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Prices to €2,800 for heifers and €2,600 for cull cows at Balla

Balla Mart Report – Cattle Prices – 17-09-2022

According to Stephen Hannon, over 1,100 lots crossed the scales in three rings at Aurivo Balla Mart on Saturday, September 17th, 2022.

The manager of Balla Mart and general manager of Aurivo Mart reported that the sale attracted an entry of 500 entries in ring two for its special breeding heifer sale, where prices reached €2,800.

Meanwhile, bullocks topped out at €2,270, cull cows soared to €2,600, and suckler pairs topped out at €2,080.

At the previous week’s sale, prices reached €2,420 in the bullock ring, €2,000 in the heifer ring, €2,270 in the suckler ring and €2,360 in the cull cow ring.

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Balla Mart 17-09-2022

Heifer prices:

Hannon commented: “There were some exceptional breeding heifers which met a more difficult trade; otherwise, the quality heavy ones were holding their own.”

“Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.65/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €2.76/kg.”

“Heavy heifers 500+ averaged €2.79p/kg. There was a Charolais-cross breeding heifer weighing 585kg that made €2,800 or €4.79 p/kg, which a farmer from Dromore West sold.”

“Another lighter Limousin heifer, born in March-2021 weighing 655kg, made €2,540 or 3.88/kg from a farmer from Kilmaine,” Hannon added.

  • LMX – 515kgs – €1,530;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1,280;
  • AAX – 405kgs – €880;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,390;
  • LMX – 510kgs – €1,330;
  • SIX – 620kgs – €1,400 (QA, 30 months);
  • BBX – 540kgs – €1,450;
  • LMX – 715kgs – €1,840;
  • BBX – 535kgs – €1,470;
  • CH – 695kgs – €2,140;
  • PTX – 560kgs – €1,300;
  • LMX – 630kgs – €1,530;
  • CHX – 570kgs – €1,500;
  • CHX – 680kgs – €1,780;
  • AAX – 245kgs – €580;
  • CH – 555kgs –  €1,600;
  • CHX – 585kgs – €2,090;
  • BAX – 500kgs – €1,250;
  • LM – 540kgs –  €1,460;
  • SHX – 485kgs – €1,300;
  • AAX – 645kgs – €1,720;
  • SIX – 730kgs – €1,770 (40 months, non QA);
  • BBX – 505kgs – €1,700;
  • AUX – 440kgs – €1,300;
  • BBX – 470kgs – €1,800.
Bullock prices:

According to Hannon, store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.73/kg, while those 500kg + levelled at €2.76/kg.

The category topper in this ring came in the form of a Charolais, weighing 740kgs, at €2,270, while another 705kg entry topped out at €2,260.

  • HEX – 510kgs – €1,170;
  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,770;
  • CHX – 675kgs – €1,560;
  • CHX – 640kgs – €1,720;
  • LM – 475kgs – €1,390;
  • LMX – 505kgs – €1,480;
  • LMX – 635kgs – €1,560;
  • HEX – 535kgs – €1,160;
  • AAX – 505kgs – €1,250;
  • LMX – 530kgs – €1,580;
  • CHX – 540kgs – €1,590;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,750;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,480;
  • BBX – 555kgs – €1,400;
  • SI – 525kgs – €1,380;
  • CHX – 620kgs – €1,620;
  • LMX – 705kgs – €2,140;
  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,590;
  • SIX – 660kgs –  €1,630;
  • LM – 620kgs – €1,800;
  • SAX – 635kgs – €1,600;
  • CHX – 740kgs – €2,270;
  • CHX – 460kgs – €1,230;
  • FR – 460kgs – €840;
  • AAX – 510kgs – €1,210;
  • PTX – 650kgs – €1,700;
  • SIX – 400kgs – €1,010;
  • LMX – 580kgs – €1,450;
  • CHX – 615kgs – €1,650;
  • CHX – 690kgs – €2,030.
Cull cow prices:

Meanwhile, according to Hannon, prices were “strong” in the cull cow ring with tops of €2,600 for an April-2016-born Limousin-cross, weighing 870kgs. He noted that “prices for cull cows were as good as some heavy bullocks”.

  • CHX – 885kgs – €2,180;
  • LMX – 755kgs – €1,880;
  • SIX – 580kgs – €1,220;
  • AUX – 700kgs – €1,300;
  • LM – 710kgs – €1,620;
  • LMX – 705kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 800kgs – €1,910;
  • CH – 760kgs – €1,840;
  • BBX – 775kgs – €1,770;
  • LMX – 730kgs  €1,590;
  • AAX – 730kgs – €1,450;
  • PTX – 610kgs – €1,490;
  • SAX – 825kgs – €2,190;
  • HEX – 620kgs – €1,370;
  • MOX – 685kgs – €1,560;
  • SIX – 780kgs – €1,550;
  • BBX – 690kgs – €1,730;
  • AAX – 775kgs – €1,700;
  • LMX – 590kgs – €1,250;
  • CHX – 740kgs – €1,620;
  • CH – 910kgs – €2,210;
  • CH – 760kgs – €1,840;
  • CHX – 800kgs – €1,910;
  • CH – 700kgs – €1,450;
  • AAX – 580kgs – €930;
  • SH – 695kgs – €1,350;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,290.
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 (Certain times of year):
  • 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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