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VIDEO: Heifers to €3,500 and dry cows to €3,320 at Balla Mart

Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 15-10-2022

According to Stephen Hannon, prices topped at €3,500 at Balla Mart’s general weekly cattle sale yesterday (Saturday, October 15th).

The mart manager and general manager of Aurivo Marts reported that the heifer ring provided the sale topper in the form of a March-2021-born 19-month-old Belgian-Blue cross, out of DEP, with LM and SA blood, weighing 590kgs (€5.93/kg).

Leading the charge in the dry cow ring at €3,320 was a 2015-born Belgian-Blue-cross Adajio de Bray daughter, weighing 905kgs.

Heading up the suckler section was a Limousin-cross at €2,380, while bullocks topped out at €2,010.

Balla Mart 15-10-2022

Speaking following the sale yesterday, Hannon said: “Over 1,000 came under the hammer here today.”

“Ground conditions have changed, and weather conditions are also driving numbers out. Breeding heifers met with what I can only describe as an outstanding trade, but buyers are becoming more selective,” he added.

Bullock prices

According to Hannon, store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.69/kg, while heavier sorts 500kg + levelled at €2.66/kg.

  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,740;
  • AA – 490kgs – €1,360;
  • LMX – 355kgs – €920;
  • CHX – 565kgs – €1,620;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,610;
  • AA – 490kgs – €1,220;
  • LMX – 620kgs – €1,530;
  • LM – 490kgs – €1,220;
  • CHX – 480kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 530kgs – €1,560;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1410;
  • AAX – 675kgs – €1,780;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,620;
  • CHX – 620kgs – €1,620;
  • LMX – 380kgs – €1,060;
  • LMX – 640kgs – €1,710;
  • AAX – 760kgs – €1,850;
  • 2 AAX – 640kgs – €1,550;
  • CHX – 695kgs – €1,690;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,550;
  • LMX – 660kgs – €2,010;
  • SH – 570kgs – €1,130;
  • SIX – 430kgs – €960;
  • FR – 460kgs – €800.
Heifer prices

According to Hannon, circa 500 heifers crossed the scales, and those up to 400 kg averaged €2.58/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €2.63/kg and entries north of 500kg recorded an average price of €2.82/kg.

  • CHX – 580kgs – €2,720;
  • BBX – 575kgs – €2,440;
  • BBX – 720kgs – €2,280;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,750;
  • CHX – 545kgs – €1,400;
  • CHX – 580kgs – €1,660;
  • CHX – 580kgs – €1,400;
  • LMX – 575kgs – €1,320;
  • LMX – 615kgs – €2,480;
  • LMX – 635kgs – €2,510;
  • SIX – 295kgs – €500;
  • SIX – 675kgs – €1,650;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,480;
  • BYX – 280kgs – €540;
  • BYX – 250kgs – €520;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,550;
  • CHX – 630kgs – €1,770;
  • CHX – 550kgs – €1,530;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,630;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,330;
  • AAX – 485kgs – €1,050;
  • BBX – 565kgs – €2,600;
  • SAX – 330kgs – €640.
Dry cows

According to Hannon, dry cow prices were “strong”, with the usual ringside and online bidders active, with a blend of some northern and online activity.

  • AU – 695kgs – €1,590;
  • LMX – 680kgs – €1,740;
  • FR – 590kgs – €560;
  • SIX – 730kgs – €1,520;
  • AAX – 815kgs – €1,860;
  • SI – 700kgs – €1,140;
  • AUX – 790kgs – €1,470;
  • SH – 860kgs – €1,720;
  • LM – 610kgs – €1,480;
  • SHX – 710kgs – €1,340;
  • LMX – 725kgs – €1,650;
  • FR – 625kgs – €670;
  • BBX – 655kgs – €1,340;
  • HEX – 585kgs – €1,090;
  • LMX – 855kgs – €1,850;
  • CH – 780kgs – €2,120;
  • BB – 740kgs – €1,690;
  • LM – 600kgs – €1,530;
  • MOX – 520kgs – €760;
  • SIX – 695kgs – €1,860;
  • BBX – 810kgs – €2,570;
  • SIX – 655kgs – €1,240.
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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 (Certain times of year):
  • 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

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