Weanling bulls and stores escape the worst of the general ease off in prices
The figures from ringside point to an easing of prices for the heavy steers and heavy weanling bulls as well as all the heifers. In contrast, forward store bullocks and the 300-400kg bulls improved somewhat.
In the main, the heavy continental steers were making €2.00-2.65/kg, with the best of the bulls hitting up to €3/kg. The majority were selling between €2.10/kg and €2.70/kg.
Kilkenny had a big sale of more than 1,000 cattle which was twice as big as the corresponding sale of 2012. Heifers met an excellent trade with a complete clearance. Beef and forward stores also sold very well. A special weanling sale saw bulls peak at €2.70/kg, with heifers hitting a high of €3.00/kg.
In general, the bulls ranged from €1.70/kg to €2.70/kg. Prices for heifer weanlings ran from €1.65/kg to €3.00/kg. Steers more than 500kg made €2.00-2.69/kg. The 400-500kg lots were selling from €1.85/kg to €2.78/kg, with the lighter types making €1.60-2.75/kg.
Heifers fit for slaughter made €1.70-2.47/kg. The stores sold for €2.00-2.60/kg. Suckler cows with a calf at foot were selling between €1,500 and €2,020. Continental cull cows ranged from €1.45/kg to €2.16/kg. Friesian culls made €1.10-1.80/kg.
Ballinakill had 400 cattle for sale. The beefy or plain cattle were steady. The store and fancy cattle were a very lively trade. Cull cows and all types of heifers were dearer by about €25/hd on the previous week. Heavy bullocks were selling at €2.10-2.52/kg. Forward stores sold for €1.90-2.60/kg. Light stores were making €1.85-2.70/kg.
The beef heifers ranged from €2.00/kg to €2.50/kg, with the stores moving at €1.75-2.30/kg. Weanling bulls varied from €1.80/kg to €2.40/kg. Heifer weanlings made €1.75-2.15/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.00-1.85/kg
Carnew had a large entry of 1,070 and reported a very strong selling trade with keen export demand for weanling bulls, which hit a high of €3.30/kg. Generally they sold for €400-1,050 over the €1/kg, while the weanling heifers made €350-700 over. Beef and forward bullocks were selling from €650 to €1,105 with their weight. Lighter stores moved at €210-950 over. Fleshed heifers were selling for €600-1,070 with the weight. Stores ranged from €280 to €800 over. Feeders sold back to €250 over.