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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the company in 2015.
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Quality the key driver of weanlings prices at Castlerea Mart

Castlerea Mart’s final cattle sale of 2020 attracted “good numbers” of stock, according to Brendan Egan.

The mart manager noted that bullocks peaked at €2.69/kg, while heifers hit €3.16/kg at the sale on Thursday, December 17th, 2020.

“Store bullock and heifers remained a good trade as customers sourced stock in the lead up to Christmas. Breeding stock remained a good trade also as a good clearance was reported.”

“Weanlings were similar in price to last week with quality the key factor. The dry cow trade remained firm also with good numbers on offer.”

Castlerea Mart prices
Bullocks:
  • CH – 520KGS – €1270;
  • LMX – 475KGS – €1280;
  • LM – 480KGS – €1200;
  • CH – 620KGS – €1360;
  • AAX – 490KGS – €1100;
  • CH – 540KGS – €1330;
  • CH – 590KGS – €1470;
  • LM – 875KGS – €1660
Heifers:
  • CH – 370KGS – €1170;
  • AA – 470KGS – €1110;
  • CH – 400KGS – €1000;
  • CH – 470KGS – €1200;
  • LM – 640KGS – €1350.
  • CH – 475KGS – €1160;
  • CH – 735KGS – €1540;
  • CH – 530KGS – €1310;
Dry cows:  
  • LM – 795KGS – €1430;
  • HEX – 845KGS – €1360;
  • LM – 715KGS – €1260;
  • FR – 650KGS – €850;
  • LM – 800KGS – €1450;
  • CHX – 765KGS – €1140;
  • FR – 590KGS – €680.
Suckler entries:
  • Cows with calves at foot – €1160-€1640/unit;
  • Springers – €840-€1,600/head.
Runners:

Entries made from €350 up to €750 for continental lots.

Weanling bulls:
  • LMX – 295KGS – €820;
  • CH – 230KGS – €670;
  • CH – 410KGS – €1000;
  • CHX – 290KGS – €800;
  • CH – 470KGS – €1120;
  • CH – 393KGS – €890.
Weanling heifers:
  • BBX – 290KGS – €970;
  • LM – 260KGS – €810;
  • CH – 255KGS – €750;
  • CHX – 340KGS – €920;
  • CH – 310KGS – €910;
  • LMX – 325KGS – €850.
Prices at Castlerea Mart

A large entry was presented for sale at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, December 10th, according to Brendan Egan.

In the heifer ring, prices strengthened with a good attendance of customers sourcing stock prior to the Christmas period.

Meanwhile, in the weanling rings, bulls met with an improved trade, with lots peaking at €4.15/kg and heifers at €3.39/kg.

Egan reported that dry cows remained a firm trade, especially forward lots.

“All eyes were upon a sale of 8 suckler cows with Belgian Blue-cross calves at foot. A top price of €7,000 was paid for a 2017-born BBX cow and her bull calf at foot with demand outstepping supply.”

You can watch a video of the €7,000 sale-topping team here.

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