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Video: Breeding heifers to €3,550 & sucklers to €3,120 in Balla

Farming News/Mart Reports on That’s Farming: Balla Mart – Cattle Prices – 16-09-2023

According to Stephen Hannon, manager of Balla Mart, Saturday’s (September 16th, 2023), sale saw close to 1,200 cattle cross the scales, with a bumper entry of breeding heifers for its special sale.

He reported that the sale “saw one of the largest turnovers ever with an average price of €1,177/head across all categories”.

“It was the best yard of cattle in Balla Mart ever. There was a special breeding heifer sale which attracted some smashing choice lots that were not short in the money.”

“Roan-coloured heifers stole the show for the best prices but, in general, there were some outstanding heifers in the yard, with demand from northern and UK clients.”

“Lighter heifers 300 – 400kg were selling well and were up by 12c/kg on last week with an average of €2.96/kg.”

“Heifers 400kg to 500kg went over the €3.00/kg mark and actually averaged €3.12/kg, while lots 500kg+ averaged €2.79/kg.”

“There were some fine store heifers on offer and the tops made from €3.50 to €5.50/kg,” Hannon noted.

Some sample prices:

A LMX weighing 385kg and born in May 2022 made €1,640 or €4.26/kg, while a BBX 435kg born in September 2022, sold for €2,500 or €5.75/kg, the highest price per kilo recorded on the day.

Top of the town at €3,550 was a Limousin aged 27 months that weighed in at 645kg.

  • LMX – 600kgs – €1,800;
  • BBX – 595kgs – €1,600;
  • BBX – 625kgs – €1,850;
  • BBX – 650kgs – €2,460;
  • BBX – 615kgs – €1,660;
  • LMX – 695kgs – €2,110;
  • BBX – 615kgs – €1,860;
  • CHX – 585kgs – €1,780.

Bullock prices

Bullocks 300kg to 400kg averaged €2.89/kg, while those in the 400kg to 500kg weight bracket levelled at €2.95p/kg and heavier bullocks north of 500kg sold for €2.93/kg of an average.

“There were some great continental bullocks that met with great buying due to the presence of extra buyers, some from Northern Ireland.”

“Quality, heavy bullocks 700kg+ were making between €1,500 to €1,650 with the weight. The best of the heavy bullocks were bought by northern factory buyers.”

“A CHX bullock weighing 395kg made €1,400, which is €3.54/kg, while a heavier example weighing 760kg made €2,400 or €3.16/kg.”

Some sample prices:

  • LMX – 610kgs – €1,910;
  • LMX – 585kgs – €1,730;
  • BAX – 565kgs – €1,670;
  • LMX – 610kgs – €1,860;
  • CHX – 680kgs – €1,940;
  • CHX – 505kgs – €1,400;
  • LMX – 585kgs – €1,700;
  • CH – 450kgs – €1,420;
  • LMX – 660kgs – €1,970.

Dry cow prices

Ring three saw prices top at €2,200 for a 780kg BBX, with lots generally from €2.40-€2.90/kg on the day.

  • CHX – 760kgs – €1,770;
  • HEX – 840kgs – €1,740;
  • CHX – 770kgs – €1,780;
  • AAX – 885kgs – €1,940;
  • SIX – 660kgs – €1,540;
  • LMX – 700kgs – €1,610;
  • LMX – 710kgs – €1,700.

Sucklers

In the suckler ring, a Hereford-cross recipient with a 215kg April 2023-born pedigree registered Belgian Blue bull calf, off a VDC x KYR dam, which is one member of a family of prize-winning progeny that has appeared on the 2023 show circuit, sold for €3,120.

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