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VIDEO: Heifers to €2,980 at Balla Mart

According to Stephen Hannon, another large entry went under the hammer at Balla Mart, Co Mayo, on Saturday, November 6th, 2021.

The manager of Balla Mart and general manager of Aurivo Marts reported that some heavy bullocks and heifers with breeding potential made “exceptional” prices.

“Lesser stock were harder to sell as they showed signs of the weather,” he remarked.

Balla Mart 06-11-2021:  

Bullock prices:

Hannon reported that 300kg to 400kg bullocks averaged €2.46/kg, while stores levelled at €2.35/kg and heavier bullocks 500kg + averaged €2.32/kg.

“Heavy bullocks 700kg+ still made over €1,000 with the weight due to Northern and factory buyers.”

He reported that the top price in this ring was €1,600 for a 720kg entry, born in July-2019.

  • AAX – 605kgs – €1,280;
  • CHX – 525kgs – €1,260;
  • CHX – 605kgs – €1,520;
  • LMX – 715kgs – €1,600;
  • CHX – 470kgs – €1,120;
  • SIX – 500kgs – €900;
  • CHX – 565kgs – €1,300;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,240;
  • AAX – 400kgs – €830;
  • SIX – 575kgs – €1,210;
  • LMX – 610kgs – €1,450;
  • 1 LMX – 580kgs – €1,350;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,380;
  • AAX – 735kgs – €1,540;
  • MO – 525kgs – €850;
  • AAX – 450kgs – €1,030;
  • BBX – 620kgs – €1,390;
  • 2 SAX – 468.3kgs – €1,050;
  • LMX – 490kgs – €1,190;
  • LM – 485kgs – €1,230;
  • FRX – 455kgs – €590 (4 owners, non-QA, 21-months);
  • CHX – 425kgs – €1,410;
  • CHX – 545kgs – €1,290;
  • AAX – 640kgs – €1,310 (20 months, non-QA, 3 owners);
  • BBX – 605kgs – €1,460;
  • CHX – 450kgs – €1,180;
  • CHX – 705kgs – €1,600;
  • SIX – 395kgs – €790 (24-months, 1 owner, non-QA);
  • AAX – 600kgs – €1,190;
  • CHX – 530kgs – €1,100.
Heifer prices

According to Hannon, over 300 heifers went under the hammer in ring two.

He reported that heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.32/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg bracket averaged €2.34/kg and heifers 500kg+ maintained the previous week’s average of €2.38/kg.

The highest-priced lot in this ring was a January-2020-born 725kg pedigree-non registered Charolais with breeding potential, at €2,980 (€4.11/kg).

According to the mart, the heifer is out of Fiston and a Mogador-cross CF52 dam.

  • CHX – 340kgs – €920;
  • AAX – 420kgs – €890;
  • CHX – 395kgs – €1,660;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,460;
  • LMX – 545kgs – €1,140;
  • SI – 440kgs – €820;
  • AAX – 510kgs – €1,030;
  • AUX – 560kgs – €1,170;
  • LMX – 445kgs – €1,010;
  • AAX – 405kgs – €720;
  • LM – 650kgs – €1,920;
  • LM – 500kgs – €1,370;
  • CHX – 655kgs – €1,740;
  • LMX – 620kgs – €1,510;
  • CHX – 465kgs – €1,080;
  • AA – 495kgs – €940;
  • SI – 440kgs – €820;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,140;
  • 1 CHX – 440kgs – €960;
  • CHX – 445kgs – €1,090;
  • LMX – 303kgs – €720;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,120;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,000;
  • AAX – 305kgs – €575;
  • SAX – 430kgs – €950;
  • LMX – 465kgs – €1,130;
  • LMX – 490kgs – €1,150 (28 months, non-QA).
Cull cow prices

Suckler pairs made up to €2,360 – a price for a 2016-born LMX cow with a SIX heifer calf (3-months-old) at foot.

Meanwhile, just under 200 cull cows were on offer, with prices to €2,080. Hannon reported that factory and Northern customers made their presence felt.

  • CH – 875kgs – €2,080 [40 months, no-calf registered];
  • CHX – 855kgs – €1,890 [50 months, no-calf registered]
  • CHX – 695kgs – €1,190;
  • HEX – 615kgs – €920;
  • SIX – 725kgs – €1,380;
  • LMX – 810kgs – €1,560;
  • LMX – 625kgs – €1,260;
  • AAX – 780kgs – €1,450;
  • LMX – 555kgs – €1,080;
  • SAX – 675kgs – €1,150;
  • SHEX – 550kgs – €690;
  • SHX – 705kgs – €1,080;
  • LM – 630kgs – €1,150;
  • BBX – 680kgs – €1,380;
  • BBX – 695kgs – €1,330;
  • SAX – 815kgs – €1,390;
  • FR – 600kgs – €380;
  • LMX – 595kgs – €860;
  • MOX – 730kgs – €1,030;
  • LMX – 650kgs – €900;
  • LM – 780kgs – €1,860;
  • LMX – 770kgs – €1,680;
  • CHX – 900kgs – €1,920;
  • LMX – 650kgs – €900;
  • BBX – 710kgs – €1,190;
  • AAX – 825kgs – €1,270;
  • HE – 790kgs – €1,510;
  • CHX – 785kgs – €1,470;
  • SIX – 665kgs – €1,000;
  • FRX – 595kgs – €550;
  • SP – 550kgs – €470.
Stock bull prices:
  • CH – 1000kgs – €1,600;
  • CH – 915kgs – €1,350;
  • FR – 500kgs – €800.
Balla Mart information:
  • Address: Aurivo Balla Mart, Carrowntober, Oughter, Co. Mayo
  • Contact information: Phone: 094-9365068 or see Aurivo’s website.
  • Sale days:Weanlings: Tuesdays. Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays with rings as follows:
  • 1:Bullocks at 10:30 am Saturday ringside and online.
  • 2:Heifers at 10:30 am Saturday ringside and online
  • 3:Dry Cows/breeding bulls & springers at 10:45 am/11 am ringside and online.
Tuesday weanling sales:
  • Ring 1: Bull weanlings at 10:30 am Tuesday ringside and online.
  • Ring 2: Heifer weanlings at 10:45 am Tuesday ringside and online.
  • Intake time 07:00 am to 09:30 am on Saturdays. 08:00 am to 09:30 am on Tuesdays.

Further reading

That’s Farming previously profiled Stephen Hannon, general manager of Aurivo Marts and manager of Balla Mart – Read this article by Stephen Hannon here.

Mart reports

Read more mart reports (cattle and sheep prices) on That’s Farming.

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