weight.

Prices for 300-400kg bulls sold for €350-640 over, heavier lots selling up to €900 over the weight. Weanling heifers made €260-550 over the €/kg.

Trade was steady for the 910 cattle on offer at Dowra last Saturday. Steers over 550kg sold for €2.00-2.40/kg, with the lighter stores making €1.80-2.70/kg.

Weanling bulls over 500 kg made €1.80-2.50/kg while lighter bulls moved at €2.00-3.00/kg. A few fancy lots made €3.00-3.40/kg. Heifers over 550kg sold for €2.00-2.50/kg.


A few quality lots for breeding made up to €2.8/kg while the lighter stores made €1.80-2.70/kg. Weanling heifers moved at €1.80-3.00/kg, with the top heifers making €3.00-3.30/kg.

The best in-calf suckler heifers made €1,800-2,600 and plainer lots sold for €1,200-1,600 each.

Carnew reported a good stable trade, with weanling bulls selling for €380-850 with their weight and heifers making €320-775 over.

At the cattle sale, beef and forward store bullocks sold for €640-970 with their weight. Lighter stores sold for €250-850 over.

Fleshed heifers made €550-970 with the €/kg. Stores sold for €260-750 over. Cull cows ranged from €250 over for feeders and up to €1,100 for heavy continental types fit for slaughter.

In the calf ring, Friesian bull calves sold for €80-175. Continental bull calves made €245-425 while heifers sold for €150-420 each.

Bullocks sold for €1.85-2.85/kg out in Maam Cross. Cull cows ranged from €1.25-1.95/kg. Prices for suckler cows with a calf varied from €1,000-1,400.

Heifers made €1.60-2.75 per kg with one heifer making €1,940. Weanlings moved at €1.60-2.85/kg.

Top-class bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe sold for €465-900 over the weight.

Beef bullocks traded at €385-850 over. Stores made €305-825 with their weight.

Beef heifers sold for €490-945 over the €/kg and stores sold for €300-725 over. Cull cows made €700-1,770 each.

Balla Mart had a very big sale of more than 1,400 cattle, including a big number of heavy bullocks which sold for €800-1,000 with their weight or €1.41-3.01/kg.

Lighter plainer types sold for €600-700 with the weight or €1.79-2.70/kg.


Heifers were up slightly. Light heifers under 400kg sold for €1.37-3.24/kg and heavy lots made €1.64-2.96/kg. The weanling sale had over 600 bulls and 300 heifers on offer.

Light bulls sold for €500-750 with their weight or €1.19-3.16/kg.

Heavier bulls over 350kg made €1.39-3.27/kg.

Heifer weanlings on affer in in Mountbellew mart sold for €300-520 over their weight on the day. Bulls made €295-540 over. A big selection of springers on offer sold for prices ranging from €890-1,570.

Fat cull cows in Ballina hit a high of €1,550/hd, with prices for suckler cows peaking at €1,800/hd ion the ring.

Irish Independent