Trade solid as finished stock sells
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.