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Demand Holding For Quality And Slaughter Cattle

09 December 2009

IRELAND - The trade for store cattle remains difficult, however the demand for good quality lots and for cattle fit for slaughter is strong.

At Kilkenny Mart last Thursday the trade for bullocks held close to the previous week's levels. Those in excess of 600kg made €230-375. Bullocks in the 500-600kg bracket sold from €70-355, while those in the 400-500kg range made from €80-355. Stores under the 400kg mark made between €50-320.

According to the The Independent, beef heifers sold for €250-400 along with the €1/kg, while butcher heifers made €140-270. Store heifer prices ranged from €35-250 along with their weight.

There was a big variation in the price of cull cows. Continental cows sold from €50 under the €1/kg to €300 over. Friesian cows made from €300 under to €50 over.

Quality weanling bulls sold well, with a top of €380 being paid. Heifers sold to a high of €240.

At Blessington Mart, weanling bulls over 400kg made €140-280 with their weight. Those over 300kg sold for €120-300, while those under 200kg topped at €265.

Weanling heifers over 300kg made €80-225 and over 200kg varieties €85-185.

Young, in-calf cows made €770-1,080/hd and older cows made €520-810/hd.

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