Saturday's sale at Aurivo Balla Mart saw another large entry of bullocks, heifers, cull cows and in-calf heifers pass through the three rings. Despite very severe rain and high winds, farmers packed out the ringsides and it was business as usual. Lesser quality cattle were back a little again on price, but the main demand for good quality types saw their price remain relatively firm. One thing that was evident was a sharp swing away from lesser quality cattle and aged cattle, with reduced demand and prices evident. Heavy bullocks over 600kg sold from €2.00/kg to €2.25/kg for good quality types. Bullocks from 500kg to 600kg sold mainly from €2.00/kg to €2.30/kg. Light bullocks from 400kg to 500kg sold mainly from €2.15/kg to €2.35/kg for average quality types, while the top third made from €2.40/kg to over €2.50/kg.
Demand for heifer was up slightly on the day. Heifers over 600kg sold from €2.00/kg to €2.20/kg for average quality types, top quality types in the same weight range sold to over €2.40/kg. Heifers from 500kg to 600kg sold mainly from €2.00/kg to €2.25/kg with top quality lots on the day selling to over €2.40/kg. Lighter heifers from 400kg to 500kg saw stronger prices of €2.15/kg to €2.35/kg for average quality types while the top third made from €2.45/kg to over €2.80/kg.Cull cows were an easier trade on the day, with the reducing beef price having a large impact on the ring, especially for plainer types.