It was a steadier trade for store cattle at Tullamore Mart on Thursday (March 4). There were close to 130 lots of bullocks, 120 lots of heifers and over 55 lots of cows in the Offaly-based mart this week.

Starting with the bullocks, the heavier lots weighing over 700kg were not as plentiful this week – these sold from €1.92/kg up to €2.26/kg.

Steers weighing between 600kg and 700kg were seeing Hereford bullocks averaging €2.02/kg. Charolais bullocks in the same weight range achieved from €2.16/kg up to a top price of €2.52/kg.

Continental store bullocks, falling into the 500-600kg category, sold from €2.05/kg up to €2.57/kg, with the majority of these selling at €2.27-2.39/kg.

Looking at the lighter store bullocks (under 500kg), the continentals were fetching prices of €2.19/kg up to €2.61/kg. Hereford bullocks sold up to €2.35/kg, while Angus lots sold up to €2.10/kg.

Sample bullock prices:

  • Saler: 785kg – €1,780 or €2.26/kg;
  • Hereford: 655kg – €1,250 or €1.90/kg;
  • Charolais: 605kg – €1,470 or €2.42/kg;
  • Charolais: 535kg – €1,290 or €2.41/kg;
  • Limousin: 512kg – €1,200 or €2.34/kg;
  • Charolais: 500kg – €1,200 or €2.40/kg;
  • Angus: 490kg – €1,030 or €2.10/kg;
  • Limousin: 460kg – €1,100 or €2.39/kg;
  • Charolais: 455kg – €1,160 or €2.54/kg;
  • Hereford: 405kg – €890 or €2.19/kg.

Turning to the heifer trade, there was a keen demand for lighter store heifers weighing under 500kg, with continental lots selling from €2.71/kg back to €2.14/kg. Hereford heifers were selling at €1.97-2.13/kg.

Heavier stores recording a weight of 500-600kg were topped at €2.67/kg for a Charolais heifer that sold for €1,380 and weighed 515kg. These continental heifers generally sold at €2.20/kg up to €2.28/kg.

Heifers over 600kg were harder to come by this week but of the ones on offer, continentals sold from €1.95/kg up to €2.29/kg.

Sample heifer prices:

  • Angus: 615kg – €1,270 or €2.06/kg;
  • Limousin: 610kg – €1,330 or €2.18/kg;
  • Charolais: 565kg – €1,300 or €2.30/kg;
  • Limousin: 560kg – €1,350 or €2.41/kg;
  • Simmental: 550kg – €1,180 or €2.14/kg;
  • Limousin: 540kg – €1,200 or €2.22/kg;
  • Hereford: 515kg – €980 or €1.90/kg;
  • Shorthorn: 500kg – €1,010 or €2.02/kg;
  • Charolais: 495kg – €1,050 or €2.12/kg;
  • Limousin: 425kg – €1,090 or €2.56/kg.

Dry cows sold up €2.16/kg and back to €1.50/kg for the plainer types. The majority of these lots were sold at €1.65-1.83/kg.

Friesian-bred dry cows were few and far between. These females peaked at €1.52/kg and sold back to €1.07/kg.

Sample dry cow prices:

  • Limousin: 780kg – €1,360 or €1.74/kg;
  • Simmental: 760kg – €1,230 or €1.61/kg;
  • Charolais: 750kg – €1,270 or €1.69/kg;
  • Blonde d’Aquitaine: 740kg – €1,360 or €1.83/kg;
  • Saler: 700kg – €1,180 or €1.68/kg;
  • Angus: 685kg – €1,160 or €1.69/kg;
  • Charolais: 665kg – €1,100 or €1.65/kg;
  • Limousin: 650kg – €1,190 or €1.83/kg;
  • Friesian: 595kg – €850 or €1.42/kg.