Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Trade solid as finished stock sells

Joe Healy

The cattle trade at the marts remained solid over the past week with finished stock continuing to sell well. Good prime stock made €2.25-2.70/kg, with dairy-bred lots making from €1.90-2.20/kg. Good quality cull cows freely exceeded the €2.00/kg.

Store cattle and weanlings, depending on type, sold for €2.00-3.00/kg. Lighter plainer lots were not in great demand, with a lot of them selling for €1.70-2.00/kg. Some very plain types sold for a lot less. Prices of suckler cows with calves at foot sold for €1,00-1,500/hd.

A bigger sale of 480 head at Ballinakill Mart saw forward bullocks meet a very strong trade. Fancy small bullocks also sold well but plainer sorts were still hard to move. Suckler cows in calf made €950-1,160/hd. Heavy bullocks sold for €2.20-2.70/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.85-2.60/kg. Cull cows made €1.40-2.10/kg.

The trade for Friesian bullocks in Kilkenny was somewhat better, with prices increased by €10-20 on the previous sale. Cull cows also sold very well, even allowing for the large numbers on offer, with a top call of €2.57/kg proof of the strong demand. Forward stores made €2.10-2.71/kg, with the lighter lots under 500kg making €1.80-2.90/kg. Stores sold for €1.80-2.68/kg, reflecting prices of €250-650 over the weight. Continental cull cows sold for €1.60-2.57/kg. Friesian culls sold for €1.20-2.23/kg.

Enniscorthy Mart reported a steady trade overall as heavy cull cows met with keen demand. Stores sold for €450-960 and weanling bulls made €450-850 with the €/kg. Factory and butcher heifers sold for €650-1,000 with the weight. Store heifers sold for €200-850 over the €/kg while weanlings made €240-600 over. Prices for cull cows ran from €550-1,540 or €50-885 with the weight.

The 280 suck calves met with a steady trade, with Continental bull calves selling for €240-475 and heifers for €200-415. Good Friesian bull calves made €160-250 but lighter plainer types made as little as €65/hd. Hereford and Angus bulls and heifers sold for €100-310.

Cattle numbers were smaller at Dowra Mart on Saturday last. Trade was improved, especially for the forward cattle. Heavy heifers over 550kg made €2.45-2.75/kg, while stores over 400kg sold for €2.00-2.85/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €1.80-€2.90/kg. Forward store bullocks made €2.10-2.70/kg while lighter stores sold for €2.00-2.80/kg.

Ballymote reported a strong trade for weanling bulls, with exporters very active. Heavy weanling bulls sold for up to €350 with the €/kg. Lighter lots sold for €250-530 over the €/kg. Weanling heifers made €220-560 with their weight. Light steers under 300kg traded at €200-430 over the weight. Cull cows for feeding made from €50 under up to €250 over the weight. Cows fit to kill sold for €350-825 with the €/kg.

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Balla Mart had 890hd of cattle on offer. Trade was firm, with prices for heifers up on the previous week, especially the heavier lots. Prices for plainer types also improved, increasing by approximately €30/hd. Heavy bullocks sold for €1.86-2.60/kg. A top price of €1,830 was paid in the suckler cow with calf category, while the best of the cull cows sold for €2,015.

Bull weanlings suitable for the export market made over €2.80/kg. Light bulls sold for €500-600 with their weight and heavy bulls over 350kg made €1.88-3.06/kg. Light heifer weanlings made €1.69-2.85/kg, with heavier types moving at €1.28-2.72/kg.

Suckler cows at Maam Cross made from €1,120-1,500/hd. Cull cows sold for €880-1,360/hd. Top class bulls over 600 kg sold for €780-1,150 over the weight up in Raphoe. Store bullocks sold for €395-795 over.

Irish Independent