The weekly Tuesday evening weanling sale in Carnaross Mart in Co Meath resumed this week, with a total entry of over 300 lots of bulls and 300 lots of heifers meeting a fine demand.
Weanling bulls ranging from 200kg to 300kg averaged €2.90/kg with a number of top quality lots making €3.14/kg
Bulls in the 300kg to 400kg category ranged in price from €2.35/kg to €3.30/head. Bulls weighing between 400kg to 450kg ranged in price between €2.45/kg to €2.93/kg. Heavier fleshed bulls over the 450kg were making around €2.72/kg.
There was a large number of good-quality, continental yearling bulls on offer with the majority of bulls on the day reaching well over the €3.00/kg.
Traditional breeds including Aberdeen Angus and Hereford fell under the hammer at €2.94/kg.
Lighter good quality weanling heifers were a strong trade with heifers weighing in the 200kg to 300kg bracket making €2.90/kg with an exceptional Limousin heifer weighing 275kg making €1,600 (€5.82/kg).
Weanling heifers in the 300kg to 400kg bracket were selling from €2.45kg to €3.30/kg with a small selection of forward store heifers over the 450kg weight bracket coming in around €2.80/kg.
Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, mart auctioneer, Rodney Windrum: ‘’Today was a flying trade with a lot of appetite for all types of stock on the day. The good quality weanlings are still the highlight of the trade with many making over €3/kg.
Farmers, factory agents and feedlot buyers were also active contributing to a sale with a clearance rate of 100%.’’
Carnaross Mart will host its next special sale on Saturday the 21st of May for the Cooley sheep breeder’s ewe and lamb sale.