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Friesian bull calves realise €235/head at Ennis

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Ennis Mart Report – Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Ennis Mart report. A smaller entry of bull and heifer weanlings went under the hammer at the Clare-based venue on Tuesday (February 16th), according to a spokesperson who noted that calf numbers are increasing.

A large entry of suckler stock included a clearance sale for Pallaskenry Agricultural College with a top call of €1,850 for pairs in this ring and up to €1,830 for in-calf entries.

“Calves were a great trade. Some excellent Friesian bull calves on offer, and these made up to €235. The lighter shipping-type calves made from €50 to €90.”

“Continental bull calves made to €430, Aberdeen Angus heifer calves made to €250 and bulls sold to €300.”

“It must be said, the demand is, for good calves of four weeks of age. Quality was more variable in both bull and heifer weanlings, but quality held a fine trade.” the spokesperson added as they remarked at calf numbers are increasing.

Weanling bulls:
  • 3 CHX 368kgs – €1,100 – €2.98/kg;
  • 2 LMX 367kgs – €1,080 – €2.94/kg;
  • CH 305kgs – €1,000 – €3.28/kg;
  • LMX 280kgs – €920 – €3.28/kg;
  • 3 CH 433kgs – €1,140 – €2.63/kg;
  • 2 CHX 295kgs – €860 – €2.91/kg;
  • LMX 500kgs – €1,290 – €2.58/kg;
  • LMX 345kgs – €1,070 – €3.10/kg;
  • 2 HEX 312kgs – €680 – €2.18/kg;
  • AA 425kgs – €890 – €2.09/kg;
  • 3 AA 273kgs – €630 – €2.31/kg;
  • FR 390kgs – €720 – €1.85/kg.
Weanling heifers:
  • AA – 290kgs – €710 – €2.45/kg;
  • 3 CH – 295kgs – €830 – €2.81/kg;
  • HEX – 435kgs – €810 – €1.86/kg;
  • 4 LMX – 290kgs – €820 – €2.82/kg;
  • 2 LM – 245kgs – €750 – €3.06/kg;
  • LMX – 440kgs – €1,150 – €2.61/kg;
  • CHX – 380kgs – €1,070 – €2.81/kg;
  • 3 CHX – 451kgs – €1,140- €2.52/kg;
  • LMX – 310kgs – €1,050 – €3.38/kg;
  • 2 CH – 357kgs – €990 – €2.71/kg.
Last week

Just under 900 entries were offered for sale at Ennis Mart on Tuesday, February 9th, according to a spokesperson.

They noted that some 60 calves met with a “good” trade but stressed that buyers are in the market for calves that are at least 3-weeks-old, and well-fed.

“Top price in this ring was for a Charolais bull calf of a month old, and he made €545. Friesian bull calves generally made from €45 to €85 with a few better lots making €90 to €135. Aberdeen-Angus calves made from €155 to €40.”

Again, a strong entry of suckler stock and pairs fetched from €1,500 to €2,170, while in-calf lots ranged from €1,400 to €2,190.

“A fair few heavy bull weanlings but good stock, and this helped maintain the price. A few exceptional heifers made very fancy prices today and hit €4.07 per kg. Overall, trade was very solid, but quality was good.” the spokesperson added.

Mart information
  • Address: Ennis weanlings & sheep Mart Quin Rd, Bunnow, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • County: Clare – Town: Ennis
  • Phone: (065) 682-4411
  • Email: info@claremarts.ie
Upcoming sales at Ennis Mart:
  • Every Tuesday: Weanlings, dairy & suckler stock, runners, calves, sheep bull weanlings @11am. Heifers weanlings @ 12:30 and calf sale @10.30
  • Every Thursday: bullocks, heifers, dry cows & aged bulls. bullocks @11:00am and cows @10.30
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