Brisk spring trade in marts

Marts: There was a brisk spring-like trade for stock, which sent prices moving upwards by up to €25/head for choice lots in strong demand for all types at yesterday’s sales.

Numbers of animals on offer was also increased on last week at most sales — another indication that spring has arrived — with strong farmer demand for all stock.

The entry of stock at Bandon Mart was similar to last week, but prices were improved by up to €20/head — perhaps up to €25/head for choice lots of store bullocks — in very brisk trading.

The heavy bullocks sold for up to €350 over €/kg, ranging back to €210 over. Lighter lots of stores made €190 over to €210 over and Friesians made €100 over to €210 over.

Three Charolais 718kg made €1,065, four Friesians 630kg made €810, two Angus 522kg sold for €820, and four Herefords 338kg sold for €515.

Best of the heavy heifers sold for up to €220 over — continental heifers selling for up to €250 — while Hereford and Angus made €100 over to €195 over.

There was bigger sale of 800 head at Kilkenny Mart. Heavy bullocks showed gains of up to €20/head — quality lots making bigger gains — at up to €460 over being paid for the tops. Forward bullocks made €220 over to €440 over, lighter lots making €220 over to €400 over.

A Belgian Blue 602kg sold for €1,035, a Charolais 660kg made €1,090, a Limousin 730kg made €1,190, and a Simmental 754kg fetched €1,180.

Beef heifers sold at €200 over to €320 over, and stores made €200 over to €315 over. A Limousin 652kg sold for €970, and a Charolais 546kg made €835.

There was a very lively trade for good entry of cattle at Blessington. Beef bullocks ranged €310 over to €480 over, the forward store bullocks making €275 over to €510 over and light stores ranging €290 over to €500 over.

Heavy heifers sold at €250 over to €400 over, stores making €195 over to €395 over.

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