Trade still strong as breeding heifers in demand
The mart trade for all cattle continues to be very strong with heifers suitable for breeding and young cows with a calf at foot in keen demand. Beef cattle were making from €1.70-2.30/kg.
Stores made upwards of €1.80/kg with the better quality lots selling up to €2.60/kg. Friesian store bullocks made €1.40-1.80/kg. Dairy cow numbers are drying up. Generally, €1,000 was the run for most of those on offer.
There were 480 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart last Saturday. Plain sorts tended to be a shade back on the previous week, although dry cows made up to €605 over the weight.
Continental Heifers made up to €580 over while the tops of continental bullocks sold up to €700 over the €/kg. Heavy bullocks were selling for €1.70-2.30/kg. Forward stores made €1.85-2.40/kg. Light stores sold at €1.60-2.30/kg.
In the heifer ring, the beef heifers were making €1.70-2.25/kg. Stores made €1.50-2.20/kg. Weanling bull prices ran from €1.80-2.40/kg, while the weanling heifers made from €1.40-2.00/kg. Suckler cows made €880-1,455/unit. Prices for the cull cows ranged from €1-1.90/kg for the good cows.
Trade held up well at this week's sale in Ballymote with strong interest for all categories. Light store bullocks were making from €200-480 over the weight. Lots over 400kg made €250-555 over the €/kg. Heavy steers over 500kg sold up to €565 over. Light heifers made from €200-515 over. Heavier lots over 500kg made up to €700 over their weight.
Suckler cows with a calf were making from €920-1,570. Dry cows sold from €140-690 over. Weanling bulls under 300kg made €180-415 over the weight. Lots weighing 300-400kg made €220-485 over, while heavier bulls sold up to €555 with the weight.
The weanling heifers up to 300kg were making €150-500 over, while the heavier lots made €250-425 over the €/kg.