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Videos: Pairs to €3,200 and dry cows to €2,550 in Balla

Farming News/Mart Reports on That’s Farming (www.thatsfarming.com) – Aurivo Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 02-09-2023

According to Stephen Hannon, Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, saw a bumper entry of stock at Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo, with three rings in operation.

Circa 100 dry cows, over 20 suckler pairs, 450 heifers, 300 bullocks and 7 stock bulls crossed the scales at its most recent general cattle sale ahead of its opening weanling show and show on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.

Bullock prices

According to the general manager of Aurivo Marts and manager of Balla Mart, bullock averages were up by 10c/kg for all weights categories.

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.93/kg, while entries in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €2.80/kg and heavier types north of 500kg sold for an average of €2.81/kg.

Hannon commented: “Quality, heavy bullocks 700kg+ were making between €1,400 to €1,500 with the weight.”

“The best of the heavy bullocks were bought by northern factory buyers. A 685kg AAX, aged 28 months and quality assured, topped at €2,220 or 3.25/kg.”

  • CH – 580kgs – €1,340;
  • CHX – 560kgs – €1,340;
  • CHX – 580kgs -€1,540;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,550;
  • MAX – 560kgs – €1,400;
  • BBX – 510kgs – €1,300;
  • LMX – 690kgs – €1,920;
  • AAX – 620kgs – €1,750;
  • AAX – 520kgs – €1,380;
  • CHX – 630kgs – €1,750;
  • LMX – 500kgs – €1,410;
  • LMX – 590kgs – €1,670;
  • CHX – 695kgs – €1,940;
  • LMX – 500kgs – €1,480;
  • CHX – 680kgs – €1,900;
  • CHX – 735kgs – €2,040;
  • LMX – 670kgs – €1,760;
  • CHX – 755kgs – €2,060;
  • LMX – 720kgs – €2,110;
  • AAX – 730kgs – €1,730;
  • AAX – 735kgs – €1,920.

Heifer prices

Meanwhile, ring two, saw a special feeding heifer sales, with light stores from 300 – 400kg averaging 2.71/kg, while entries from 400kg to 500kg levelled at €2.90/kg and those north of 500kg+ sold for 2.81p/kg on average.

Top of the price table in this ring was a LMX, weighing 560kg, that made €2,100 or €3.75/kg.

  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,760;
  • CHX – 625kgs – €1,600;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,480;
  • CHX – 515kgs – €1,310;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,620;
  • CHX – 530kgs – €1,550;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,460;
  • LMX – 605kgs – €1,580;
  • AAX – 545kgs – €1,420;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,540;
  • CHX – 590kgs – €1,660;
  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,700;
  • AAX – 605kgs – €1,480;
  • CHX – 550kgs – €1,670;
  • BBX – 715kgs – €1,940;
  • CHX – 675kgs – €1,970.

Dry cows

In the dry cow ring, continental types ranged from €2.40-€2.80/kg, with some younger, well-conformed types just shy of €3.00/kg, on the back of activity from local, factory and northern buyers.

Top of the town in this ring was a 1,005kg Limousin cow, that made €2,550 or €2.54/kg.

  • LMX – 715kgs – €1,670;
  • LMX – 810kgs – €1,960;
  • SI – 615kgs – €1,380;
  • HEX – 605kgs – €1,200;
  • LMX – 730kgs – €1,900;
  • LMX – 755kgs – €2,200;
  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,640;
  • CHX – 725kgs – €1,810;
  • FR – 695kgs – €1,230;
  • SI – 775kgs – €1,980;
  • SH – 510kgs – €800;
  • BBX – 610kgs – €1,290;
  • LMX – 760kgs – €1,870;
  • FR – 580kgs – €850;
  • LMX – 730kgs – €1,860.

Suckler pairs

Following the previous week’s record price for a suckler pair (€4,650 as reported by us in this news article), there was an increased offering of suckler stock, with strong farmer demand for all types.

At €3,200, with a combined weight of 1,095kgs, was a 2018-born LMX cow, with her January-born Tomschoice Imperial heifer calf, and due to the AI Limousin bull, EBY, the end of November.

€2,620 team

€2,440 team

€2,550 team

€1,800 team

Stock bull prices:

  • CH – 1,005kgs – 27-02-2019 – €2,120;
  • AA – 870kgs – 13-09-2020 – €1,720;
  • LM – 730kgs – 20-06-2019 – €1,620;
  • FRX out of SIX dam – 735kgs –  21-10-2021 – €1,490.

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