Aurivo mart Ballinrobe hosted their general cattle sale on Wednesday with another surge in demand for female lots.
The average for light store heifers suitable for summer grazing rose by 22c/kg on the week. These heifers, weighing below 400kg, recorded an average of €2.54/kg. Slightly heavier heifers still under 500kg recorded an average of €2.41/kg. This increased to €2.63/kg for the top third of lots sold.
This high level was even stronger for short keep and factory fit heifers, with prices rising by 18c/kg on the week to rest at €2.38/kg. The general go for heifers over 500kg was between €2.30/kg to €2.50/kg, with a few exceptions either side.
Light weanling heifers topped out at €3.77/kg.
This was paid for a 13-month-old Belgian Blue heifer that weighed 300kg and sold for €1,130. Adding to this, two heifers sold for €3.37/kg. First at the money was an 11-month-old Limousin that weighed 270kg and sold for €910. Matching the price was a seven month old Blue heifer weighing 315kg that sold for €1,060.
Overall, these light heifers sold on average for €2.80/kg, easily surpassing the €3/kg average for the top third of lots sold.
Weanling bulls didn’t reach the same heights, but still recorded an average of over €2.50/kg for lighter animals. Looking at the top third of bull weanlings, below 300kg, the average settled at just shy of €3/kg mark.
These prices were led by a 280kg Limousin bull who sold for €860 (€3.07/kg).
Bulls over the 300kg saw average price drop by 4c/kg on the week to settle at €2.36/kg. This average rose by over 40c/kg for the better quality lots on offer.
Quality secured a similar premium for store bullocks, with the highest demand for those passing the 400kg mark. These bullocks recorded a healthy average of €2.32/kg, with strong Charolais cattle exceeding €2.60/kg.
Cull cows are in as high a demand as ever, with buyers eager for younger, well-fleshed lots. Culls of continental descent and fulfilling this criteria easily rose to €2/kg, with some lots surpassing €2.20/kg.
Mart manager Tom McGuire said after the sale: “It was a typical spring sale, with all the quality lots on offer being met with quality trade. There was a serious demand for some store heifers and breeding heifers.”