Cattle marts: Weather plays havoc on numbers sold in marts

Challenging travel conditions and harsh weather resulted in a number of marts seeing reduced numbers brought forward for sale last week.

In terms of trade, prices reported were more or less similar to the previous week although some marts reported setbacks – as heavy cattle continued to take a hit due to factory cuts.

Some marts were reporting a slight ease back also in the levels of northern customers bidding online.

The bulk of heavy cattle were selling from €2.15/kg back to €2.05/kg.

Looking at the cull cows first – marts located in the heartlands of suckler country were still seeing some prices in excess of €2.00/kg. However, the general run of prices for heavy continental cows were from €1.90/kg back to €1.65/kg.

Beef cows which required an extra bit of feeding were reported to be trading at €1.40/kg up to €1.65/kg.

Moving onto the store bullocks and heifers, a bit more hunger from farmers was noted by some mangers last week.

Continental store heifers (under 500kg) were fetching prices of €2.20-2.30/kg last week, while some quality continental lots were fit to reach up to €2.45/kg.

Traditional store bullocks were recorded to be selling at averages of €1.95-2.05/kg – while continental bullocks were trading from €2.20/kg up to tops of €2.51/kg as reported by Eilish Curley from Ballinasloe Mart.

Also Read: ‘Farmers were very keen for store cattle this week’ – Eilish Curley

This week AgriLand takes a look at the recent sale of cattle in Kilkenny Mart.

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Kilkenny Mart

There was a reduction of over 600 head in the week-on-week sale of cattle in Kilkenny Mart on Thursday – as there was only 300 head of cattle on offer in comparison to 900 head the week beforehand.

Predictions of poor travelling conditions left farmers second guessing plans of sending their cattle to the mart it seems.

Speaking about the trade, the mart’s auctioneer George Candler stated: “Prices for cattle were similar to the previous week, and in some cases ahead.”

Some forward store cattle showed an improvement in trade on Thursday.

Looking at prices, bullocks (over 600kg) sold from €1.85/kg up to €2.35/kg. Meanwhile, store bullocks in the 500-600 weight bracket were fetching from €2.45/kg back to €1.70/kg.

Lighter store bullocks, weighing 400-500kg, ranged from €1.80/kg up to highs of €2.45/kg.

Sample bullock prices (Over 600kg):

  • Charolais: 745kg – €1,490 or €2.00/kg;
  • Limousin: 655kg – €1,510 or €2.31/kg;
  • Charolais: 650kg – €1,470 or €2.26/kg;
  • Angus: 645kg €1,260 or €1.95/kg;
  • Piedmontese: 620kg – €1,360 or €2.19/kg.

Sample bullock prices (500-600kg):

  • Charolais: 595kg – €1,340 or €2.25/kg;
  • Charolais: 575kg – €1,320 or €2.30/kg;
  • Angus: 570kg – €1,100 or €1.93/kg;
  • Friesian: 565kg – €1,030 or €1.82/kg;
  • Limousin: 505kg – €1,240 or €2.46/kg.

Sample bullock prices (400-500kg):

  • Charolais: 490kg – €1,200 or €2.45/kg;
  • Simmental: 480kg – €1,050 or €2.19/kg;
  • Limousin: 465kg – €1,140 or €2.45/kg;
  • Angus: 455kg –  €930 or €2.04/kg;
  • Angus: 425kg – €890 or €2.09/kg.

Heavy beef heifer prices seemed to have held firm in Kilkenny last week, as they were selling from €2.05/kg up to €2.35/kg. Forward store heifers achieved prices up to €2.50/kg and back to €1.80/kg.

Meanwhile, lighter store heifers sold from €1.90/kg up to €2.30/kg.

Sample beef heifer prices:

  • Limousin: 630kg – €1,370 or €2.17/kg;
  • Charolais: 565kg – €1,280 or €2.27/kg;
  • Belgian Blue: 550kg – €1,290 or €2.35/kg;
  • Charolais: 545kg – €1,180 or €2.17/kg.

Sample forward store heifer prices:

  • Limousin: 515kg –  €1,190 or €2.31/kg;
  • Limousin: 510kg – €1,270 or €2.49/kg;
  • Hereford: 465kg –  €920 or €1.98/kg;
  • Limousin: 440kg – €990 or €2.25/kg;
  • Hereford: 420kg – €820 or €1.95/kg.

Sample store heifer prices:

  • Simmental: 380kg – €850 or €2.24/kg;
  • Stabiliser: 260kg – €520 or €2.00/kg;
  • Hereford: 220kg – €500 or €2.27/kg;
  • Hereford: 190kg – €400 or €2.11/kg.

Lastly, the cull cows on offer withnessed continentals selling from €1.30/kg up to €1.95/kg. Friesian-bred cows were peaked at €1.40kg and sold back to €1.15/kg.