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Strong demand for weanling bulls at Castleisland

Wednesday, February 19th, saw records numbers passed through the sales ring at Castleisland Mart, according to a spokesperson, who reported that close to a 100% clearance was achieved.

Cows

Dry cows recorded a 100% clearance with prices ranging from €1.03- €2.00/ kg. “Finished and forward store cows achieved the higher price per kilo.”
Friesian cows ranged from €1.03- €1.45/kg, while good quality continentals and Hereford and Angus-types met with “very strong demand”.

Aberdeen-Angus and Hereford entries pushed from €1.24-€1.56/ kg.

Heifers

“Again, a 100% clearance was achieved for heifers.” AA/HE-types went under the hammer from €1.61- €1.95/ kg, while continentals made from €1.65- €2.30/ kg.

“We had a very strong butcher presence at Wednesday’s sale, which made butcher/factory-type heifers realise very strong prices.”

Weanlings

“Good quality weanling bulls were in strong demand. A number of buyers are present each Wednesday for these types of animals.”

FR weanling bulls clicked from €1.34-€1.63/kg, while continentals pushed from €1.86-€2.69/kg.

Bullocks 

Bullocks had a 100% clearance. AA/HE made from €1.63- €2.32/kg, FR averaged €1.67/ kg while continentals ranged from €1.75- €2.10/ kg. 8 good quality store HE’s weighing 280kg made €650.

A small number of FR bullocks were presented for sale, a store FR weighing 600kg sold for €1005. CH weighing 496kg went for €1040 while a LM weighing 454kg sold for €895.

Sucklers 

“Wednesday’s sale included a clearance sale of sucklers; this drew a large crowd for sucklers. In-calf cows sold from €925- €1,410.”

“Farmers were prepared to spend money on quality cows near calving.” A Simmental cow with her time up to a Limousin sire peaked at €1,410.

The spokesperson highlighted that continental-type cows with a strong well-conformed calf met with strong demand.

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