Cattle marts reported a good trade and demand across the country this week. Marts in Tullamore, Mohill and Thurles provide details from their sales in recent days.
Tullamore Mart in Co. Offaly had a sale on Saturday, April 8, with 550 cattle on offer on the day; of which approximately 95% were sold.
For steers weighing between 300kg and 435kg, the average price was €2.76/kg or €1,104/head.
Steers in the 435kg to 500kg category made between €2.38/kg and €2.60/kg, while steers weighing between 500kg and 600kg made an average of €2.49/kg.
Heifers at Tullamore made an average of €2.35/kg for 300kg to 435kg animals, €2.20/kg for heifers between 435kg and 500kg, and €2.18/kg for heifers with weights ranging from 500kg to 600kg.
Mohill Mart in Co. Leitrim also recorded good trade with 370 animals on offer on Saturday, April 8; all but 4 were sold.
Steer numbers equalled 270, while the remaining 100 animals were comprised of heifers and cows.
Steers of a lighter weight of between 360kg and 420kg made an average of €2.92/kg, with a range of €2.70/kg to €3.00/kg.
Heavier steers (700kg to 800kg) made an average of €2.32/kg, ranging from €2.30/kg to €2.40/kg.
A snapshot of individual steers showed a 485kg animal making €1,280, a bullock of 615kg selling for €1,450 and a 545kg animal also going for €1,450.
Heifers of 500kg weight made between €2.35/kg to €2.45/kg. Factory-fit cows were sold for over €2/kg in general.Also Read: Factories hold firm on quotes, but deals being done at higher prices
Thurles Mart in Co. Tipperary, released impressive figures as well; a total of 1,318 animals were on offer at the sale on Monday, April 10.
A sum of 726 Bullocks were on sale this week, making an average of €797/head or €2.09/kg.
Heifers made an average price of €828.17/head or €2.22/kg. There were 289 heifers that went under the hammer at the sale this week.
There were 73 cull cows in the latest report, making an average of €909.38/head (€1.56/kg); some 230 calves were present, averaging €201.31/head.