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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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‘Grass’ buyers emerging at Castlerea Mart

Castlerea Mart report – cattle prices – 18-03-2021

A large entry went under the hammer at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, March 18th, 2021, according to Brendan Egan.

The mart manager noted that ‘grass’ buyers were out in force in an attempt to secure stock for summer feeding.

Bullocks peaked at €2.61/kg, while heifers sold to €2.94/kg with northern demand evident in both rings.

“Weanlings continue to be a fine trade also with the quality weanling heifers, in particular, reaching €4.24/kg.”

“The dry cow trade continues to witness strong demand with prices peaking at €2.18/kg. With good numbers on offer, the calf trade remained good – depending on the quality of the lots on offer. Plainer dairy-cross lots remain hard sold.” Egan added.

Castlerea Mart 18-03-2021 – Summary with prices: 

Bullocks:

  • LMX – 485KGS – €1270;
  • CH – 460KGS – €1200;
  • LM – 525KGS – €1340;
  • CHX – 520KGS – €1270;
  • CH – 585KGS – €1440;
  • AAX – 560KGS – €1410;
  • LM – 605KGS – €1450;
  • CH – 785KGS – €1790;
  • AA – 675KGS – €1520.

Heifers:

  • LM – 420KGS – €1080;
  • LM – 400KGS – €1050;
  • LM – 350KGS – €1030;
  • LM – 455KGS – €1270;
  • AA – 485KGS – €1270;
  • BBX – 470KGS – €1210;
  • CHX – 715KGS – €1570;
  • CH – 625KGS – €1470;
  • PTX 625KGS €1430

Dry cows:

  • CH – 870KGS – €1680;
  • CH – 755KGS – €1590;
  • LM – 675KGS – €1410;
  • LM – 635KGS – €1390;
  • BBX – 745KGS – €1370.
  • Suckler pairs and springers
  • Cows with calves at foot made up to €1160
  • Springer cows made from €930 to €1140

Calves:

  • Continental-crosses ranged from €250 to €340;
  • Hereford and Angus-crosses made from €180 to €300;
  • Friesian-cross made from €25 to €90.

Weanling bulls:

  • CH – 255KGS – €780;
  • LM – 430KGS – €1000;
  • CH – 295KGS – €840;
  • CH – 295KGS – €820;
  • CH – 315KGS – €990;
  • CH – 435KGS – €1200;
  • CH – 225KGS – €760.

Weanling heifers:

  • LM – 295KGS – €1030;
  • LM – 280KGS – €960;
  • CH – 365KGS – €1550;
  • CH – 360KGS – €1330;
  • SI – 325KGS – €1110;
  • CH – 345KGS – €1010;
  • LM – 275KGS – €880.
Castlerea Mart report – cattle prices – 11-03-2021

Despite inclement weather conditions, trade held up “very well” for all categories of stock at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, according to Brendan Egan.

The mart manager reported that additional buyers were in the market for stock for further feeding.

“The bullock and heifer rings reported good clearances, with bullocks peaking at €2.65/kg and heifers peaking €2.86/kg. The dry cows trade remains very strong also with cows reaching €1,980 or €2.22/kg.”

“More farmer activity has led to weanling price increases, while the calf trade was very good this week with better quality calves on offer. Breeding stock numbers continue to grow, with better quality lots commanding some fancy prices.” Egan added.

Further 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 here.
  • Sale day: Sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners, and weanlings every Thursday – Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions in place.
Further reading: 

Read more mart reports on That’s Farming by clicking here.

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