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Bullocks to €2,630 and cull cows to €2,600 at Balla Mart

Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 23-04-2022

According to Stephen Hannon, over 900 lots passed through Balla Mart’s three rings on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022.

The mart manager and general manager of Aurivo Marts reported that the sale attracted “some quality beef cattle,” which met with a “great” trade.

Bullocks sold to €2,630, heifers topped out at €2,460, cull cows fetched up to €2,600 and suckler pairs climbed to €2,040.

Speaking following Saturday’s general cattle sale, he said: “Heavy bullocks and cows were ‘wild’ according to some buyers.”

“Online factory and northern buyers pushed proceedings on. There was a smashing clearance in the bullocks with heavy bullocks remaining as pricy as ever.”

Bullock prices:

He reported that bullocks 300kg to 400kg levelled at €2.83/kg, while store bullocks 400kg to 500kg averaged €2.69/kg.

Meanwhile, heavier bullocks 500kg + reported an average price of €2.83/kg with the tops to €3.10/kg.

Top of the town at €2,630 was a Limousin bullock, weighing 840kgs, while another entry, which hit the scales at 785kgs, sold for €2,580.

  • AAX – 595kgs – €1,680;
  • HEX – 555kgs – €1,490;
  • BAX – 570kgs – €1,510;
  • CHX – 410kgs – €890;
  • LM – 570kgs – €1,540;
  • LMX – 470kgs – €1,420;
  • LMX – 490kgs – €1,170;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €2,230 (47 months, non-QA);
  • AAX – 550kgs – €1,370;
  • CHX – 515kgs – €1,380;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,610;
  • LMX – 730kgs – €2,330 (non-QA, 33 months);
  • SIX – 545kgs – €1,480;
  • CHX – 630kgs – €1,980;
  • LMX – 670kgs – €1,890;
  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,860;
  • LMX – 710kgs – €1,960;
  • LMX – 690kgs – €1,870;
  • AUX – 590kgs – €1,870;
  • PTX – 385kgs – €980;
  • BBX – 440kgs – €1,280;
  • 2 IMX – 707.5kg – €2,060.
Heifer prices:

Meanwhile, according to Hannon, the heifer ring saw close to 400 lots come under the hammer.

He explained that heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.76/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg bracket levelled at €2.74/kg and entries 500kg averaged €2.85/kg.

The category topper in this ring came in the form of an April-2020-born Aubrac-cross, which weighed 765kgs and sold for €2,460.

  • CHX – 400kgs – €1,040;
  • CHX – 420kgs – €1,110;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,520 (non-QA, 33 months);
  • CHX – 585kgs – €1,700;
  • CHX – 525kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 570kgs – €1,640;
  • LMX – 500kgs – €1,440;
  • CHX – 585kgs – €1,660;
  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,850;
  • SIX – 700kgs – €2,220;
  • LMX – 340kgs – €1,110;
  • LMX – 475kgs – €1,310;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,440;
  • AAX – 645kgs – €1,730;
  • HEX – 200kgs – €470;
  • BBX – 590kgs – €1,750;
  • SIX – 310kgs – €980;
  • CHX – 575kgs – €1,460;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,800;
  • LMX – 190kgs – €530 (9-months-old);
  • BBX – 265kgs – €530;
  • SI – 415kgs – €1,450.
Dry cow prices

According to Hannon, some 130 cull cows and 39 sucklers were on offer in the third ring.

He said that “dry cow prices were up due to the presence of some Northern Ireland online buyers”.

At €2,600 was an October-2016-born Charolais cull cow, weighing 815kgs, while in the sucklers, a 740kg Charolais with a bull calf at foot changed hands for €2,040.

  • SIX – 630kgs – €1,130;
  • LMX – 795kgs – €2,160;
  • SIX – 720kgs – €1,740;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,460;
  • SAX – 600kgs – €1,480;
  • SIX – 650kgs – €1,430;
  • CHX – 745kgs – €2,050;
  • CH – 830kgs – €2,370;
  • CH – 605kgs – €1,520;
  • CH – 830kgs – €2,270;
  • LMX – 420kgs – €1,050;
  • HEX – 745kgs – €2,090;
  • SIX – 790kgs – €1,710;
  • SI – 605kgs – €1,400;
  • LMX – 710kgs – €2,250;
  • BBX – 755kgs – €2,350;
  • LMX – 685kgs – €1,790;
  • AAX – 560kgs – €1,290;
  • AAX – 640kgs – €1,570;
  • SAX – 630kgs – €1,470;
  • LMX – 685kgs – €1,790;
  • CH – 775kgs – €2,310;
  • LMX – 720kgs – €1,900;
  • LMX – 520kgs – €1,180.
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

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