€1,735 for suckler pairing at Maam Cross


Some 240 cattle passed through the ring, with a great clearance reported. Heifers hit €2.40/kg; weanling heifers peaked at €3.337/kg & weanling bulls sold to €3.48/kg.

€1,735 for suckler pairing at Maam Cross

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Some 240 cattle passed through the ring, with a great clearance reported. Heifers hit €2.40/kg; weanling heifers peaked at €3.337/kg & weanling bulls sold to €3.48/kg.

Some 240 cattle passed through the ring and met with a great clearance at Maam Cross Mart on Monday (October 15th), according to Muiread Burke.

Dry cows and in-calf averaged €840 (€1.35/kg) with a top call of €1,305 recorded for an 810kg CH cow born in March-2013; she is due to calf this month to a pedigree CH bull.

Cows with calves at foot averaged €1227/head, with a top price of €1,735 with a CH bull calf at foot and sold running with the same bull again.

Muiread said that strong heifers were in demand and they averaged from €1.90/kg-€2.40/kg; an April-217-born LM heifer - 535kg - €1,150.

There was a smaller offering of bullocks, with over 30 on display, Muiread said. This category averaged €1.94/kg and an April-2015-born Charolais and an April-2016-born AA weighing 705kg made €1,235.

Muiread reported a strong trade for weanlings, as 160 lots went under the hammer.

Bull weanlings averaged out at €2.54/kg and topped out at €3.48/kg, while heifers averaged €1.30/kg and climbed to €3.37/kg.

Sheep

96% of sheep entries found new homes, and prices held very well, Muiread noted.

Breeding rams averaged €98, with a top price of €300 paid out for a Blackface hogg.

Lighter lambs were in demand and stores averaging €45-€55 while heavier lambs averaged €60. Lambs reached €90/hd - a price that was paid for 6 cross-bred ram lambs.

The hoggets trade also stood well as they fetched an average of €55, with a top of €65/hd paid for 2 Blackface wethers.

With approximately 650 ewes on offer, they averaged out at €40 for the broken mouths and €60 for good breeders and mouths, while 2 Blackface ewe hoggs made €125/hd.

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