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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-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 firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Prices to €1,720 over but plainer lots a harder sell at Raphoe

Ann Harkin – Raphoe Mart – 16-06-2022

According to Ann Harkin, Thursday’s (June 16th, 2022) general cattle sale at Raphoe Mart drew a “large” entry of stock.

The mart manager noted that quality lots met with a “similar trade to previous weeks”, while some plainer types were more difficult to sell, especially those of a lighter weight.

Moreover, she noted that demand “was evident” for strong forward cattle, with many changing hands from €2.60/kg to €3/kg. Furthermore, on occasions, she noted that up to €3.50/kg was recorded for quality lots.

At Thursday’s sale, medium weights also met what she described as a “brisk” as prices ranged from €2.70/kg to €3.50/kg.

Furthermore, quality, lighter lots were “easily sold” around the ring and online, as they made from €3/kg and upwards. Plainer lots, on the other hand, were “more difficult to sell”, reaching between €2.20/kg to €2.90/kg.

Raphoe Mart 16-06-2022

  • Heifers varied from €2.20/kg to €3.50/kg;
  • Fat cows fetched from €800/head to €2180/head;
  • Bulls/bullocks pushed from €2.20/kg to €3.40/kg.


  • Bulls over 600kgs – €1575 to €1720 over the weight;
  • Beef bullocks – €1035 to €1185 over the weight;
  • Store bullocks – €475 to €1240 over the weight;
  • Beef heifers – €750 to €1535 over the weight;
  • Store heifers – €400 to €890 over the weight.

This week’s sheep prices

According to Ann Harkin, spring lambs sold for up to €176 at Monday’s (June 13th) sale, while fat ewes topped out at €250/head.

Spring lamb prices:

  • €100 to €140 for 30-37kgs;
  • €140 to €168 for 38-45kgs;
  • €168 to €176 for 45-55kgs.

Other categories:

  • Fat ewes sold from €100 to €250 each
This week’s cattle prices

According to Ann Harkin, demand for stock “remained high” at Raphoe Mart’s cattle sale on Thursday, June 9th, 2022.

The mart manager reported that trade was “on par” with previous weeks. Strong, forward cattle were “highly sought after”, with many changing hands from €2.80/kg to €3.50/kg.

Medium weights went under the hammer from €2.70/kg to €3.60/kg, while lighter weights sold from €2.80/kg to €3.80/kg.

Friesian cattle traded from €1.80/kg to €2.60/kg, and Aberdeen Angus cattle ranged from €2.40/kg to €3.20/kg.

Mart information:

  • Address: Raphoe Livestock Mart, Lifford, County Donegal.
  • Contact: 074 914 5385
  • Sale days: Sheep sale – Mondays at 11 a.m. Cattle sale – Thursdays at 11 a.m.

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