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Prices top at €2,520 at Headford

Headford Mart – Cattle Prices – 21-01-2023

According to a spokesperson, there was a “full clearance” of stock at Headford Mart on Saturday, January 21st, 2023.

They described trade for dry cows as “smashing” as returns in this ring reached just shy of €3.00/kg with sample prices as follows –

  • 635KG – FR – €1350/€2.13/KG;
  • 770KG – HEX – €1870/€2.43/KG;
  • 520KG – AAX – €820/€1.58/KG;
  • 675KG – LM – €2000/€2.96/KG;
  • 740KG – BBX – €1930/€2.61/KG;
  • 730KG – CHX – €2060/€2.82/KG;
  • 950KG – CH €2520/€2.65/KG.
In-calf entries:
  • 860KG – CHX – €2000/€2.33/KG;
  • 700KG – CHX €2000/€2.86/KG;
  • 595KG – AAX – €1330/€2.24/KG;
  • 430KG – SHX – €1140/€2.65/KG.
  • The CH bull made €2120/ €2.20/KG.

Bullock numbers, the spokesperson reported, were “small but pricey”:

  • 495KG – LMX – €1670/€3.37/KG;
  • 530KG – CHX – €1530/€2.98/KG;
  • 570KG – LMX – €1840/€3.23/KG;
  • 400KG – HEX – €960/€2.40/KG;
  • 605KG – CHX – €1940/€3.21/KG;
  • 485KG – AAX – €1190/€2.45/KG.

The spokesperson noted that aged heifer numbers were “good” with prices to €3.23/Kg.

  • 453KG – AAX – €1290/€2.85/KG;
  • 555KG – LMX – €1540/€2.77/KG;
  • 575KG – LMX – €1860/€2.32/KG;
  • 575KG – CHX – €1800/€3.13/KG;
  • 575KG – SPX – €1500/€2.61/KG;
  • 550KG – FR – €1080/€1.96/KG;
  • 485KG -LMX – €1440/€2.97/KG.

Weanling bulls ranged from €2.64 – €3.43/kg with an average of €3.09/Kg.

  • 230KG – LM €790/€3.43KG;
  • 435KG – LMX €1290/€2.97/KG;
  • 420KG – CHX – €1230/€2.93/KG;
  • 355KG – CH – €1150/€3.19/KG;
  • 340KG – CHX €1100/€3.24/KG;
  • 295KG – SAX €960/€3.25/KG;
  • 450KG – LMX – €1190/€2.64/KG.

Weanling heifers ranged from €2.68-€3.33 per Kg with an average of over €3.09/Kg.

  • 348KG – LMX – €1160/€3.33/KG;
  • 340KG – CHX – €1100/€3.24/KG;
  • 258KG – AAX – €800/€3.10/KG;
  • 220KG – BBX – €660/€3.00/KG;
  • 268KG – LMX – €710/€2.68/KG;
  • 215KG – CHX – €660/€3.07/KG.
Sheep prices

Sheep numbers were “small”, but a full clearance of what was available was reported across the board by the spokesperson.

Culls included 2 95Kgs €140 each. Pen of 16 50Kgs €50 each.

Lambs “faired better” with four 48Kgs making €120. 18 59Kgs making €150, 12 62Kgs made €154 and eleven 36Kgs made €95.

Previous week’s prices

While the cattle yard was “light in numbers”, prices were “strong” throughout at Headford Mart’s opening sale of 2023 on Saturday, January 14th, 2023.

That is according to its interim manager, Joyce Whelan, who reported that the sale generated a full clearance in both yards.

She commented: “Sellers are off to a good start for the year ahead. It was a day for dry cows with larger numbers than expected for this time of year – and in, fairness their quality was good.”

The best price on the day was an 815Kg Limousin-cross cull cow at €2450.

Read more on this report.

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