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Suckler pairs to €2,120 & heifers to €1,950 in Balla – Hannon

Farming News/Mart Reports: Cattle Prices – Mart Reports – 22-07-2023

According to Stephen Hannon, numbers were “similar to the previous week” at Aurivo Balla Mart’s most recent cattle sale on Saturday, July 22nd, 2023.

He reported that circa 450 cattle cross the scales at the sale, with highs of €1,940 for bullocks, heifers to €1,950, cull cows to €1,940 and suckler pairs to €2,120.

Hannon commented: “Farmers appeared to be presently surprised with the good prices, despite inclement weather conditions putting a dent in things and prices coming back in beef factories.”

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.85/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €2.85/kg and heavier types of 500kg plus sold for an average of €2.70/kg.

Quality, heavy bullocks 700kg+ made up to €1300 over the kg, with “the best of the heavy bullocks bought online by a northern factory buyer” with highs of €1,910 for a 640kg entry.

  • SHX – 560kgs – €1,380;
  • PTX – 525kgs – €1,410;
  • CHX – 565kgs – €1,520;
  • CHX – 545kgs – €1,260;
  • SI – 585kgs – €1,440;
  • CHX – 520kgs – €1,340;
  • 2 SAX – 405kgs – €1,250;
  • SAX – 200kgs – €630;
  • AAX – 735kgs – €2,000;
  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,820;
  • LMX – 450kgs – €1,200;
  • LMX – 555kgs – €1,475;
  • CHX – 600kgs – €1,560;
  • LMX – 580kgs – €1,480;
  • HEX – 560kgs – €1,260;
  • LMX – 560kgs – €1,520;
  • AAX – 610kgs – €1,640;
  • CHX – 675kgs – €1,940;
  • CHX – 660kgs – €1,900;
  • CHX – 570kgs – €1,530;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,420;
  • LMX – 585kgs – €1,650;
  • CHX – 720kgs – €1,980;
  • AAX – 700kgs – €1,790;
  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,720.

Heifer prices

In the heifer ring, this week just over 150 lots changed hands and “they were slightly up on the previous week”.

Lighter store heifers 300 – 400kg averaged €2.74/kg, while entries 400kg to 500kg levelled at €2.94/kg and those 500kg+ sold for €2.90/kg. Top of the town in this ring at €1,950 was a LMX at 660kgs.

  • CHX – 495kgs – €1,420;
  • CH – 615kgs – €1,650;
  • LMX – 565kgs – €1,580;
  • CHX – 510kgs – €1,440;
  • LMX – 500kgs – €1,390;
  • CHX – 500kgs – €1,440;
  • LMX – 385kgs – €1,190;
  • LMX – 645kgs – €1,800;
  • BBX – 435kgs – €1,460;
  • CHX – 330kgs – €1,080;
  • CHX – 400kgs – €1,270;
  • AAX – 350kgs – €800;
  • LM – 555kgs – €1,730;
  • CHX – 625kgs – €1,820;
  • SAX – 555kgs – €1,580;
  • AAX – 445kgs – €1,040;
  • 2 LMX – 400kgs – €1,260;
  • CHX – 635kgs – €1,750;
  • CHX – 650kgs – €1,760;
  • CHX – 505kgs – €1,450;
  • AA – 695kgs – €1,860;
  • SIX – 420kgs -€1,060;
  • HEX – 370kgs – €890.

Cull cow prices

The cows were sold after the bullocks in ring one with between €2.40 to 2.70/kg for quality types, according to Hannon.

“Prices are sticking firm with interest from Northern Ireland buyers online. There was a 715kg Limousin cow that made €1,940 or €2.71/kg that went north.”

“In the sucklers, a farmer from Crossmolina had a AA cow, born in May 2017, with a 3-month Charolais-cross bull calf at foot, that made €2,120,” Hannon added.

  • AAX – 795kgs – €1,790;
  • SIX – 635kgs – €1,780;
  • CH – 715kgs – €1,560;
  • MOX – 700kgs – €1,270;
  • HEX – 500kgs – €800;
  • FR – 635kgs – €1,180;
  • BBX – 620kgs – €1,580;
  • BBX – 825kgs – €1,740;
  • LMX – 475kgs – €800;
  • LMX – 680kgs – €1,570;
  • AA – 790kgs – €1,870;
  • LMX – 780kgs – €2,090;
  • LMX – 775kgs – €1,780;
  • SAX – 725kgs – €1,670;
  • SHX – 529kgs – €980;
  • LMX – 690kgs – €1,870;
  • LMX – 690kgs – €1,870.

Weanling bull prices

Weanling bulls 200kg to 350kg averaged €2.54/kg, while 350kg to 450kg types levelled at €2.91/kg.

Balla Mart information:

  • Address: Aurivo Balla Mart, Carrowntober, Oughter, Co. Mayo
  • Contact information: Phone: 094-9365068 or see Aurivo’s website.
  • Sale days: Weanlings: Tuesdays (seasonal). Bullocks, heifers, cull cows, sucklers, and stock bulls on Saturdays.

Further reading

Mart reports

  • Read more mart reports(cattle and sheep prices) on That’s Farming.
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