Strong and steady trade with high demand for beef cattle and cull cows
Cattle marts were reporting a steady and strong trade for all categories over the past week with the odd premises suggesting a slight increase in prices, especially for the better quality stores.
Beef cattle and well-fleshed cull cows were in demand with some very fancy prices for heavy cows. Suckler cows remain in keen demand as do suck calves.
The 730 cattle on offer at Kilkenny mart met with increased demand across the board. Cull cows topped out at €2.34/kg while cows with a calf at foot hit a high of €2,130.
Good continental steers over 500kg were selling for €2.09-2.37/kg in the main.
Friesians sold up to €2.08/kg. Quality Continentals from 400-500kg made from €2.50-2.70/kg with lighter steers making up to €3.16/kg when 10 345kg bullocks sold for €1,090 each.
A pen of eight Friesians made €2.45/kg. Beef heifers were making from €2.30-2.67/kg with the butcher types moving at €2.30-2.74/kg. Store prices ran from €2.30-2.87/kg for the coloured types.
Friesian cull cows sold for €1.40-2.05/kg with the Continental lots making from €1.65-2.34/kg. At their calf sale earlier in the week, the Continental bulls ranged from €300-380 with the heifers making from 230-320.
Hereford and Angus bulls sold for €180-355 while the heifers varied from €150-300. Friesian bulls made from €150-310 each.