Prices for all types of cattle weaken

Marts: Prices for plain bullocks fell by up to €60/head at the marts as demand slumped for the poorer quality animals at yesterday’s sales, where prices for all types of cattle weakened.

The number of cattle on offer were lower at all of the sales, with farmers taking time off to attend the final day of the National Ploughing Championships and the bad weather affecting supplies at the marts.

Prices at Kilkenny Mart fell sharply with up to €60/head knocked off trading for the plain bullocks as demand for poor quality animals slumped and many plain Holstein blood bullocks were a hard sell.

There was an entry of 650 head (1,250 last week) with trade for all types of stock quieter. Quality bullocks fell €20-€30/head, but plain cattle suffered the heaviest fall. Bullocks over 500kg ranged €60-€270 over. A lot of five Charolais weighing 507kg sold for €760, four Herefords scaling 583kg making €650, and seven quality Friesians weighing 588kg made €690. Lighter bullocks (under 400kg) made up to €225 over €/kg with some of the continentals selling back to €40 over. Two Charolais scaling 345kg made €545, two Limousin weighing 311kg sold for €350, and a lot of six Friesians at 385kg fetched €395.

Prices for quality heifers were maintained at yesterday’s sales but prices for plain heifers were down €30/head. Beef heifers made €100-€230 over and stores made €50-€200 over.

The entry at Bandon Mart was also back yesterday. Bullock prices were steady at last week’s prices, heavy bullocks making up to €260 over, lighter animals ranging €150-€220 over and Friesians making up to €90 over. Best continental heifers made up to €170 over and Hereford and Angus heifers ranged €60-€100 over.

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