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VIDEO: Heifers to €3,520 at Balla Mart

Balla Mart – cattle prices – 18-09-2021

According to a spokesperson, some 1,200 entries were on offer at Balla Mart on Saturday, August 18th, 2021.

The 2021 All-Ireland GAA Football Senior Football Championship Final resulted in a smaller entry going under the hammer at the Mayo-based mart the previous week.

The spokesperson pointed out that its special heifer sale, coupled with the ‘carry-over’ from the previous week, resulted in a larger entry.

Speaking following the sale, they said: “There was great buying for cattle, with more farmer and northern buyers around than normal.”

“It was the biggest sale, if memory serves correctly, since 2011. Heavy bullocks and heifers were up by 10-20c/kg.”

Balla Mart 18-09-2021:

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.42p/kg, while store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.55/kg.

Heavier bullocks 500kg + averaged €2.46/kg, while heavy bullocks 700kg+ sold to €1,100-€1,200 over the kg.

  • CHX – 845kg – €2,180;
  • 1 CHX – 635kg – €1,480;
  • LMX – 425kg – €1,160;
  • AAX – 750kg – €1,400;
  • LMX – 540kg – €1,300;
  • GAX – 315kg – €550;
  • SI – 440kg – €1,000;
  • LMX – 555kg – €1,430;
  • PTX – 500kg – €1,240;
  • LMX – 505kg – €1,360;
  • AAX – 480kg – €1,060;
  • CHX – 470kg – €1,220;
  • HEX – 425kg – €790;
  • AAX – 330kg – €750;
  • HEX – 760kg – €1,300 (30-months-old);
  • CHX – 825kg – €2,000;
  • 1 CHX – 760kg – €1,980;
  • LMX – 675kg – €1,780;
  • BBX – 655kg – €1,600;
  • CHX – 785kg – €2,150.
Heifers:

The spokesperson reported that some 550 lots were on offer in ring two.

Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.46/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg bracket averaged €2.56p/kg and entries 500kgs+ levelled at €2.65p/kg.

  • BBX – 625kg – €3,520;
  • LMX – 550kg – €3,040;
  • AAX – 460kg – €1,070;
  • BAX – 510kg – €1,150;
  • CHX – 410kg – €1,010;
  • SIX – 435kg – €1,310;
  • 2 CHX – 610kg – €1,740;
  • LMX – 360kg – €900;
  • BBX – 475kg – €1,630;
  • SI – 400kg – €900;
  • PTX – 440kg – €1,190;
  • SAX – 515kg – €1,080;
  • BBX – 490kg – €1,130;
  • 1 BBX – 595kg – €1,900;
  • BBX – 590kg – €1,740;
  • 1 BBX – 550kg – €1,600;
  • BBX – 585kg – €2,140;
  • 1 BBX – 535kg – €1,540;
  • BBX – 625kg – €3,520 (29-months-old);
  • AAX – 550kg – €1,640;
  • SLX – 405kg – €910;
  • SA – 350kg – €920.
Cull cows and suckler stock

The spokesperson reported that over 150 lots – cull cows, sucklers, springers and stockbulls – were on offer in ring three.

“Dry cow prices were up due to different Northern Ireland and factory buyers,” they remarked.

The sale-topper came in the form of a March-2011-born 985kg Simmental dry cow at €2,300.

Other prices:

  • CHX – 670kg – €1,240;
  • BBX – 730kg – €1,580;
  • CHX – 510kg – €880;
  • PTX – 575kg – €930;
  • BBX – 870kg – €1,990;
  • SAX – 645kg – €1,280;
  • AUX – 845kg – €1,890;
  • SH – 685kg – €1,480;
  • CHX – 530kg – €990;
  • CHX – 750kg – €1,680;
  • SIX – 660kg – €1,280;
  • SI – 620kg – €1,160;
  • LMX – 640kg – €1,290;
  • FR – 560kg – €590;
  • BBX – 675kg – €940;
  • SAX – 690kg – €1,220;
  • AAX – 615kg – €1,050.
Sucklers:

In the sucklers, the top price was a March-2017 second-calver cow with a Charolais-cross bull calf at €2,110.

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 amto 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.

Mart reports

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

To share your story, photos and/or videos, email – catherina@thatsfarming.com

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