There was a steady trade at Tullow on Friday (February 15th) with prices marginally improving, especially for the forward-type store cattle, according to Eric Driver – Manager.
Beef and forward bullocks sold from €650 to €950 with some exceptional lots up to €1000 with the kg for the heavier beef-type cattle, while ereford and Aberdeen Angus-types pushed from €1.80 to €2 with the FR selling from €1.70/kg.
Lighter stores clicked from €2.50/kg with up to €3/kg - prices that were paid for entries around 300kg.
Eric Driver noted that beef and forward store heifers were “a lively trade” with farmers and factory agents making their presence felt.
These went under the hammer from €600 to €950 with the kg with Aberdeen Angus and Hereford entries making from €1.85 to €2/kg; forward-type Continentals were selling for €2.10-€2.25/kg.
FR cull cows went under the hammer from €1 per kg up to €1.40 per kg for the feeding-type cows.
Fleshier FR-types sold from €300 and €320 with the kg, while continentals cow varied from €200 to €550 with the kg.
The calf trade buoyant with good shipping activity, the manager added. “Calves aged between 10-14 days are meeting a difficult trade as shippers are standing back a little bit as they cannot ship these until after 14 days”
They sold from €25 to €50 per head while the calves somewhat stronger over 14 days ranged from €60 to €90, with up to €150 recorded for FR calves up to six-weeks-old.
Hereford and Aberdeen Angus heifers sold from €160-€240, with bulls selling for up to €300; a number of exceptional Continental calves made in excess of €400.