Saturday’s sale at Mohill Mart saw a smaller entry of bullocks and heifers on offer than last week as we move towards the seasonal low of throughput in the coming weeks.
Mart manager Stephen Hannon said that while numbers on offer were lower, demand was still very strong and prices were on par with previous weeks with no signs of a fall-off in prices just yet.
Heifers were sold before bullocks and were a strong and steady trade. Heavy heifers over 500kg were only available in small numbers but the demand for these was strong.
This Limousin heifer, born March 2018 and weighing 320kg, sold for €790 (€2.47/kg).
Those that were on offer sold mainly from €1,000 for plain Angus and Hereford types to over €1,350 for top-quality lots.
Store heifers from 400kg to 500kg were available in larger numbers than heavy types and sold mainly from €1,000 to €1,200/head or €600 to €700 along with the weight for average-quality lots. Top-quality types made over €700 along with the weight. Weanling heifers were a firm trade also with quality the main driver of prices. Good-quality types sold mainly from €780 to €850/head.
The bullock trade was a little stronger than the heifer trade, with a little bit more bite for good-quality bullocks than heifers.
Heavy bullocks over 600kg were a strong trade selling from €1,200 to in excess of €1,450 for top-quality types.
This Limousin cross bullock, born August 2018 and weighing 385kg, sold for €1,140 (€2.96/kg).
Forward store bullocks form 500kg to 600kg were met with strong demand also and sold from €1,150 to €1,225/head. Lighter store bullocks from 400kg to 500kg sold mainly from €1,100 to €1,200/head for average quality types.
Weanling bulls and bullocks from 300kg to 400kg were a strong trade, selling mainly from €800 to over €1,140 for top-quality bullocks.
This Limousin heifer, born March 2018 and weighing 340kg, sold for €760 (€2.24/kg).
This Charolais bullock, born April 2018 and weighing 455kg, sold for €1,130 (€2.48/kg).
This Charolais bullock, born April 2018 and weighing 405kg, sold for €1,100 (€2.72/kg).
This Charolais bullock, born April 2018 and weighing 340kg, sold for €900 (€2.65/kg).