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Farmers and feedlot buyers drive ‘strongest’ demand for forward cattle – Harkin

Farming News/Mart Reports on That’s Farming:

According to Ann Harkin, a large entry of stock came under the hammer at Raphoe Mart at Thursday’s (August 31st, 2023) cattle sale, which saw a “strong” trade for all types from farmers and feedlot buyers.

The mart manager reported that quality cattle met with the “strongest” demand, with forward cattle from €2.80 per kg to €3.20 per kg.

Meanwhile, medium weights sold from €2.70 per kg to €3.50 per kg and lighter cattle traded from €2.70 per kg to €2.80 per kg.

At Thursday’s sale, fat cows traded from €900 per head to €2320 per head, while Aberdeen Angus cattle sold from €2.10 per kg to €2.80 per kg and Friesian cattle ranged from €1.80 per kg to €2.20 per kg.

This week’s sheep prices

According to Harkin, there was a larger entry of sheep at this week’s sale with “great” demand around the ring and online.

Lambs sold at:

  • €70 to €90 for 27-33kgs;
  • €90 to €100 for 33-41kgs;
  • €110 to €130 for 41-45kgs;
  • €130 to €144 for 45-52kgs.

Other categories:

  • Fat ewes sold from €50/head to a high of €176/head.
Last week’s cattle prices

According to Ann Harkin, there was a larger entry for this week’s cattle sale at Raphoe Livestock Mart, Co Mayo on Thursday, August 24th, 2023.

The mart manager reported that demand continued for quality stock, which sold from €2.80/kg to €3.20/kg and up to €3.80/kg for lighter lots.

Strong forward cattle pushed from €2.50/kg to €3.20/kg, while medium weights went under the hammer from €2.50/kg to €3.40/kg and lighter weights stood from €2.60/kg to €3.80/kg.

At Thursday’s sale, Aberdeen Angus cattle sold from €2.20/kg to €2.80/kg, Friesian cattle pushed from €1.80/kg to €2.20/kg and fat cows climbed from €950/head to €2060/head.

Last week’s sheep prices

According to Harkin, there was continued demand around the ring for all sheep on offer with “brisk” bidding throughout.

There was a large entry of lambs this week with prices improved on last week.

Lambs sold at:

  • €70 to €90 for 28-33kgs;
  • €90 to €110 for 34-40kgs;
  • €110 to €130 for 40-45kgs;
  • €130 to €145 for 45-52kgs.

Other categories:

  • Fat ewes sold from €70/head to a high of €194/head.

Mart information:

  • Address: Raphoe Livestock Mart, County Donegal.
  • Contact: 074 914 5385
  • Sale days: Sheep sale – Mondays at 11 am. Cattle sale – Thursdays at 11 am.

Read more on this mart report on www.thatsfarming.com

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