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Irish Independent - Farming - - RINGSIDE BEEF -


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

Strong price:

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

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