Weanling bull prices top positive week as cattle trade stays strong
Ringside and individual mart reports reflect a positive week for the cattle trade.
Steers over 500kg were up by 4-8c/kg and making from €2.10-2.60/kg. Lighter lots were maybe back ever so slightly and moving at €2.30-3.00/kg. Plainer types ranged from €1.80-1.95/kg.
The very light and very heavy heifers probably took the biggest hit with the best of the lots over 600kg back by 13c/kg. Prices for these types ran from €2.30-2.60/kg. Lots under 400kg made from €2.40-2.90/kg reflecting a 4-5c/kg fall. Heifers of 400-600kg were up slightly by 1-2c/kg at €2.35-2.70/kg. Lesser quality heifers were back by 1-4c/kg and moving at €2.05-2.15/kg.
The weanling bulls under 400kg enjoyed a very good week with the tops making from €3.00-3.35/kg while the general run were selling for €2.40-3.00/kg. Heavier lots sold in a range from €2.35-2.90/kg. Poorer types were selling for €1.95-2.10/kg. The majority of the weanling heifers moved at €2.50-3.00/kg with top lots making up to €3.20/kg. Lesser quality lots varied from €2.17-2.36/kg.
Ballinakill had 350 cattle on offer and reported plenty of customers and a dearer sale all round with the bullocks improved by about €30-50 on the previous week. The heifers and cows were a steady trade. Beef heifers were selling for €2.20-2.70/kg and the stores for €2.00-3.10/kg. Weanling heifers were making from €2.10-3.05/kg. The heavier steers were making from €2.00-2.85/kg. Light continental type stores sold for €2.15-3.10/kg. Weanling bulls moved at €2.20-3.15/kg. Cull cows ranged from €1.70-2.20/kg,
There were 650 cattle and 100 calves presented for sale in Carnew. Trade was described as strong with beef animals improved slightly. Heavy bullocks sold for €750-1,100 with the weight. Stores made from €550-930 over. Friesian steers were making from €300-750 with their weight. Weanling bulls varied from €450-800 with the €/kg. Fleshed heifers were selling for €600-1,100 over their weight and the stores for €450-850 over.
In the calf ring, the Friesian bulls were moving at €60-200/hd. Continental bull calved made from €250-440, heifers from €150-400, Hereford and Angus bulls from €220-415 and the heifers from €160-435.
In Maam Cross, the cull cows ranged from €1.42-2.17. Suckler cows with a calf at foot were making from €1,110-1,210/unit. Heifers were selling for €2.60-3.62/kg. Steers made from 2.18-3.55/kg. Weanling's made from €2.55-3.78/kg.