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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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Talking Trade: A look at cattle prices this week

In this news article, That’s Farming, looks back at cattle prices in livestock marts over the last week.

Aurivo Balla Mart

A Belgian Blue-cross is making headlines on That’s Farming for a second time after topping the dry cow category in Aurivo Balla Mart, Co Mayo, for a second occasion in the space of seven months.

The cow, which was born in September 2015 and is herself by ADJ, going back to BYU and out of a BBX dam, crossed the scales at 820kgs at Saturday’s sale (May 27th, 2023) and made €3,260 or €3.98/kg for a local seller, following a flurry of activity.

As previously reported by That’s Farming, the black-and-white female was acquired in the same ring, by Saturday’s seller, on October 15th, 2022, where she again, sold suitable for breeding, including flushing, the purpose of which she reportedly successfully served, for €3,320 (€3.67/kg) and weighed in at 905kgs.

Ahead of Saturday’s sale, the seller, in an advertisement, described her as a “Belgian Blue show cow cycling every three weeks and suitable for flushing”.

Read more on this news story.

Dowra Mart

According to a spokesperson for Dowra Mart, just under 550 cattle changed hands at Saturday’s (May 27th, 2023) sale.

Dry cows peaked at €2440 for a CHX, weighing 840kg, while a CH stock bull fetched €3100.

Meanwhile, a light CHX bullock weighing 230kg topped out at €960, while a CHX heifer weighing 710kg sold for €2280 and a CHX bullock, weighing in at 625kg, found a new owner at €1890.

In the suckler ring, a pedigree Saler cow with a CHX bull calf at foot went under the hammer at €3,060.

Trade, the spokesperson reported, was “similar to the previous week with some very strong prices for heavy cattle in both rings were slightly dearer”.

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Ennis Mart

According to a spokesperson for Ennis Mart, Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, saw a smaller entry of just over 400 lots, including 130 calves, cross the scales.

They noted that “bull weanlings met a good trade and made to €4.48/kg, while heifer weanlings met with serious demand, both at the ringside and online, and these made to €4.35/kg.

Meanwhile, a mixed run of sucklers ranged from €1,040 to €2,260 at Tuesday’s sale.

The spokesperson noted that “some very good, strong” calves were on offer with Hereford-crosses from €165 to €420, while Aberdeen Angus-crosses ranged from €160 to €300 and continental calves peaked at €520.

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Kilkenny Mart

According to George Candler, a smaller entry comprising some 620 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday, June 1st, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that cull cows and heifers met with a full clearance, while 98% of bullocks found new homes.

He reported: “All numbers were small as many farmers are concentrating on silage or haymaking.”

“Beef animals, plus forward stores were in very short supply, which may well suggest that factories stating that they have no shortage of beef may be somewhat exaggerated,” he remarked.

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Tuam Mart

According to Marion Devane, manager of Tuam Mart, Monday, May 29th, 2023, saw a “powerful” cattle trade.

At the general cattle sale, cull cows maxed out at €2,250, while heifers hit €2,160, bullocks fetched up to €1,780, weanling bulls made up to €1,310 and weanling heifers climbed to €1,290.

Read more on this mart report.

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