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Heifers reach €2,760 at Balla Mart as turnover hits €1.5m

Balla Mart report – cattle prices – 02-10-2021

According to Stephen Hannon, Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo recorded a turnover of €1.5m at its general cattle sale on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

The mart manager reported that trade improved on the previous week’s returns, with higher prices recorded, especially for bullocks.

Speaking following the general cattle sale, he said: “The biggest day ever and as it happened on this day 31 years ago, Aurivo re-opened Balla Mart.”

“There was great buying for cattle with more farmers and other buyers around. Heavy bullocks and heifers were a great trade, while cows were quoted as making unreal prices.”

Balla Mart 02-10-2021:

Bullock prices:

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.55/kg, stores in the 400kg to 500kg bracket averaged €2.57/kg and heavier entries 500kg+ levelled at €2.40/kg.

“Heavy bullocks 700kg+ were still making excellent prices over the €1,100-€1,200 over the weight,” Hannon remarked.

The sale-topper in this ring came in the form of an October-2019-born Charolais-cross, weighing 800kgs, at €2,080.

  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,410;
  • LMX – 630kgs – €1,400;
  • CHX – 725kgs – €1,640;
  • AA – 640kgs – €1,460;
  • LMX – 315kgs – €690;
  • AAX – 465kg – €1,080;
  • WWX (Welsh White-cross) – 420kgs – €850;
  • SIX – 705kgs – €1,720;
  • AAX – 585kgs – €1,360;
  • LM – 580kgs – €1,560;
  • CHX – 470kgs – €1,420;
  • AAX – 560kgs – €1,420;
  • CHX – 360kgs – €1,060;
  • HEX – 585kgs – €1,080;
  • BBX – 560kgs – €1,170;
  • CH – 470kgs – €1,210;
  • SHX – 430kgs – €410;
  • HEX – 515kgs – €1,040;
  • CHX – 580kgs – €1,260;
  • LM – 505kg – €1,300;
  • SIX – 505kgs – €1,260
  • CHX – 740kgs – €1,860;
  • CHX – 475kg – €1,220;
  • 1 CHX – 420kgs – €1,100;
  • LMX – 400kgs – €1,000;
  • AAX – 695kgs – €1,580;
  • HEX – 520kgs – €940;
  • CHX – 450kgs – €1,170.
Heifer prices:

Hannon reported that over 500 heifers were on offer at ring two at Saturday’s sale.

He outlined that heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.40/kg and heifers 400kg to 500kg levelled at €2.49/kg and those 500kg averaged €2.45/kg.

  • CHX – 470kgs – €1,280;
  • LMX – 425kgs – €930;
  • HEX – 245kgs – €380;
  • CHX – 485kgs – €1,310;
  • CHX – 425kgs – €1,080;
  • LMX – 440kgs – €1,140;
  • LM – 460kgs – €1,500;
  • AAX – 405kgs – €760;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,320;
  • MO – 380kgs – €570;
  • LMX – 505kgs – €1,310;
  • AUX – 485kgs – €1,180;
  • AAX – 500kgs – €950;
  • SIX – 410kgs – €1,000;
  • CHX – 505kgs – €1,280;
  • BBX – 545kgs – €1,310;
  • CHX – 455kgs – €1,210;
  • LMX – 400kgs – €1,060;
  • CHX – 505kgs – €1,290;
  • LMX – 535kgs – €1,210;
  • LMX – 535kgs – €1,340;
  • BBX – 580kgs – €1,320;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €1,730;
  • CHX – 550kgs – €1,360;
  • SIX – 275kgs – €610;
  • AAX – 530kgs – €1,190;
  • SAX – 510kgs – €1,270;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,430;
  • 1 CHX – 525kgs – €1,330;
  • CHX – 610kgs – €1,460;
  • 1 CHX – 680kgs – €1,460.

Hannon added: “There was a 560kg LMXX born in January-2020, for breeding that made €2,760.00 or €4.93 p/kg. Another 520kg LMX sold for €2,020.”

Cull cow prices 

The manager reported that dry cows met with an improved trade due to the presence of factory agents and purchasers for Northern Ireland.

Topping the price table at €2,090 was a May-2007-born Charolais-cross dry cow, weighing 890kgs.

  • HEX – 505kgs – €540;
  • CHX – 785kgs – €1,420;
  • CHX – 770kgs – €1,710;
  • SIX – 870kgs – €1,650;
  • FR – 700kgs – €1,350;
  • SIX – 725kgs – €1,540;
  • SAX – 645kgs – €1,340;
  • AU – 650kgs – €1,130;
  • AAX – 685kgs – €1 ,340;
  • CHX – 745kgs – €1,690;
  • SAX – 640kgs – €1,300;
  • BBX – 660kgs – €900;
  • HEX – 670kgs – €1,270;
  • HEX – 645kgs – €1,340;
  • SIX – 610kgs – €1,170;
  • BBX – 585kgs – €1,100;
  • FR – 785kgs – €1,060;
  • MO – 625kgs – €600;
  • MYX – 630kgs – €600;
  • LM – 735kgs – €1,650;
  • CHX – 740kgs – €1,380;
  • BAX – 665kgs – €1,280;
  • LMX – 640kgs – €1,330.
Sucklers

In the sucklers, a March-2013-born Charolais cow with a Charolais bull calf at foot topped out at €2,130.

 Balla Mart information:
  • Address: Aurivo Balla Mart, Carrowntober, Oughter, Co. Mayo
  • Contact information:Phone: 094-9365068 or see Aurivo’s website.
  • Sale days:Weanlings: Tuesdays. Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays with rings as follows:
  • 1:Bullocks at 10:30 am Saturday ringside and online.
  • 2:Heifers at 10:30 am Saturday ringside and online
  • 3:Dry Cows/breeding bulls & springers at 10:45 am/11 am ringside and online.
Tuesday weanling sales:
  • Ring 1: Bull weanlings at 10:30 am Tuesday ringside and online.
  • Ring 2: Heifer weanlings at 10:45 am Tuesday ringside and online.
  • Intake time 07:00 am to 09:30 am on Saturdays. 08:00 am to 09:30 am on Tuesdays.
Further reading

That’s Farming previously profiled Stephen Hannon, general manager of Aurivo Marts and manager of Balla Mart – Read this article by Stephen Hannon here.

Read a report from last Saturday’s cattle sale.

Mart reports

Read more mart reports (cattle and sheep prices) on That’s Farming.

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