Farm Ireland

Thursday 26 April 2018

Trade on the up again as demand for good quality cattle surges on

Improved trade across the board at all markets

Trade at the cattle marts was very strong during the week with many sales reporting an improvement in prices.

Quality stores, suckler cows and well-fleshed cows, heifers and steers were in keen demand with good suckler cows accompanied by a quality calf often making up to, and over, the €2,000 mark.

Good continental weanling and light store bullocks were making from €2.50-3.30/kg. Beef bullocks were generally making €2.20-2.60/kg

Prices were improved at the sale in Ballymote with quality forward stores selling exceptionally well and in some cases making up to €825 with the weight.

Lighter lots sold for €525-775 over. Heifers under 400kg were making €400-685 with their weight while heavier types made €450-750 over. Prices for suckler cows with a calf at foot ran €1,310-1,550.


The best of the cull cows hit a high of €1,235 with their weight with plainer lots selling for as little as €300 over. The weanling bulls ranged from €400 to €600 with their weight while the heifers made €500-685 over.

Top quality heavy bulls were making €825-1,175 over the weight up in Raphoe.

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Beef bullocks ranged from €760 to €1,200 over. Stores sold for €600-1,000 with the €/kg.

Heavy heifers made €535-1,060 with their weight while the stores sold for €400-760 over. Cull cow prices ranged from €700-1,800 each.

Sharper trade met 550 head of cattle at Kilkenny Mart with cull cow prices up by €15-30/hd. Continental steers over 500kg were generally selling for €2.30-2.58/kg.

Lighter continentals were making €2.60-3.30/kg. Friesians made up to €2.09/kg with Angus steers selling for €2.20-2.60/kg.

In the heifer section, the well fleshed lots were making €2.30-2.49/kg. Butcher types made from €2.19-2.55/kg. Stores sold for €2.37-2.64/kg in the main.

Suckler cows with a calf at foot made €1,200-1,820. Continental cull cows sold for €1.70 to €2.27/kg while Friesian cows ranged from €1.20-2.05/kg.

Down in Enniscorthy, the freshly calved second and third lactation Friesian cows made €1,050-1,350.

Sucklers with a calf at foot sold for €1,300-2,060/unit.

In the calf section, the Continental bulls were making €375-525.


Heifers made €250-500. Friesian bulls sold for €155-400. Hereford and Angus bulls were selling for €220-415 with the heifers moving for €200-405.

A bigger entry of 850 cattle at Carnew Mart met with an improved trade across the board. Beef and forward store bullocks were making €780-1,220 over their weight.

Lighter stores made €550-960 with the €/kg. Weanling bulls generally sold for €480-1,000 over with top quality types making up to €1,120 over. Store heifers ranged from €430 to €860 with the weight.

The heaviest of the cull cows made up to €1,000 over their weight while feeders sold back to €350 with the €/kg.

Ballinakill mart had a very lively trade all round for increased numbers of stock. Heavy bullocks were selling for €2.15-2.68/kg.

Forward stores moved at €2.10-2.85/kg with lighter stores making €2.00-3.35/kg. Beef heifer prices ran from €2.10-2.75/kg. Stores made €2.00-2.40/kg.

Weanling bulls sold for €2.20-3.25/kg while the heifers made €1.95-2.60/kg. Cull cows traded for €1.40-2.05/kg.

Numbers were smaller at Dowra Mart last Saturday. Trade was steady and in some cases up from the previous week.

Heifer weanlings met a very strong trade and made €2.50-3.60/kg.

Heifers over 400kg sold from €2.20 to €2.90/kg.

Weanling bulls under 400kg ranged from €2.50 to €3.20/kg while the heavier lots moved at €2.40-2.80/kg.

Heavy steers made €2.00-2.65/kg with lighter lots made €2.20-2.90/kg.

The best of the young, fit cull cows were making €1.90-2.35/kg. Older cows sold for €1.30-1.85/kg.

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