Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Trade still strong as breeding heifers in demand

Joe Healy

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.

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Top-class bulls over 600kg up in Raphoe sold for €495-865 over the weight. Beef bullocks made €710-755 over the weight. Store bullocks sold from €465-705 over the €/kg. Beef heifers made €360-740 over, while the store heifers were selling for €250-600 over the weight. Well-fleshed heavy cull cows sold to a top price of €1,265. Cows for further feeding sold back to €395 each.

Kilkenny Mart reported a big sale, due mainly to a clearance sale of a 50-cow suckler herd. Those sold between €1,200-1,760, with one cow with twin calves making €2,000. Beef cattle maintained the recent strong trade but lighter stock were back by €10-20/hd. Continental steers over 600kg were making €2-2.17/kg. Forward stores made €1.90-2.19/kg. Friesians made €1.57-1.77/kg. Light continental stores made from €2-2.55/kg. Beef and butcher heifers sold for prices of €1.76-2.26/kg depending on breed and quality. The stores made from €1.89-2.39/kg. Cull Friesian cows made €1.05-1.43/kg, while the continental types made €1.40-1.83/kg.

In-calf suckler cows made from €850-1150/unit. Cows with a calf sold for €1,000-1,760/unit.

There were 380 cattle on offer at Dowra Mart and trade was very strong across the board. Dry cows made from €200-500 over for the best of the heavy cows, while older cows made from €50-200 over the weight. Young cows with calves at foot made from €1,200-1,700/unit while older cows with calves at foot sold from €850-1,150. Heifers made from €300-600 over the €/kg for the quality lots, while weanling heifers sold from €250-550 over. A few fancy lots were making up to €750 over. Bullocks made from €400-750 over the weight. Weanling bulls made from €300-650 over.

At Balla Mart, the weanling bulls were selling for €350-690 over their weight.

Dairy cows sold from €900-1,100 at Fermoy Mart.

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