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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-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 company in 2015.
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‘Great’ demand for forward cattle with prices to €1,100 over at Raphoe

Raphoe Mart – cattle prices – 09-12-2021

Ann Harkin reported that a “good” entry of cattle was on offer at Raphoe Mart on Thursday, December 9th, 2021.

The mart manager said that a “great” trade prevailed for all lots at its general cattle sale.

Speaking following the general cattle sale, she said:

“Forward cattle still remain in great demand selling from €2.30/kg to €2.70/kg or up to €1,100 over the weight.”

“Quality lighter cattle also a great trade selling from €2.30/kg to €2.80/kg. Friesian cattle were up in price on previous weeks selling from €1.70/kg to €2/kg,” the manager of the Donegal-based mart added.

Raphoe Mart 09-12-2021:

  • Bulls/bullocks made from €2/kg to €2.60/kg;
  • Heifers ranged from €2.10/kg to €2.80/kg;
  • Fat cows sold from €740 to €2050/head.


  • Bulls over 600 kgs – €915 to €1035 over;
  • Beef bullocks – €895 to €1115 over;
  • Store bullocks – €400 to €895 over;
  • Beef heifers – €605 to €920 over;
  • Store heifers – €350 to €765 over.
Last week’s cattle prices

According to Ann Harkin, there was a “good” entry of cattle at Raphoe Mart, Co Donegal, on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021.

The mart manager reported a “strong” trade for all cattle on offer, especially “strong, quality forward types”, which reached €1,100 over.

Speaking following the sale, she said: “Other quality cattle sold from €2.20/kg to €2.80/kg.”

“Friesian cattle sold from €1.60/kg to €2/kg,” she added.

  • Bulls/bullocks ranged from €1.80/kg to €2.60/kg;
  • Heifers made from €1.90/kg to €2.80/kg;
  • Fat cows fetched from €840/head to €1680/head.
This week’s sheep sale:

Harkin said “an excellent show of top-quality sheep” turned out for Monday’s show and sale.

She reported that both ringside and online activity resulted in a “brisk” trade, with lamb prices as follows:

  • €90 to €120 for 28-34kgs;
  • €120 to €140 for 35-42kgs;
  • €140 to €160 for 43-46kgs;
  • €160 to €175 for 47-55kgs.
Other categories:
  • Show lambs made from €190 to €280 for 50 kgs;
  • Fat ewes sold from €70 to €180.
Mart information:
  • Address: Raphoe Livestock Mart, Lifford, County Donegal.
  • Contact: 074 914 5385
  • Sale days: Sheep sale – Mondays at 11 a.m. Cattle sale – Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Last sales of 2021:

  • Sheep: Monday, December 20th
  • Cattle: Thursday, December 23rd.

First sales of 2022:

  • Cattle: Thursday, January 6th;
  • Sheep: Monday, January 10th.
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