Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Weanling heifer prices take a big hit of 5-22c/kg over the past week

Joe Healy

Newton's Third Law stated that "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". The weanling heifer trade over the past week has been the very opposite to what had been happening for the past few weeks when prices had continued to go from strength to strength.

Ringside shows us they took a big hit of between 5-22c/kg since this day last week, with the lighter lots selling for €2.80-3.35/kg while the heavier lots made from €2.50-3.00/kg.

Poorer heifers were selling for €2.20-2.40/kg. This represented a fall of 14-17c/kg for the heifers up to 400kg and a gain of 11c/kg for the heavier types.

Most of the continental weanling bulls moved in a range of €2.50-3.00/kg but the more dairy bred types ranged from €1.90/kg to €2.05/kg. The older heifers under 500kg were back by between 1-7kg and making €2.30-2.80/kg.

Heavier types made €2.30-2.60/kg. Lesser quality types ranged from €2.00/kg to €2.15/kg. The lighter steers were down 3-7c/kg at €2.25-3.00/kg. Lots over 500kg were steady enough and selling for €2.15-2.55/kg. Plainer lots sold for €1.80-1.95/kg.

Balla reported that the heifers were improved by €20-30/hd in a strong trade overall despite a slightly more sluggish go on the plainer types.

Store bullocks were making from €650 to €830 with the weight or from €1.88-3.38/kg. Heavier lots moved at €1.45-2.94/kg. Light heifers under 400kg varied from €2.06-3.43/kg. Heavy heifers made from €1.79-2.98/kg.

Light bulls averaged €1.90-3.96/kg. Heavier lots made from €2.03/kg to €3.07/kg. Quality heifer weanlings were in good demand from farmers for breeding and making from €2.43-3.57/kg. Light heifer weanlings averaged from €2.38-3.23/kg.

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There were 750 cattle and 100 calves on offer in Carnew and a special sale of 100 suckler cows with exceptional demand driving prices up to a top of €2,400.

Beef and forward store bullocks were making from €750-1,270 over their weight. Lighter stores made from €550-900 over. Friesian steers sold for €300-750 with the €/kg.

Weanling bulls ranged from €450-800 over their weight. Beef heifers were selling for €600-1,100 with the weight. Stores moved at €450-850 over.

In the calf ring, the Friesian bulls were selling for €60 to €245, continental bulls for €250-650, continental heifers for €150-550, Hereford and Angus bulls for €220-415 and heifers for €160-435.

Ballinakill had 400 cattle on offer with the small bullocks probably enjoying the best of the trade making from €1.90-3.00/kg. Heavier steers were selling for €1.90-2.70/kg. Fleshed heifers moved at €1.95-2.60/kg. The stores varied from €2.00-3.05/kg. Weanlings made €2.00-3.0p/kg. Cull cows sold for €1.60-1.90/kg.


Bullocks under 400kg in Ballymote were making €320-670 over the weight. Lots between 400-500kg made €410-700 over and heavier lots from €500-800 over.

Heifers generally made from €300-600 with the €1/kg. Sucklers were making €1,000-1,490/unit. Fit cull cows made from €500-825 with their weight. Feeders sold for €240-370 over.

A range from €300-700 over the weight accounted for most of the bull weanlings, while the heifers made €250-570 over.

Last week's Glanbia EGM was being blamed for the small turnout of 420hd at Kilkenny Mart. Plainer lots met with a tougher trade. Heavy steers were making €580-800 with the weight or €2.00-2.30/kg.

Lots between 400kgs and 600kg made €2.00-2.80/kg. Lighter types sold for €2.00-3.27/kg. Beef heifers moved at €1.80-2.45/kg. Stores sold for €2.00-2.60/kg. Continental cull cows ranged from €1.50/g to €2.26/kg. Friesian cull cows made €1.30-1.80/kg.

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