Top quality weanling bulls make Â¤3/kg as strong trade maintained
Prices edge upwards as numbers increase at sales
Numbers are increasing at the marts with some salesyards reporting that prices for some categories have moved upwards, while the strong steady trade for the rest was maintained.
The top quality weanling bulls for export made up to €3/kg. The general run of good quality bulls ranged from €1.90-2.30/kg or €400-600 over the weight. Plainer types sold for €300-400 over. Heifers were just slightly behind those levels. Beef bullocks and heifers made €1.80-2.20. Continental stores made €2-2.50/kg. Heavy cows remain much in demand, with prices of €1.50-1.70/kg commonplace for good continental lots. Well-fleshed Friesian culls made up to and above €1.50/kg, while store types sold for €0.80-1.20/kg.
Kilkenny Mart had a special weanling sale, which saw prices go as high as €2.90/kg as beef bullocks topped out at €2.17/kg. The general run of heavy continental steers made €1.90-2.10/kg, while Herefords and Angus lots sold for €1.70-1.92/kg.
Continentals from 400-600kg sold for €2-2.40/kg. Friesians made €1.60-1.89/kg. Lighter stores sold for €2-2.30/kg. Beef heifers traded for €2.05-2.17/kg or €400-650 over the weight. Butcher types moved at €1.70-2/kg. Store prices ranged from €1.80-2.28/kg. Weanling heifers made €1.60-2.70/kg, while the bulls sold for €1.85-2.86/kg.
There were slightly smaller numbers at Ballinakill Mart compared to recent weeks. Light store bullocks made as high as €700 with the weight, while some of the heavy ones sold for as high as €1,000 with their weight and generally sold for €1.85-2.10/kg. Forward stores made €1.80-2.22/kg and lighter lots sold for €1.90-2.37/kg. Beef heifers made €1.82-2.20/kg, while store heifers sold for €1.78-2.05/kg. Weanling bull prices ran from €1.95-2.30, while the heifers moved at €1.75-2.10.
Factory agents were keen for heavy, well-fleshed cows and ensured a lively trade at Carrigallen Mart, as Charolais cows made up to €1,980 and Limousins sold for €1,140-1,350. Good Friesian cull cows made up to €860, while storish Friesians sold back to €445.
Dowra Mart had 380 cattle on offer on Saturday last with a slightly easier tone to the trade, except for the top quality forward steers and heifers, which made €500-800 over the weight. A few exceptional lots made up to €950 over.