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Blessington: Weather drives fewer numbers with prices to €800 over the kg

Blessington Mart – Cattle Prices – 15-12-2022

According to a spokesperson for Blessington Mart, there was a smaller cattle sale on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, due to weather conditions.

They reported that a “very good trade prevailed for all classes” as its final cattle sale of the year.

Feeding cows changed hands from €260-€520 over, while beef cows went under the hammer from €600-€800 over the kg.

Meanwhile, in the bullock ring, continental stores made from €460-€960 over, while Hereford and Angus stores clicked from €360-€680 over.

Then, in terms of heifers, continental stores pushed from €450-€800 over, while Hereford and Angus stores sold from €360-€680 over the weight.

This week’s sheep prices

As was the case with yesterday’s cattle sale, a smaller entry of sheep turned out for its sale on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022.

The spokesperson cited weather conditions as the main driver of fewer numbers but reported that there was “a good trade for all classes”.

Prices as follows:

  • Lighter ewes – €86-€124/head;
  • Heavy ewes – €126-€146/head;
  • Store lambs over 35kgs – €85-€108 or €50-€73 over;
  • Store lambs over 40kgs – €110-€126 or €73-€90 over;
  • Factory lambs – €126-€150 or €85-€100 over;
  • Heavy lambs – €150-€155 or €100-€108 over.
Last week’s cattle prices

Again, weather conditions drove a smaller entry to its cattle sale last Thursday (December 8th, 2022), but nevertheless, a “strong” trade prevailed for both beef and store cattle.

  • Feeding cows – €280-€550 over;
  • Beef cows – €560-€1,000 over;
  • HE/AA store heifers – €380-€640 over;
  • Continental store heifers – €460-€890 over;
  • HE/AA store bullocks – €380-€660 over;
  • Continental store bullocks – €500-€1,040 over.
Last week’s sheep prices

According to a spokesperson, “large” numbers of sheep came under the hammer at its sale on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022.

They reported that a “steady” trade prevailed for quality lots, while plainer types were “harder sold”.

  • Lighter ewes – €86-€124/head;
  • Heavy ewes – €125-€145/head;
  • Store lambs over 30kgs – €60-€86 or €30-€57 over;
  • Store lambs over 35kgs – €84-€109 or €49-€67 over;
  • Lambs over 40kgs – €110-124 or €71-€85 over;
  • Factory lambs – €124-€147 or €86-€98 over;
  • Heavy lambs – €147-€153 or €96-€101 over.
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