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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 prices in marts as factory prices tumble

In this news article, That’s Farming, takes a look at prices in marts across the country, as quotes tumble in beef factories.

Aurivo Balla Mart

According to Stephen Hannon, manager of Balla Mart, just over 700 lots came under the hammer across three rings at Saturday’s (May 20th, 2023), general cattle sale.

He reported that “numbers are dropping, but prices are remaining strong”, with prices to €2,960 in the bullock ring, up to €2,700 for suckler pairs, up to €2,060 for heifers, and highs of €2,550 for cull cows.

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €3.23/kg, while stores in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €3.19/kg and heavier types, north of 500kg, sold for €3.19/kg on average.

Hannon noted: “Quality, heavy bullocks 700kg+ were making up to €1,650 with the weight, but one, in particular, made 2200 over the kg.”

“He was an exceptional Charolais bullock and possibly one of the best prices with the kg recorded at the venue.”

He came in the form of an April-2021-born 760kg entry at €2,960 or €3.89/kg.

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Dowra Mart

According to a spokesperson for Dowra Mart, just shy of 550 lots came under the hammer at its general cattle sale on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.

They reported that trade was “steady; however, heavier cattle in both rings were slightly dearer this week”.

Cull cows soared to €2710 for a CHX weighing 910kg, while a CH stock bull maxed out at €2520.

In the other rings, a CHX bullock weighing 650kg found a new owner at €2140, while a BBX bull weanling weighing 550kg found a new owner at €2280 and a LMX cow with a heifer calf at foot sold for €2800.

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Ennis Mart

According to a spokesperson at Ennis Mart, a slightly smaller entry of just shy of 600 lots passed through the rings at Tuesday’s (May 23rd, 2023), cattle sale.

The spokesperson reported that the sale saw an increased numbers of calves, with Hereford-crosses making from €150 to €320 and Aberdeen Angus calves selling from €145 to €365.

Meanwhile, Friesian calves ranged from €120 to €265, and continentals maxed out at €560 for a Charolais heifer calf.

Again, a “strong “entry of suckler stock saw pairs hit €2,360 and in-calf lots made to €1,820.

The spokesperson remarked: “A very strong trade prevailed for bull weanlings, with shippers and farmers active in this ring.”

“In the heifer ring, it was all farmer activity and again, some top lots achieving very strong prices. Overall, heifer prices were a shade easier on the previous week,” the spokesperson added.

Read more on this mart report.

Kanturk Mart

According to Seamus O’Keeffe, some 580 animals, including 270 calves, came under the hammer at Kanturk Mart on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023.

He reported that cull cows made over €2.00/kg and store bullocks and heifers climbed to €3.00/kg.

Read more on this report.

Tuam Mart

According to Marion Devane, a “strong” trade prevailed at Tuam Mart on Monday, May 22nd, 2023.

The mart manager reported that cull cows topped out at €2,400, while heifers peaked at €2,500, and bullocks sold for up to €1,960.

Read report with sample prices for all categories.

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