‘Spring fever’ prices at the marts

MARTS: There is a “flying trade” for all types of cattle in the marts this week, where prices are showing an increase of up to €50/head and demand is outstripping supply.

The weather is spring-like and cattle prices have hit “spring fever” level with the hottest demand at yesterday’s sales for the punched out bullocks, forward single punched and weanling heifers.

At the top of the day’s trading, some of the punched out heavy bullocks made up to €350 over e/kg, choice forward single punched bullocks edged close to €500 over, butchers heifers making up top €300 over and an exceptional price of €300 over e/kg was paid for a Belgian Blue weanling heifer.

There was an all-round improved trade at Fermoy, where the quality single punched bullocks sold for up to €400 over, with a lot of six Simmentals weighing 470 kgs selling for €870 and a lot of five single punched Simmentals scaling 490 kgs making €885. Medium weights with a premia made up to €380 over and light bullocks with clean ears sold for up to €410 over. Butchers heifers sold from €180 over to €300 over. At Kanturk Mart, heavy punched out bullocks made up to €220 over and forward single punched sold for up to €370 over. Up to €200 over was paid for heifers.

There was an active shipping trade for weanling heifers at Ennis where prices ranged €150-€200 over with an exceptional €300 over for a BB heifer.

Athenry was one of the dearest venues, with punched out bullocks making €350 over. Three double punched Simmentals weighing 485 kgs sold for €835. And €1,000 was paid for a 520 kg single punched Charolais. Heifer prices also hit a high when €785 was paid for a 450 kg Charolais. Heifer prices ranged €125 over to €335 over.

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