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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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‘Beef cattle are scarce and selling very well’

Loughrea Mart – cattle and sheep prices

According to a spokesperson, plainer store cattle met with an easier trade at Loughrea Mart’s most recent sale.

They reported that “beef cattle are scarce and selling very well”.

“The outlook is also very good as supplies to factories start to dry up,” the spokesperson added.

Loughrea Mart cattle prices:

Bullock prices:
  • LMX – 460kgs – €1,220;
  • LMX – 485kgs – €1,140;
  • AAX – 495kgs – €1,110;
  • CHX – 542kgs – €1,370;
  • LMX – 555kgs – €1,270;
  • 1 LMX – 600kgs – €1,270;
  • LMX – 625kgs – €1,350;
  • CHX – 700kgs – €1,550;
  • SIX – 775kgs – €1,760.
Heifer prices:
  • LMX – 425kgs – €1,100;
  • 1 LMX – 435kgs – €880;
  • LMX – 485kgs – €1,100;
  • LMX – 510kgs – €1,160;
  • CHX – 545kgs – €1,250;
  • CHX – 555kgs – €1,310;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,350;
  • CHX – 660kgs – €1,350;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €1,530.
Weanling prices

The spokesperson reported that prices for weanling bulls and heifers “improved” at last Friday evening’s sale.

“Nice, quality lots are easy to sell,” the spokesperson remarked.

Weanling bull prices:
  • CHX – 255kgs – €730;
  • 1 CHX – 265kgs – €780;
  • CHX – 320kgs – €990;
  • LMX – 350kgs – €1,070;
  • CHX – 375kgs – €1,020;
  • CHX – 415kgs – €1,160.
Weanling heifer prices:
  • CHX – 245kgs – €690;
  • 1 CHX – 265kgs – €750;
  • CHX – 270kgs – €800;
  • BBX – 325kgs – €720;
  • LMX – 342kgs – €890;
  • CHX – 365kgs – €900.
Sheep prices

Meanwhile, according to the spokesperson, prices for “well-fleshed” lambs from 48-55kgs, were “up by as much as €12/head” at last Thursday’s sale.

“This looks set to continue as lamb numbers are drying up. Prices topped at €168/head for a pen of heavy cull ewes. All in all, a very good lamb sale.

Lamb prices:
  • 35kgs – €121;
  • 42kgs – €130;
  • 43kgs – €134;
  • 46kgs – €146;
  • 47kgs – €164;
  • 51kgs – €170;
  • 52kgs – €170.
Other categories:
  • Cull ewe prices – €90-€168/head.
Cattle and sheep sales the previous week:  

The spokesperson reported that prices were up by €3-€5/head at the previous week’s sheep sale.

Furthermore, they added that weanling prices fell as farmers have filled their orders.

Also, they outlined that prices at their general cattle sale were “not as good as they were but quality was not as good either”.

“Cull cows sold very well, while feeding cows have come back in price,” the spokesperson added.

To share your story, email – catherina@thatsfarming.com

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