Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Store trade continues to roar nationwide


Joe Healy

The store trade remains on fire at the marts around the country, with all categories of stock continuing to meet with very strong prices. One manager said to me that it has now come to the point that some farmers feel that if they are not getting at least €2/kg they are not getting a good price. Heavy weanlings of more than 400kg are selling for €1.80-2.30/kg while lighter bulls are at €2-2.50. Some top quality lots are commanding from this up to €3/kg.

The heavy steers made €1.80-2.06/kg at Kilkenny Mart. Continental stores over 400kg made from €1.90-2.58/kg. Friesians made up to €1.79/kg.

At Baltinglass Mart, the heifers generally sold from €1.80-2.21/kg, while the steers moved at €2-2.40/kg.

Dowra Mart had increased numbers of cattle on offer last Saturday with a strong trade for all classes. The best of the forward store bullocks and heifers over 500kg made €400-800 with the weight.

The 550 cattle on offer at Carnew Mart met with a strong trade for all classes. Beef and forward stores made €450-810 over their weight. The weanling bulls were selling for €350-900 with the weight. Beef heifers also made as high as €900 over.

Ballinakill had more than 400 cattle on offer for probably their dearest sale to date. Heavy steers made €1.92-2.25/kg. Suckler cow prices varied from €900-1,350. Culls sold for €1.10-1.82/kg.

Whether for breeding, feeding or exporting, the heifers at Ballymote Mart met with keen interest. Prices ranged from €280-665 over the weight. Steers made €300-615 over.

Up in Raphoe, the best of the heavy bulls sold to a top price of €1,145 over their weight with the rest selling back to €435 over.

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Heifers were up by €20-40/hd at Balla Mart, with very strong buying also for cull cows and store bullocks. Average prices of cattle on the day was up an incredible €230/hd on the same day last year. In-calf cows and cows with a calf at foot ranged from €1,200-1,920.

In the south-east, Enniscorthy Mart reported bigger numbers than recently and a strong trade. Beef bullocks made €460-780 over the weight. Stores sold for €300-720 over.

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