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Dry cows to €3,070 and heifers to €3,400 at Balla

Balla Mart report – cattle prices – 23-10-2021

A dry cow set what is understood to be a new centre record when she changed hands for €3,070 at Balla Mart on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.

According to the seller, the pedigree-registered Belgian Blue cow, Boherard KitKat, was scanned suitable for breeding, having been flushed earlier this year.

The seller claimed that the 2016-born Sauveur de Monin Chapelle daughter has bred commercial calves to over €4,000.

The 835kg entry had an opening bid of €1,500 and soared to €3,070, following a flurry of activity. That’s Farming understands that the cow was purchased for breeding purposes.

Meanwhile, the €3,000 mark was also breached on more than one occasion in the heifer ring. The sale-topper in ring two came in the form of a Belgian Blue-cross heifer weighing 695kgs at €3,400.

Meanwhile, a 745kg Belgian Blue-cross heifer, weighing 745kgs, sold at €3,350; in the springers, a top call of €2,460 was recorded for a 30-month-old Limousin, weighing 730kgs, due in January.

According to Stephen Hannon, general manager of Aurivo Marts and Balla Mart manager, some 1,100 cattle were on offer at its weekly cattle sale.

Speaking following the sale, he said: “There was a great trade for quality cattle. Heavy bullocks and heifers suitable for breeding made exceptional prices.”

“Lesser quality stock were harder to sell as they showed the signs of changeable weather.”

Balla Mart 23-10-2021

Bullock prices

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.42/kg, while stores 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.49/kg and heavier bullocks 500kg + levelled at €2.31/kg.

“Heavy bullocks 700kg+ were still making over the €1,000 with the weight due to Northern and factory custom,” he remarked.

The highest price in this ring was €1,800 for an April-2019-born 695kg entry.

  • AAX – 580kgs – €1,280;
  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,400;
  • SAX – 525kgs – €1,380;
  • SI – 540kgs – €900;
  • LMX – 535kgs – €1,390;
  • 2 CHX – 518.3kgs – €1,200;
  • CHX – 610kgs – €1,280;
  • CH – 530kgs – €1,200;
  • NRX – 600kgs – €800 (33-months-old non-QA);
  • LMX – 485kgs – €1,180;
  • FR – 380kgs – €580;
  • CHX – 565kgs – €1,300;
  • CHX – 785kgs – €1,700;
  • SH – 765kgs – €1,450;
  • SIX – 455kgs – €800;
  • LMX – 510kgs – €1,260;
  • BBX – 510kgs – €950;
  • HEX – 640kgs – €1,140;
  • CHX – 375kgs – €850;
  • BAX – 615kgs – €1,270;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,320;
  • CHX – 345kgs – €930;
  • SIX – 510kgs – €1,050;
  • AUX – 615kgs – €1,350;
  • BAX – 565kgs – €1,380;
  • CHX – 445kgs – €1,240;
  • LM – 680kgs – €1,600;
  • AAX – 540kgs – €1,210;
  • FR – 370kgs – €470;
  • HEX – 405kgs – €780;
  • CH – 320kgs – €850.
Heifers

According to Hannon, a special breeding sale, attracted large r numbers, with over 400 lots on offer.

Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.40/kg, while heifers 400kg to 500kg levelled at €2.43/kg and those 500kg averaged €2.59/kg. “This average was up because the tops made from €3.50 to €4.50/kg,” he pointed out.

  • BBX – 520kgs – €1,300;
  • LMX – 455kgs – €1,050;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,260;
  • CHX – 655kgs – €1,510;
  • SIX – 495kgs – €1,100;
  • LMX – 485kgs – €1,500;
  • LM – 515kgs – €1,250;
  • LM – 520kgs – €1,260;
  • SIX – 475kgs – €1,440;
  • SAX – 385kgs – €1,040;
  • PTX – 635kgs – €1,440;
  • BBX – 490kgs – €1,260;
  • BBX – 505kgs – €1,340;
  • CH – 695kgs – €1,670;
  • CH – 435kgs – €1,100;
  • LMX – 620kgs – €1,480;
  • BBX – 575kgs – €1,820;
  • CHX – 570kgs – €1,310;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1,300;
  • BBX – 675kgs – €2,320;
  • AAX – 505kgs – €1,160;
  • BBX – 595kgs – €1,920;
  • LMX – 410kgs – €1,080;
  • LMX – 375kgs – €1,000;
Cull cow prices:
  • LMX – 795kgs – €1,780;
  • BBX – 600kgs – €940;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,140;
  • SHX – 570kgs – €810;
  • SH – 490kgs – €540;
  • SIX – 670kgs – €1,170;
  • LMX – 715kgs – €1,440;
  • LMX – 750kgs – €1,590;
  • AAX – 590kgs – €1,050;
  • CH – 775kgs – €1,640;
  • LM – 595kgs – €1,350;
  • AAX – 735kgs – €1,360;
  • SIX – 905kgs – €1,630;
  • FR – 515kgs – €430;
  • CHX – 725kgs – €1600;
  • FR – 725kgs – €1,230;
  • LM – 695kgs – €1,280;
  • SAX – 650kgs – €1,390;
  • AAX – 805kgs – €1,850;
  • CHX – 800kgs – €1,520;
  • SAX – 520kgs – €750;
  • CHX – 815kgs – €1,690;
  • CHX – 800kgs – €1,730;
  • SIX – 905kgs – €1,630;
  • AAX – 610kgs – €1,100;
  • SA – 620kgs – €1,000;
  • SPX – 585kgs – €1,040.
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.
Upcoming sale: 
  • Saturday, October 30thth: General cattle sale with a special entry of 25 continental in-calf heifers.

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.

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