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‘Lively’ trade with highs of €1,735 over the kg in Raphoe – Harkin

Raphoe Mart – Cattle Prices – 11-05-2023

There was a “lively” trade around the ring and online at this week’s cattle sale at Raphoe Mart on Thursday, May 11th, 2023, according to Ann Harkin.

The mart manager reported that demand continued for forward cattle, which changed hands from €2.80/kg to €3.50/kg.

Medium weights made from €2.70/kg to €3.60/kg, while lighter weights fetched from €2.80/kg to €3.80/kg at Thursday’s general cattle sale.


Bulls/Bullocks went under the hammer from €2.60/kg to €3.50/kg, while heifers sold from €2.70/kg to €3.80/kg and dry cows varied from €800/head to €1970/head.

Raphoe Mart on 11-05-2023 – Summary
  • Bulls over 600kgs – €1190 to €1430 over the weight;
  • Beef bullocks – €955 to €1325 over the weight;
  • Store bullocks – €565 to €1285 over the weight;
  • Beef heifers – €830 to €1735 over the weight;
  • Store heifers – €400 to €1060 over the weight.

Sheep prices at Raphoe Mart

Meanwhile, at the Donegal-based mart this week, spring lambs peaked at €174/head, while hoggets maxed out at €173/head and fat ewes topped at €215/head.

Spring lamb prices:

  • €100 to €130 for 33-40kgs;
  • €130 to €160 for 40-43kgs;
  • €160 to €174 for 43-54kgs.

Other categories:

  • Hoggets sold from €120/head to €173/head;
  • Ewes with one lamb sold from €160/team to €225/team;
  • Ewes with two lambs sold from €220/team to €295/team.

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.

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Ann Harkin

As part of our Mart FocusThat’s Farming profiled Ann Harkin, a former bookkeeper, financial controller and current manager of Raphoe Livestock Mart.

Ann Harkin from Convoy, County Donegal, never envisioned a career in agriculture with no farming background until the late 1980s.

In 1989, she applied for Raphoe Livestock Mart’s secretary job and became manager in 2001 due to the late John Witherow’s tendering.

“I never was in a mart until the day I did the interview; it was a secretary and financial controller position, which I applied for as my career; it was not because of a love of farming,” she told That’s Farming.

“I never thought I would become a manager; it was the trust of the committee and the mart shareholders who had confidence in me. It was never a job in my wildest dreams did I think I would get because I was not from a farming background.”

Established in 1959, Raphoe Livestock Mart began with a committee and 270 shareholders, holding their first sale in July 1961. Each shareholder bought five pounds of shares and generated funds from their locality to construct the livestock mart premises.

Read her profile.

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