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Thursday 26 April 2018

Strong and steady trade with high demand for beef cattle and cull cows

Joe Healy

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.

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Ballinakill had 350 head on offer and reported a smaller sale with a very good selling trade. Heavy bullocks traded for €2.15-2.75/kg.

Forward stores made €2.15-2.85 while light stores sold for €1.95-3.20/kg. In the heifer section the well-fleshed lots ranged from €2.00-2.50/kg. Stores made from €1.95-2.45.

Weanling bulls were selling for €2.00-3.10/kg with the heifers making €1.90-2.50/kg. Cull cows made €1.50-2.25/kg.

Light stores were making from €400-750 over their weight at Ballymote mart.

Heavier lots made up to €830 over. Light store heifers sold from €350-630 over the €/kg.

Heavy heifers made up to €760 over. Cull cows ranged from €435-760 over the weight. Weanling bulls were making from €400-600 over. The weanling heifers sold for €350-500 with their weight while heavier lots made up to €775 over.

Up in the north-west, the best of the heavy bulls over 600kg were selling for €725-1,220 over the weight at Raphoe mart.

Beef and store bullocks sold from €630-865 over. Store heifers moved at €400-810 with the €/kg while the beef types made from €565-880 over the weight. Cull cow prices ran from €670-1,600.

A good lively trade with plenty of demand for good cattle was reported from Baltinglass where the store bullock prices ranged from €1,030-1,180.

Heavy steer prices ran from €1,280-1,800. Cull cows topped out at €1,120.

At Balla mart the light quality stores were up by €10-20/hd.

The store heifers made from €2.17-2.90/kg while the heavier lots made up to €2.63/kg.

The heavy steers were selling for €1.97-3.09/kg. Stores made €1.64-2.88/kg. The strong bull weanlings ranged from €2.44-2.91/kg with the lighter types generally making up to and over €3/kg.

Tops for the cull cows was €2,120. The best of the sucklers with a calf at foot sold for €2,310.

The 850 cattle at Carnew mart met with a very strong trade with notable demand from exporters for quality weanlings.

This resulted in prices of up to €1,160 over the weight. Beef and forward store bullocks made from €770-1,200 with their weight.

Stores sold for €380-930 over. Beef heifers ranged from 600-1,130 over the €/kg. Store heifers made €350-910 over.

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