Weanling bull prices down 5-15c/kg
While demand at the marts was lively during the past week, it was most certainly constrained to a certain price bracket. Apart from heifers, most of the other categories endured a tough week, with steers, weanling bulls and weanling heifers all showing a drop in prices when compared to the previous week.
Prices for continental steers and weanling heifers fell by 2-7c/kg, while bull prices dropped by 5-15c/kg.
The majority of coloured steers sold for €2.00-2.60/kg with the heifers making €2.20-2.65/kg. Light continental bulls under 300kg sold for €2.00-3.00/kg with top lots making 310-320c/kg. Heavier types sold for €2.00-2.70/kg. Heifer weanlings up to 400kg sold for 220-300c/kg while heavier lots sold for 210-250c/kg.
Kilkenny Mart had 1,400hd of cattle for sale. Quality heifers sold well but light store heifers and some plain Friesian steers were a tad more difficult to move. Heavy continental steers and the best of the Friesian steers sold for€2.00-2.50/kg or €650-900 over the weight.
The 500-600kg steers sold for €1.85-2.55/kg with the lighter lots making from €1.50-2.96/kg. Factory heifers ranged from €2.00-2.75/kg. Butcher heifers sold for €2.00-2.35/kg. The stores sold for €1.80-2.95/kg or €300-520 with the €/kg. Continental cull cows ranged from €1.50-2.15/kg while the Friesians sold for €1.20-1.75/kg.
There were 560 cattle on offer in Ballinakill and enjoyed a lively trade. Quality bullocks and heifers met a flying trade due to a large attendance of buyers. The small plainer cattle were slightly easier. Heavy bullocks of 700-900kg sold for €2.10-2.50/kg.
Forward store continental steers sold for €2.00-2.60/kg. Light stores moved at €1.90-2.50/kg. Beef heifers sold for €1.90-2.45/kg. The stores sold from €1.65-2.40/kg. Weanling bulls sold for €1.90-2.45/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €1.60-2.30/kg.
Dowra had 870 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was very brisk for all classes. Heifers over 550kg sold for €2.00-2.55/kg with the lighter stores making €1.80-2.80/kg.Weanling heifers over 350kg sold for €1.70-2.80/kg.