Numbers are remaining big for the time of year at Balla Mart, where three rings were in operation on Saturday (August 22nd), according to a mart spokesperson.
“Lighter stores were in fine demand from farmers around the ring and online while heavier lots were similar to last week.”
Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.28/kg, while 400kg-500kg entries averaged €2.19/kg.
Heavier bullocks 500kg + averaged €2.06/kg – an April-2018-born CH – 750kg – €1,580 or €2.11/kg.
“A fine sale of heifers with just over 280 sold. It was a very good trade with lots of online bids.”
Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.34/kg, while 400-500kg lots averaged €2.20p/kg and heifers 500+ entries were “a better trade” and averaged €2.16/kg – 700kg – €1,570.
Just over 100 cows went under the hammer, according to the spokesperson, who reported that they averaged €1.76/kg – a 5-year-old CH – 1,020kg – €2,000.
In the suckler ring, a top call of €2,100 was recorded for a LMX cow with a bull calf at foot.
“In general, there was a good trade for the number of weanlings on offer.”
“Light bull weanlings 200kg-350kg averaged €2.25/kg. Bulls 350kg-450kg averaged €2.34 p/kg, while 450kg+ averaged €2.06 p/kg – The best, a 485kg Charolais at €1,000.00.”
Heifer weanlings up to 350 kg averaged €2.39/kg, while 350kg-450kg entries averaged €2.40/kg, according to the spokesperson.
Image source: Balla Mart