Friday last saw Roscommon Mart host its weekly sale of bullocks and cows, while also hosting a special sale of heifers, where over 300 went under the hammer.

The cows and bullocks got under way in ring two and were met with huge demand.

This June 2019-born Limousin bullock weighed 485kg and sold for €1,080 (€2.22/kg).

Cows saw an improved trade last week throughout the country, with huge demand for cows from factory agents, feeders and Northern Ireland customers. Trade was especially brisk for quality.

The top call of the sale went to a Charolais cow weighing 905kg that sold for €1,940 last Friday.

This April 2018-born Friesian bullock weighed 705kg and sold for €1,390 (€1.97/kg).

Factory-fit cows at 600kg and over were all crossing €2.00/kg and over it, while lighter store cows that would require further feeding averaged from €1.55/kg up to €2/kg, with price dependant on quality and flesh covering.

The bullock trade held solid. Mart manager Maura Quigley commented: “We have a special bullock sale on Friday and we expected a drop in the trade slightly before the special sale. However, the bullocks held their own.”

This February 2019-born Hereford heifer weighing 470kg sold for €950 (€2.02/kg).

Lesser-quality over-30-month dairy-bred bullocks were a remarkable trade, with several lots of these bullocks averaging €2/kg.

Meanwhile, 2020-born bullocks averaged over €2.50/kg for bullocks weighing over 350kg.

Bullocks weighing 500kg-plus saw an average price of €2.40/kg, with dairy-bred bullocks around 12 months of age making up to €2.30/kg.

This March 2020-born Charolais heifer weighed 310kg and sold for €790 (€2.55/kg).

Heifers saw a tougher trade than previous weeks. What was still a continued good-trade heifer averaged from €2.36/kg up to €2.84/kg.

Quality store heifers weighing 400kg-plus saw the higher end of this average.

Lighter heifers from 300kg up to 400kg averaged €2.60/kg, with top-quality continental heifers seeing the best trade on the day.

There is still some farmers on the hunt for breeding types, with anything going for breeding coming close to €3/kg on the day.

This May 2020-born Limousin heifer weighed 360kg and sold for €1,060 (€2.95/kg).

Roscommon Mart holds its special sale of bullocks this Friday 23 April, alongside its weekly sale of dry cows and heifers.

“Quality cattle seem to be getting scarcer in recent times, which has encouraged the greater difference between quality cattle and plainer stock in recent months,” said Maura.

“It’s great to see farmers getting rewarded for producing quality stock,” she said.

Other lots

This 2015-born Salers bull weighed 860kg and sold for €1,080 (€1.26/kg).

This February 2019-born Hereford heifer weighed 490kg and sold for €1,060 (€2.16/kg).

This February 2019-born Limousin bullock weighed 650kg and sold for €1,580 (€2.43/kg).

This 2012-born Limousin cow weighed 700kg and sold for €1,270 (€1.81/kg).

This April 2019-born Simmental bullock weighed 535kg and sold for €1,190 (€2.24/kg).

This July 2019-born Charolais heifer weighed 455kg and sold for €1,110 (€2.44/kg).