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Thomas Potterton rates the surge in mart numbers during July as “unprecedented” with those in the 500-600kg category the most dominant here.
On the price front, bullocks from 550-600kg averaged €1.98/kg, with a 580kg Limousin taking top spot at €2.48/kg. In the 600-650kg bracket prices averaged €2.09/kg, with the top call being €2.35/kg for an Angus.
A strong trade for heifers saw the 300-400kg animal average €2.08/kg, with a 395kg Limousin cracking on to €2.70/kg. In the 400-500kg section the average price was €2.06/kg, while a 440kg continental settled at €2.44/ kg.
The story here was also of large numbers, with 400500kg bullocks ranging from around €2/kg to a top of €2.55/kg, leaving the overall average at €2.21/kg or €987/ hd.
In the 500-600kg section prices averaged €2.08kg, with the best price a 545kg Belgian Blue clicking €2.58/kg. On the heavier side your 600kg+ animal averaged €1.89/kg, while a 755kg Angus cross hit an impressive €2.12/kg or €1,600.
Meanwhile, 300-400kg heifers averaged €2.32/kg
Numbers here also continued bigger than normal, but with strong demand a full clearance was achieved.
Samples among the heifers included two 415kg Limousins that averaged €2.77/kg, a 355kg Belgian Blue cross that saw €3.21/kg, and at the other
This five-yearold, 1,110kg Simmental bull sold for €1,800 at New Ross Mart
with those from 400-500kg averaging €2.26/kg. Both divisions topped out at €2.65/ kg. end of the scales a 735kg Simmental cross made €2.16/ kg. On the bullock side, a 535kg Charolais sold for €2.41/kg, while two 435kg Charolais averaged €2.57/kg. Best of the bull weanlings was a 355kg Belgian Blue cross that made €2.57/kg. Listowel Although numbers here were more typical for the time of year Barney O’Connell noted