Trade still red hot as farmers and factories go head to head
The store trade for both steers and heifers continues to be very strong at marts around the country with no let-up in farmer demand.
Good-type forward stores made €1.80-2.27/kg, while plainer and lighter lots sold for €1.50-2.00/kg. Continental store heifers made €1.45-2.00/kg.
Factory buyers were very active for finished cattle and willing to pay well in excess of €2/kg for the better types as the O-grading stock sold back towards €1.70/kg.
The calf trade remains buoyant. Strong Friesian bull calves are making over €200/hd. Lighter lots are selling from €100 up.
Good dairy stock were also commanding strong scores with a top price of €2,000 paid for a freshly calved Friesian heifer at Ennis Mart. The general run for the heifers at the Clare premises was €1,200-1,500, with cows making €1,000-1,400 depending on age and quality. Friesian bull calves for the Spanish market sold for €100-130 while stronger types made €140-170.
Kilkenny Mart reported a slightly tougher trade than normal for the plainer cattle, especially the steers. Heifer numbers were up and trade was extremely brisk for all females. There were 1,230 head of stock for sale in total.
Outlying store bullocks and heifers were the best sellers at Ballinakill Mart. Those types of bullocks sold for €1.85-2.27/kg. Lighter lots made €1.55-2.05/kg. Heavy steers achieved €1.78-2.20/kg, while the finished heifer made €1.70-2.07/kg. Store heifers sold for €1.45-1.85/kg.