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Heifers to €2,810 at Balla Mart

Balla Mart – cattle prices – 27-11-2021

According to Stephen Hannon, cattle changed hands for up to €2,810 at Aurivo Balla Mart on Saturday, November 27th, 2021.

In recent weeks, the Mayo-based venue has recorded some new centre record prices with in-calf heifers selling for up to €5,150, dry cows to €3,070 and heifers to €3,520.

Hannon, general manager of Aurivo Marts, and manager of Balla Mart reported that entry numbers at Saturday’s sale were up by 50% on the corresponding period in 2020.

Balla Mart 27-11-2021:

Bullock prices:

He reported that bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.44p/kg, store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.51/kg and heavier bullocks 500kg + averaged €2.37 /kg.

“Heavy bullocks 700kg+ were making up to €1,200 with the weight due to the presence of Northern and factory buyers. The top price in this ring was €2,040 for an April-2020-born 750kg entry.”

  • LMX – 720kgs – €1,710;
  • AAX – 680kgs – €1,490 (33-months-old non-QA);
  • CHX – 485kgs – €1,310;
  • LMX – 520kgs – €1,390;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 705kgs – €1,900;
  • AAX – 610kgs – €1,300;
  • AAX – 590kgs – €1,360;
  • CHX – 435kgs – €1,110;
  • AAX – 900kgs – €1,850;
  • SIX – 565kgs – €1,360;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,400;
  • SHX – 625kgs – €1,310;
  • LMX – 345kgs – €1,010;
  • CHX – 570kgs – €1,430;
  • AAX – 700kgs – €1,750;
  • CHX – 605kgs – €1,560;
  • SIX – 635kgs – €1,400;
  • CHX – 285kgs – €890;
  • 1 CHX – 555kgs – €1,460;
  • CHX – 670kgs – €1,650;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,400;
  • SIX – 435kgs – €1,030;
  • CHX – 620kgs – €1,270;
  • AAX – 190kgs – €540;
  • LMX – 580kgs – €1,350;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1,230;
  • CHX – 610kgs – €1,420;
  • LMX – 250kgs – €610.
Heifer prices:

According to Hannon, just over 250 heifers went under the hammer in ring two, with a “better” trade than the previous week.

He said that heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.34 /kg and those 400kg to 500kg levelled at €2.41/kg and entries 500kgs+ settled at an average of €2.49/kg.

The sale topper came in the form of a May-2020-born 595kg Belgian-Blue-cross; she sold for €2,810 or €4.72/kg.

  • BAX – 615kgs – €1,860;
  • BAX – 505kgs – €1,390;
  • CH – 690kgs – €1,840;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €1,850;
  • LMX – 540kgs – €1,320;
  • AUX – 455kgs – €1,080;
  • SAX – 525kgs – €1,340;
  • LMX – 630kgs – €1,560;
  • SPX – 430kgs – €850;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,500;
  • BBX – 465kgs – €1,240;
  • CHX – 475kgs – €1,230;
  • 1 CHX – 680kgs – €1,550;
  • CHX – 605kgs – €1,470;
  • BBX – 395kgs – €890;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,310;
  • SAX – 480kgs – €1,420.
Dry cows

Hannon added that some 130 cull cows passed through ring three, with all lots finding new owners except for one.

“Dry cow prices were up due to the presence of Northern Ireland and factory buyers. A heavy 985kg CH born in June-2015 made €2,030,” he added.

  • SAX – 630kgs – €1,090;
  • AAX – 720kgs – €1,440;
  • SHX – 710kgs – €1,340;
  • LM – 765kgs – €1,550;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,420;
  • SAX – 740kgs – €1,550;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €1,350;
  • HEX – 655kgs – €1,090;
  • SHX – 695kgs – €1,270;
  • FR – 680kgs – €620;
  • SIX – 660kgs – €1,150;
  • CH – 810kgs – €1,540;
  • SIX – 695kgs – €1,250;
  • BAX – 670kgs – €1,180;
  • CHX – 665kgs – €1,310.

In the springers, prices reached €2,100 for an 840kg entry due the first week of January.

Weanling bulls
  • 200 to 300kg averaged €2.67pkg;
  • 350kg to 450kg averaged €2.44pkg;
  • 450kg+ averaged 2.15/kg.
Weanling heifers:
  • 200 to 350kg averaged €2.67/kg;
  • 350 to 450kg averaged 2.32p/kg;
  • 450kg+ averaged €2.31/kg.
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 (Subject to change). 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 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 with Stephen Hannon.

Mart reports

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

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