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‘Calves need to be up to 3-weeks-old and well-fed to command strong prices’

Despite adverse weather conditions, just over 600 lots were offered for sale at Ennis Mart on Tuesday, February 11th, according to a spokesperson.

They noted that trade remained very strong but highlighted that some quality lots were available in all rings.  

“Calf numbers slightly smaller than expected with Friesian bull calves making from €40 to €100.”

AA calves peaked at €200 and a Charolais bull calf realised €450. “Calves need to be up to 3-weeks-old and well-fed to command strong prices.” the spokesperson added.

Pairs in the suckler ring clicked up to €1,900 and in-calf lots peaked at €1,390.  

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“A very strong trade in the bull ring with farmers, bull finishers and some export activity and the heifer trade was driven by farmers and specialised feeders.”

WEANLING BULLS:

  • 1 CHX – 370kgs – €1,020 – €2.76/kg;
  • 1 LM – 350kgs – €1,075 – €3.07/kg;
  • 1 CH – 290kgs – €880 – €3.03/kg;
  • 1 LMX – 400kgs – €1,070 – €2.67/kg;
  • 1 LM – 270kgs – €830 – €3.07/kg;
  • 5 CH – 444kgs – €1,120 – €2.52/kg;
  • 1 CH – 260kgs – €785 – €3.02/kg;
  • 2 LMX – 350kgs – €995 – €2.84/kg;
  • 1 LM – 500kgs – €1,190 – €2.38/kg;
  • 1 LM – 345kgs – €1,035 – €3.00/kg.

WEANLING HEIFERS:

  • 1 LMX – 280kgs – €890 – €3.18/kg;
  • 2 LMX – 380kgs – €990 – €2.61/kg;
  • 2 CH – 280kgs – €780 – €2.78/kg;
  • 1 LMX – 345kgs – €970 – €2.81/kg;
  • 1 CH – 270kgs – €775 – €2.87/kg;
  • 1 CH – 430kgs – €1,090 – €2.53/kg;
  • 1 CH – 360kgs – €1,000 – €2.78/kg;
  • 3 LMX – 371kgs – €960 – €2.58/kg.

SHEEP:

“Again, hogget trade similar to last week with a top call of €142 for 9 at 55kgs.”

“A number of hoggets short of flesh. Cull ewes made from €95 to €121.” the spokesperson concluded.

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