“History was made at Balla Mart on Saturday, July 18th, with the number of cattle on offer for the time of year,” according to a spokesperson.
The spokesperson noted that its online bidding facility continued to be a popular hit across all categories with many customers conducting business digitally.
“The great trade of the last few weeks continued resulting in a complete clearance in the bullocks and heifers.”
The sale ran smoothly under strict Covid-19 restrictions, with two-metre physical distancing, allocated exit and entry points and sanitising stations.
Bullocks 300kg-400kg averaged €2.28/kg, while 400-500kgs entries averaged €2.31/kg and heavier bullocks 500kg + averaged €2.11/kg – a 780kg, CHX, sold for €1,790or €2.11/kg.
“A fine sale of heifers with over 250 booked which was sold in the third ring. It was a very good trade with lots of online bids.”
Heifers up to 400 kg averaged €2.53/kg, while those 400kg-500kg averaged €2.28/kg and lots 500kg+ averaged €2.14/kg – a LM heifer with breeding potential, weighing 620kg sold for €1,490 or €2.40/kg.
Cull cows and suckler pairs
Just over 100 cows were presented for sale and they averaged €1.75/kg, according to the mart spokesperson.
The sale-topper in this category came in the form of a Charolais cow, weighing 800kgs, which sold for €1,770.
In the suckler ring, a 6-year-old Limousin cow with a Limousin bull calf sold at €2,380; the hammer fell to an online purchaser at €2,380, following a lively bidding war.
“In the bull weanlings, there was a lot of light stock that averaged from €1.91-€2.41/kg – the best a LMX bull sold at €1,000.” the spokesperson concluded.
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