Over 380 entries were offered for sale at Tullow Mart on Friday (September 6th), according to Eric Driver – manager.
“Trade was positive for the beef-types with the weanling sale having its own identity with exporters present and farmer custom around the ring.”
“You could say that the trade opened up for this year as honest, nevertheless, not all out as dear as we would have seen this time 12 months ago but much water under the bridge,” he added.
Beef and forward-type cattle bullocks ranged from €600 with the kg up to a tops of €950; Driver reported “good demand” for forward-type store cattle with continentals selling from €2.10-€2.50/kg.
Friesians clicked from €1.60 upwards, while Hereford and Angus entries sold from €1.75-€2.00/kg - depending on flesh.
Driver said that beef-types in the heifer ring met with a “lively trade”, ranging from €650 up to €880 over.
Stores traded at €1.95-€2.45/kg, while Hereford and Angus-types followed from €1.80-€1.95/kg.
Friesian cull cows sold from a base €100 with the kg, while continental stores ranged from €250 over, with up to €600 with the weight recorded for beef-types.
The manager noted that the mart’s special weanling show and sale attracted some180 entries.
He outlined that U grade-types went under the hammer from €2.60-€3.00/kg, while the majority of well-made feeding-type Charolais and Limousin bulls made €2.20 to €2.45/kg and plainer, heavier types made €2/kg.
Lighter heifer weanlings changed hands from €2.00-€2.20/kg, while stronger types pushed from €2.10-€2.35/kg, with some E and U grades hitting €3.00/kg.