Good weather and grass growth brought cattle and customers to Raphoe Mart on Thursday (April 11th), according to Ann Harkin – Manager.
“An extra-large sale; quality cattle sold to top prices and were in great demand.”
“Plainer lots also sold well with Hereford-crosses and Angus-crosses making €2.00/kg; however, Friesian cattle remained the most difficult to sell.” The manager added.
- Bulls made from €2.00/kg to €3.00/kg;
- Bullocks fetched from €2.10/kg to €2.80/kg;
- Heifers ranged from €2.10/kg to €2.90/kg.
- Top class bulls over 600 kgs - €600 to €1020 over;
- Beef bullocks - €660 to €900 over;
- Store bullocks - €400 to €865 over;
- Beef heifers - €600 to €865 over;
- Store heifers - €350 to €635 over;
- Dry cows - €600 to €1710 each.
Factory agents were keen to purchase suitable lots at the mart’s sheep sale on Monday (April 8th), the manager added.
“A bigger entry of sheep; trade was improved onlast week."
“Ewes and lambs sold well withfarmers bidding well and weather outside looking good,” Ann added.
- Store lambs went under the hammer from €35 to €68 over;
- Factory lambs sold from €60 to €82 over;
- Butcher lambs varied from €65 to €89 over.
- Fat ewes pushed from €70 to €148 each;
- Ewes with one lamb made from €130 to €192;
- Ewes with twin lambs sold from €170 to €320.