Balla Mart was “nearly pushed to capacity” on Saturday (March 2nd), according to a mart spokesperson.
Over 1,200 were cattle offered for sale, making this one of the biggest sales ever held at the West of Ireland-based venue, the spokesperson added.
“There was a serious trade and a good clearance of cattle in the yard.”
“There were buyers from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland and they commented numbers of straight cattle and the prices cattle are making considering other factors.” The spokesperson added.
Bullocks 300kg to 400kg made up to €910 over the weight, averaging €2.66/kg, while stores bullocks 400kg to 500kg fetched up to €975 over, averaging €2.43/kg.
Heavier types – 500kgs plus - were the same as last week, averaging €2.20 p/kg with strong export custom.The sale-topper in this category came in the form of an 830kg CHX bullock; he was born in January-2017 and made €1,830 or €1,000 over the kg.
- 275KG - LM - €845 - €3.07/KG;
- 390KG - CHX - €1300 - €3.33/KG;
- 445KG - CHX - €1420 - €3.19/KG;
- 595KG - CHX - €1560 - €2.62/KG;
- 690KG - CHX - €1640 - €2.38/KG;
- 750KG - CHX - €1780 - €2.40/KG.
Over 500 heifers went passed through ring two, with a better trade than the previous week, the spokesperson added.
Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.42 /kg, while those 400kg to 500kg averaged 2.35 p/kg.
Heifers - 500kg plus - averaged €2.21p/kg – a 575kg LMX sold for breeding made €1,600 or €2.78/kg or €1,025 over the kg.
- 265KG - CHX - €835 - €3.15/KG;
- 395KG - BBX - €1460 - 3.70/KG;
- 415KG – LMX - €1400 - 3.37/KG.
Cull cows and Suckler Pairings
A May-2013-born cull cow sold for €1,520 while a second-calved Limousin with her heifer calf at foot realised €1,850.
The mart’s special weanling sale attracted 300 bulls, with some keen competition among purchasers, the spokesperson noted.
- 340KG - BBX - €1000 - €2.94/KG;
- 385KG - CHX - €1290 - €3.35/KG;
- 470KG - BBX - €1500 - €3.19/KG.