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Bullocks to €2,890 and cull cows to €2,620 at Balla Mart

Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 21-05-2022

According to Stephen Hannon of Balla Mart, just over 800 lots passed through three rings at its most recent sale on Saturday, May 21st, 2022.

The manager of Balla Mart and general manager of Aurivo Marts, explained that the sale drew some “quality” heifers, bullocks, and cull cows.

He said: “Online factory and northern buyers pushed things along. All averages nearly reached the €3.00/kg mark with tops reaching new heights of up to €3.60+/kg.”

Balla Mart 21-05-2022

Cull cow prices

Firstly, Hannon reported that “as usual, cow numbers remained big with prices up due to the presence of some Northern Ireland and online buyers”.

Topping prices in this ring was a March-2015-born Charolais-cross dry cow, weighing 885kg, while a Limousin-cross, weighing 775kg topped out at €2,620.

  • MO – 480kgs – €950;
  • CH – 775kgs – €2,390;
  • FR – 570kgs – €1,250;
  • NRX – 605kgs – €1,310;
  • BBX – 625kgs – €1,630;
  • SHX – 710kgs – €1,830;
  • FR – 565kgs – €950;
  • FR – 795kgs – €1,840;
  • LMX – 875kgs – €1,880;
  • SA – 760kgs – €2,170;
  • CHX – 805kgs – €1,990;
  • FR – 660kgs – €1,520;
  • AA – 765kgs – €2,070;
  • LMX – 660kgs – €1,920;
  • LMX – 735kgs – €1,980;
  • CH – 600kgs – €1,600;
  • CHX – 710kgs – €1,800;
  • BBX – 625kgs – €1,630;
  • BAX – 685kgs – €1,970;
  • SHX – 560kgs – €1,490;
  • BBX – 500kgs – €1,130.

Other categories:

  • Suckler pairs to €1,950 – a May-2017-born Limousin cow with bull calf at foot;
  • Bull weanlings 200kg to 350kg averaged €3.03/kg and those 350kg to 450kg levelled at €2.58p/kg and bull weanlings 450kg+ made 2.84p/kg.
Bullock prices:

According to Hannon, bullocks 300kg to 400kg met with an improved trade and averaged €2.96/kg. He reported that store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.89/kg and heavier types 500kg + levelled at 3.01/kg with tops of 3.60/kg.

The sale-topper came in the form of a Charolais-cross bullock, weighing 785kgs at €2,890, while another Charolais-cross, weighing 725kgs, made €2,490.

  • CHX – 805kgs – €2,580;
  • LMX – 735kgs – €2,480;
  • CHX – 590kgs – €1,980;
  • CHX – 665kgs – €2,220;
  • HEX – 300kgs – €670;
  • AAX – 250kgs – €700;
  • BAX – 725kgs – €2,420;
  • CH – 420kgs – €1,100;
  • AAX – 550kgs – €1,540;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,600;
  • LMX – 515kgs – €1,400;
  • SAX – 610kgs – €1,600;
  • CHX – 610kgs – €1,950;
  • 1 CHX – 500kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 810kgs – €2,520;
  • HEX – 500kgs – €1,240;
  • CH – 505kgs – €1,650;
  • HEX – 515kgs – €1,160;
  • AA – 480kgs – €1,400;
  • CH – 415kgs – €1,370;
  • 2 FR – 382kgs – €890.
Heifer prices

Furthermore, Hannon reported that close to 300 lots came under the hammer in ring two (heifers) last Saturday.

He noted that “there were some good quality store animals that met with a good clearance”.

Heifers up to 400 kg levelled at €2.90/kg, while heifers in the 400kg to 500kg bracket averaged €2.98/kg, and heavy hits averaged 3.05p/kg.

The category topper in this ring came in the form of a 40-month-old 700kg Charolais-cross, weighing 700kgs, at €2,300.

  • LMX – 345kgs – €1,080;
  • CHX – 505kgs – €1,700;
  • PTX – 615kgs – €1,760;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,850;
  • CHX – 700kgs – €2,300;
  • CHX – 620kgs – €1,900;
  • AAX – 510kgs – €1,600;
  • BBX – 585kgs – €1,830;
  • CHX – 525kgs – €1,570;
  • CHX – 595kgs – €1,940;
  • AAX – 420kgs – €1,100;
  • SAX – 535kgs – €1,590;
  • CHX – 340kgs – €1,010;
  • CHX – 350kgs – €1,000;
  • BBX – 250kgs – €510;
  • AA – 275kgs – €670;
  • BAX – 560kgs – €1,680;
  • SIX – 550kgs – €1,580;
  • CHX – 385kgs – €1,360;
  • LMX – 555kgs – €1,660.
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

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