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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Balla: Dry cows to €2,880 & stock bulls to €2,560

Aurivo Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 29-04-2023

According to Stephen Hannon, over 1,000 cattle came under the hammer at Aurivo Balla Mart’s general cattle sale on Saturday, April 30th, 2023, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

The manager of Balla Mart and general manager of Aurivo Marts reported that “prices were up again on last week, especially store heifers around 400kg as farmers are buying for grass”.

Prices reached €2,590 in the bullock ring, while heifers maxed out at €2,100, stock bulls hit €2,560, cull cows soared to €2,880, and sucklers peaked at €2,500 at Saturday’s weekly cattle sale.

Bullock prices

According to Hannon, bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €3.24/kg, while stores in the 400kg to 500kg bracket levelled out at €3.10/kg and heavier bullocks 500kg were up and averaged out at €3.01/kg.

He noted that quality heavy bullocks 700kg+ “performed well” and maxed out at €1,800 with the weight in this ring with highs of €2,590.

  • CHX – 815kgs – €2,590;
  • CHX – 760kgs – €2,500;
  • CHX – 400kgs – €1,130;
  • AAX – 625kgs – €2,020;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,760;
  • CHX – 450kgs – €1,640;
  • CHX – 515kgs – €1,800;
  • CHX – 720kgs – €2,060;
  • SHX – 470kgs – €1,290;
  • LMX – 565kgs – €1,760;
  • LMX – 710kgs – €2,270;
  • CHX – 680kgs – €2,050;
  • CHX – 800kgs – €2,480;
  • 2 LMX – 630kgs – €1,890;
  • LMX – 625kgs – €1,710;
  • LMX – 550kgs – €1,690;
  • BBX – 405kgs – €1,080;
  • LMX – 720kgs – €2,250;
  • LMX – 580kgs – €1,900;
  • AAX – 525kgs – €1,340;
  • 2 LMX – 420kgs – €1,000;
  • LMX – 720kgs – €2,250;
  • LMX – 625kgs – €2,000;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,890;
  • SIX – 610kgs – €1,750;
  • SAX – 415kgs – €1,410;
  • 2 FRX – 425kgs – €1,000.
Heifer prices

In ring two this week, close to 400 heifers crossed the scales, with lots up to 400 kg averaging out at €3.10/kg and entries 400kg to 500kg levelling out at €2.98/kg and those 500kg averaging €3.02/kg.

There was a BBX heifer born in April 2022, which weighed 325kg and made €1,580 or €4.86/kg and another BBX weighing 435kg sold for €2,100 or €4.83/kg.

  • SIX – 585kgs – €1,640;
  • CH – 610kgs – €1,990;
  • LMX – 670kgs – €1,680;
  • LMX – 670kgs – €1,680;
  • AAX – 510kgs – €1,400;
  • LMX – 705kgs – €2,190;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,880;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1,630;
  • CHX – 550kgs – €1,600;
  • CHX – 545kgs – €1,475;
  • AAX – 520kgs – €1,570;
  • LMX – 450kgs – €1,460;
  • BBX – 340kgs – €1,200;
  • AU – 350kgs – €1,240;
  • AU – 360kgs – €1,180;
  • AU – 380kgs – €1,200.
Dry cow prices

The third ring was in operation as usual for cows with a top call of €2,880 for a pedigree Charolais cow, born in May 2012 and weighing 975kgs.

  • LMX – 665kgs – €1,740;
  • LMX – 775kgs – €1,940;
  • FR – 675kgs – €1,440;
  • BBX – 730kgs – €1,800;
  • CH – 800kgs – €1,910;
  • FR – 585kgs – €1,050;
  • SHX – 600kgs – €1,220;
  • CH – 920kgs – €2,680;
  • CH – 825kgs – €2,470;
  • AAX – 715kgs – €1,600;
  • CH – 910kgs – €2,490;
  • CHX – 950kgs – €2,350;
  • AAX – 715kgs – €1,600;
  • AAX – 740kgs – €1,900;
  • SLX – 805kgs – €2,160;
  • SI – 575kgs – €1,500;
  • SAX – 575kgs – €1,010;
  • LMX – 950kgs – €2,470;
  • LM – 630kgs – €1,560;
  • LMX – 690kgs – €1,910.

Sucklers:

  • May 2013-born BBX cow with a LM bull calf at foot – €2,500.

Stock bull prices:

  • CH – 1,035kgs – €2,240;
  • AU – 625kgs – €1,880;
  • CH – 970kgs – €2,560;
  • LM – 705kgs – €1,900;
  • LM – 585kgs – €1,770;
  • CH – 625kgs – €1,820.

 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 (seasonal). Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays.

Upcoming sales:

The next weanling sale will take place on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at 6 pm.

  • Booking for next Saturday’s sale on May 3rd, followed by weanlings on May 4th by phoning – 0818301401.

Further reading

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