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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-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 company in 2015.
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Increased demand for breeding stock at Castlerea

Castlerea Mart report – cattle prices – 01-04-2021

Castlerea Mart’s weekly cattle sale, held on Thursday, April 1st, 2021, attracted some 700 entries, according to Brendan Egan.

The mart manager reported that prices held firm as “buyers continue to source stock despite the recent weather conditions”.

“Heifers were in strong demand again this week, while the weanling rings reported good clearances. Top-quality weanling exceeded €3.00/kg in both rings.”

“The dry cow trade is holding firm with €2.26/kg. Breeding stock continues to rise in price as increased interest was shown this week, while the calf trade was very strong also with prices reaching €440.” Egan added.

Castlerea Mart 01-04-2021
Heifers:
  • CH – 425KGS – €1100;
  • LM – 485KGS – €1260;
  • SAX – 440KGS – €1190;
  • CH – 385KGS – €1070;
  • LM – 635KGS – €1560;
  • CH – 530KGS – €1370;
  • LM – 445KGS – €1160;
  • CH – 605KGS – €1440.
Dry cows:
  • HEX – 465KGS – €750;
  • LM – 815KG – €1770;
  • CH – 790KGS – €1710;
  • SHX – 755KGS – €1560;
  • LM – 650KGS – €1470;
  • FR – 485KGS – €640.
Suckler pairs and springers
  • Cows with calves at foot made from €1080 to €1,920/pair
  • Springer cows went under the hammer from €940 to €1470 per head.
Calves:
  • FR bulls – €65;
  • AA bulls – €260;
  • SHX heifer – €400;
  • AA bulls – €280;
  • HEX heifer – €260;
  • BB heifer – €385.
Weanling bulls:
  • AAX – 275KGS – €850;
  • LM – 285KGS – €840;
  • LMX – 240KGS – €840;
  • CH – 390KGS – €1160;
  • CH – 340KGS – €1040;
  • LM – 310KGS – €1080;
  • CH – 460KGS – €1190.
Weanling heifers:
  • LM – 283KGS – €870;
  • LM – 290KGS – €800;
  • CH – 360KGS – €1100;
  • LM – 330KGS – €1050;
  • CH – 350KGS – €990;
  • LM – 330KGS – €970;
  • CH – 290KGS – €830.
Bullocks – 29-03-2021  

Some 180 entries went under the hammer at the mart’s bullock sale on Monday, March 29th, according to Egan.

He reported a “good” trade as lots made up to €2.76/kg or €1,010 over the weight.

Bullock prices:
  • CH – 485KGS – €1340;
  • CH – 525KGS – €1370;
  • AA – 505KGS – €1320;
  • AA – 560KGS – €1420;
  • CH – 635KGS – €1530;
  • CH – 600KGS – €1460;
  • LM – 720KGS – €1730;
  • CH – 665KGS – €1550.
Cattle prices last week

Farmers, exporters, and Northern demand drove the trade at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, March 25th, 2021, according to Brendan Egan.

The mart manager reported that the heifer ring saw prices peak at €3.03 a kilo, while the weanling rings reported good clearances as farmers were “anxious this week to source stock”.

“Numbers of stock presented for sale continue to grow as trade and prices are holding very strong again this week. The dry cow trade and breeding stock are also in strong demand while the calf trade was good for the quality lots.”

Castlerea Mart information
  • Address: Castlerea Co-operative Livestock Mart, 1 Main St, Demesne, Castlerea, Co. Mayo
  • Contact details: Phone the mart office on: (094) 962 0300 – or see Castlerea Mart website here.
  • Sale day: Bullock sales on Monday. Sale of heifers, cows, calves, running and weanlings on Thursdays. All sales commence at 11am. Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions in place.
Further reading: 

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