Monaghan Mart held its weekly general cattle sale last Thursday afternoon, with a large offering of just under 200 animals being sold through the ring.
There still remains a strong demand for cattle throughout the northern half of the country.
The sale began with the dry cows, which averaged a price of €2.67/kg. A five-star Charolais-cross cow, born in 2020 and weighing 665kg, sold for €1,630 (€2.45/kg), while a Limousin-cross cow weighing 620kg sold for €1,750, achieving a price of €2.82/kg.
Another Charolais cow weighing 605kg sold for €1,590 (€2.63/kg), with the top price of the sale being paid for a June 2021-born Charolais-cross cow weighing 580kg and selling for €1,760.
There was a batch of 15 dairy-bred Hereford-cross calves sold through the ring, the first of which were heifers that had five-star ratings.
These animals were four to six weeks old and fetched prices between €80 and €155, with the older calves coming out on top with the better price.
Two sets of bull calves of the same breed made €190 and €245.
It was the heifers turn next, with light weanlings between 200kg and 300kg averaging €3.27/kg, such as a Limousin born in August 2022 and weighing 255kg that sold for €880 (€3.45/kg).
A Charolais-cross heifer weighing 240kg made an impressive €3.30/kg when sold for €800.
Heavier cattle between 300kg and 400kg averaged €3.10/kg, with a Charolais-cross heifer weighing 325kg selling for €1,040 (€3.20/kg).
There was a good turnout of bullocks for buyers to bring home, with prices averaging €2.81/kg.
A November 2021-born Angus-cross bullock weighing 655kg finished bidding at €1,660 (€2.53/kg).
A Limousin-cross bullock of 430kg sold for €1,180 (€2.74/kg), with another of this breed weighing 500kg and selling for €3/kg.
Clones Mart will hold its next general cattle sale on Thursday 25 May.