A seasonal decline in numbers resulted in the closure of ring three on Saturday at Balla. Ring one and ring two were in operation, with a buoyant trade reported.
Strict health and safety measures continue to be at the fore( yard staff only with the exception of a 15-minute pre-sale viewing period), with a new viewing area/passage constructed to accommodate for cull cow entries as they moved to ring one - attendees could utilise this facility for the first time on Saturday.
300kg-400kg averaged €2.63/kg - 355kg SIX - born May-2017 sold at €1,205.00 or €3.39 p/kg, while bullocks 400kg-500kg averaged €2.47/kg - a 490kg CHX born in October-2016 topped out at €1,330.00 or €2.71/kg.
Heavier bullocks 500kg plus averaged €2.45 p/kg -a 505kg CHX bullock realised €1,440.00 or €935 over the kg.
- 260KG LMX E895 @ 3.44 P/KG
- 355KG SIX E1205 @ 3.39 P/KG
- 490KG CHX E1330 @ 2.71 P/KG
- 505KG CHX E1440 @ 2.85 P/KG
- 640KG LMX E1485 @ 2.32 P/KG
Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.44p/kg - a BBX heifer born December-2016 - 395kg pushed up to €1,085.00 or €2.75p/kg, while heifers 400kg-500kg averaged €2.51 p/kg with the weight - a 475kg - LMX - born November-2016 climbed to €1,380.00 or €2.91 p/kg.
Heifers 500kg plus averaged €2.40p/kg - a 655kg - LMX heifer was knocked down at €1,510.00 or €855 with the weight, while another 550kg - CHX - made €1,470 or €920 over the kg.
- 290KG LMX E1080 @ 3.72 P/KG
- 395KG BBX E1085 @ 2.75 P/KG
- 475KG LMX E1380 @ 2.91 P/KG
- 550KG LMX E1470 @ 2.67 P/KG
- 655KG LMX E1510 @ 2.31 P/KG
Cull Cows & Suckler Pairings
Just over sixty cull cows on offer this week, with an additional number of springers and suckler pairings.
In the suckler ring, quality of teams was variable in comparison to previous weeks - the sale topper at €2,300 came in the form of an October-2014 born LM cow with her LM bull calf at foot.
In the dry cows, another vibrant trade, with a top call of €1,865 recorded for an 880kg - CH cow born in April-2012.
There was a small sale of weanlings, according to a mart spokesperson.
In general, bulls ranged from €2.39 to €2.54 p/kg - a 360kg - CHX led at €1,105.00 or €3.07p/kg.
- 285KG CHX E945 @ 3.32 P/KG
- 360KG CHX E1105 @ 3.07 P/KG
- 435KG LMX E1250 @ 2.87 P/KG