Irish Independent - Farming - - BEEF RINGSIDE -


“We had a good scat­ter of men around the ring and a few buy­ing light stores for grass,” said Michael Harty who spot­ted some of his cus­tomers de­cid­ing to get into sum­mer graz­ing stock early. Sam­ple prices in­cluded a se­lec­tion of out­ly­ing Friesian bul­locks at 230-240kg who sold for €430-440/hd with a batch of 215kg An­gus out­liers sell­ing for €430. “Those An­gus were very light for what they were,” was Michael’s com­ment. Among the best on the heifer side were three 630kg Li­mousins who sold for €1,360/hd.


The story here was of a very good turnout of stock be­ing met with plenty of in­ter­est from an equally good show of farm­ers and ship­pers. Nelius McAuliffe com­mented that “small cat­tle were a great trade”. Sam­ple prices for those lighter cat­tle in­cluded 330-420kg Here­ford bulls who sold from €680-795/hd while among the bul­locks, you had €425/hd paid for a tasty batch of 270kg Friesian wean­lings. On the heifer side, a batch of 240kg An­gus sold for €500/hd. Friesian calves suit­able for ship­ping made from €70-90/hd with lighter calves see­ing €60/hd.


Trade here was also im­proved, es­pe­cially for qual­ity lots. Patsy Smith said there was a “great trade” for very good con­ti­nen­tal stores. Prices for wean­ling heifers un­der 300kg sold from €1.90-3.00/ kg, with 300-400kg heifers mak­ing from €2.00-2.80 and heav­ier heifers sold from €2.10-2.70/kg. Wean­ling bulls un­der 300kg sold from €1.80-3.20/kg.


A show and sale al­ways brings out the best, as was the case with Carnew’s spe­cial heifer sale last week. Leav­ing aside the cham­pion heifer, a 724kg Bel­gian Blue that sold for €2,170, among the rib­bons were 612 and 624kg Bel­gian Blues who sold from €2.84-2.86/kg, with a 504kg Blonde d’Aquitaine see­ing €2.57/kg. Mov­ing to the more tra­di­tional breeds, Des Tobin cleaned up, as he bagged all three top spots in the non-con­ti­nen­tal butch­ers’ heifer sec­tion, with three pairs of An­gus heifers from 494555 kg sell­ing from €1.98-2.11/kg.


Num­bers here were a lit­tle re­duced. How­ever, it seems to have not had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on prices, with Jim Bush re­port­ing “all classes show­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment”, es­pe­cially among the beef bul­locks. Look­ing at those beef steers first, prices ranged from €600-960/hd with the €/kg, while among the stores, the range was €470-770/hd with €/kg. Here­ford and An­gus stores sold from €320-545/hd over the weight, with Friesian stores rang­ing from €200-390/hd with the weight. Heavy Friesians made from €360-580/hd over the €/kg.


Trade here was de­scribed as steady, es­pe­cially where bet­ter-qual­ity con­ti­nen­tals were in­volved. Bul­locks over 500kg sold from 480-660/hd over the €/kg, with those from 400-500kg mak­ing from €420-620/hd over their weight. Lighter types made from €300-480/hd over the €/kg. On the heifer side, those over 400kg sold from a top of €540/hd over the €/kg back to €360/hd over the weight. Lighter heifers made from €300-490/hd over the €/kg. Friesian bull calves made from €55-115/hd with An­gus and Here­ford bulls mak­ing from €130-225/hd.


Num­bers here were de­scribed as healthy, with de­mand in­sur­ing a com­plete clear­ance. Dry cows av­er­aged from €1.47-1.93 /kg with that top call go­ing to a 2014 in-calf Limousin. A 2011 Limousin with twin calves at foot maxed the in-calf sec­tion at €1,900 or €2.02/kg. Bul­locks av­er­aged €2.48/kg, with heifers av­er­ag­ing €2.09/kg.

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