Talking Trade: Improved demand for quality weanlings


Bullocks and heifers improved by €10-€30/head at some venues this week. Plainer types remained difficult to clear.

Talking Trade: Improved demand for quality weanlings

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Bullocks and heifers improved by €10-€30/head at some venues this week. Plainer types remained difficult to clear.

This week saw more special weanling show and sale days get underway at livestock marts across the country.

These met with an improved trade, especially quality well-conformed, Continental types.

Managers reported increased demand for heavier Continental weanlings, with strong activity from farmers and feedlot purchasers.

Plainer and lighter types remained difficult to sell, with the majority of purchasers placing an emphasis on quality.

Several managers commented on entry numbers and noted that their first weanling show and sales were smaller in size in comparison to previous years.

Moving to the other categories, bullocks and heifers improved by €10-€30/head in a number of venues across the country, while on the cull cow front, some manager reported a limited offering of Continental cull cows, due to a large influx of dairy types.

In excess of €2/kg in being recorded for lots at the upper end of the market.

Balla Mart

Quality lots across all categories met with good demand; however, plainer types were difficult to sell at Balla Mart on Saturday.

Bullocks topped out at €910 over the kg, while heifers peaked at €885 over and cull cows realised €925 over.

At Tuesday’s weanling sale, a 425kg LMX heifer led at €2,260 - You can watch the sale of that heifer here.

Carnew Mart

1,220 cattle went under the hammer at Carnew Mart on Saturday, September 1st.

Beef and quality cattle continued to meet very strong demand, while plainer dairy breed cattle were slower to sell, according to David Quinn - Manager. A detailed price table can be found here.

Castlerea Mart

Similar numbers of stock presented for sale at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, September 6th.

Lighter store bullocks and heifers improved by €20-€30/head, according to Brendan Egan - Manager.

The manager noted that plainer stores remained unchanged, while in the weanling rings increased numbers experienced improved demand, especially quality lots.

The cull cow trade was similar to previous weeks with demand strongest for the forward lots, Mr. Egan added. More information can be found here.

Dowra Mart

The cattle trade remained strong for all quality lots at Dowra Mart on September 1st; however, types proved harder sold, according to a spokesperson for the mart.

A BBX heifer - 375kg - reached €1,310. See here for more.

Headford Mart

Bullocks ranged from €90 to €840 over the kg or €1.23 to €2.66 per KG, while heifers fetched from €180 to €805 over the kg or €1.56 to €2.55 per KG.

Weanling Heifers made from €370 to €605 over the kg or €2.05 to €3.11/kg and Weanling bulls clicked from €160 to €820 over the kg or €1.55 to €3.38 per KG.

Cull cows went under the hammer from €700-€1250, while suckler outfits varied from €950-€1430. See here.

Kanturk Mart

350 spring-born weanlings went under the hammer at Kanturk Mart’s second weanling show and sale of the year on Tuesday, September 4th.

Heifer weanlings and bull weanlings shared a top call of €3.16/kg, as reported here.

Sixmilebridge Mart

Sean Ryan reported good demand for quality cattle with a slight increase in price at Saturday’s sale at Sixmilebridge.
He noted that quality weanlings met with a good trade.

Bullocks topped out at €910 over the kg, while heifers peaked at €885 over and cull cows realised €925 over - you can find sample prices here.

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