Trade levels off but still strong for dairy stock and suck calves
The mart trade has probably levelled off somewhat but that still leaves trade very strong with dairy stock, suck calves and suckler cows, either due to calve or with a calf at foot, all in keen demand.
Young calved dairy cows and those close to calving were making from €1,300-2,000. Friesian bull calves are making from €150-400 depending on age, strength and quality. Continental bull calves are ranging from €300-600 with the heifers making from €250-550. Nicely made Hereford and Angus bull calves are selling from €300-500 while the heifers are commanding prices of €250-450. Suckler cows are in the main making from €1,400-1,900. Beef cattle are selling for €2.00-2.50 while stores are making €2-2.70 in general.
Balla Mart had a U and R-grade weanling sale with over 1,150 cattle on offer. The best of the lighter weanling bulls made up to €3.75/kg. Bullocks were a good trade and heavy stock averaged from €1.90-2.26/kg while lighter types made from €2.45-3.17/kg. Trade for heifers was strong also with some quality heavy heifers making from €2.31-3.04/kg while forward stores made from €2.63-3.16/kg.
Ballinakill Mart had 310 for sale. Prices in general were unchanged from the previous week. Strong heifers sold at slightly better prices. Small store bullocks improved by €10-20/hd and sold for €1.95-2.70/kg. Forward stores moved at €1.90-2.65/kg with the heavy lots making €2-2.50/kg. The beef heifer sold for €2-2.45/kg while the store made €1.80-2.30/kg. Weanling bulls ranged from €2.45-2.85/kg with the heifers making from €1.90-2.60/kg.
At the annual fatstock show and sale last Saturday, Carnew Mart had 1,050hd of stock for sale. Beef and forward stores made from €650 with the weight with a top price of €1,660 over. Stores made €420-840 with the €1/kg. Weanling bulls made €450-1,070 over.
On the dairy side, freshly calved cows sold for €1,320-1,850 while springing cows made €1,350-2,020 each.
The 275 calves at Enniscorthy Mart met with a great trade. Friesian bulls sold for €145-340. Continental bulls were selling for €420-575 and the heifers for €300-520. Hereford and Angus bull calves ranged from €310-500, while the heifers sold from €250-445.
Up in Raphoe the best of the heavy bulls over 600kg made €1,000-1,330 over. Beef bullocks sold for €715-980 with their weight. Stores made €545-880 with the €/kg. Beef heifers sold for €600-930 with the weight, stores made €400-740 over and cull cows sold for €670-1,875.