Mart Report

Castlerea There were 250 cattle on offer with prices similar to the previous week. There was a good attendance of buyers present and despite the recent inclement weather conditions, a lively trade existed for all classes of stock on offer. The weanling trade in particular is well improved with plenty of farmer interest in the nice quality weanlings. Bullocks: Ch 540 kgs €950, Ch 475 kgs €920, Ch 505 kgs €930, Ch 655 kgs €1,085, AA 435 kgs €760, Fr 385 kgs €500, AA 360 kgs €635, Sim 485 kgs €745, Ch 500 kgs €925. Heifers: Sim 510 kgs €950, Ch 585 kgs €990, Ch 430 kgs €795, Ch 420 kgs €785, Sim 530 kgs €775. Dry Cows: Sh 580 kgs €692, Red Lim 740 kgs €1,085, Red Lim 680 kgs €1,032, Sim 520 kgs €660, B. Her 545 kgs €610. Springer cows on offer made from €640 to €1,500 per head. Bull weanlings: Ch 390 kgs €722, AA 330 kgs €630, B. Blue 265 kgs €570, Sim 280 kgs €540, Ch 325 kgs €675. Weanling heifers: Sim 350 kgs €645, B. Lim 250 kgs €52, Sh 320 kgs €640, AA 230 kgs €425, Ch €265 kgs €560, Ch 240 kgs €485. Roscommon Two sales were held at Roscommon Mart last week, a sheep sale on Wednesday and the cattle sale on Friday. The cattle started off with a flying trade in 2008. All classes of cattle were up €50 to €90 per head on pre-Christmas prices. On Wednesday the story was different with hogget prices similar to December prices, €27 to €32. Dry ewes met a strong trade, making €30 to €42 per head. There were 425 sheep on offer. Heavy bullocks 500 kgs and over made from €380 to €510 over the weight. Prices: Sim 590 kgs €1,100, Ch 540 kgs €940, Ch 660 kgs €1,130, Ch 600 kgs €1,100. Store bullocks up to 500 kgs made from €225 to €430 over. Prices: 4 Ch 496 kgs €905, Sim 475 kgs €850, Sim 430 kgs €825, Fr. 355 kgs €580. Store heifers made from €170 to €440 over. Prices: Ch 460 kgs €900, Ch 475 kgs €815, Ch 525 kgs €965, 2 Her x Fr 430 kgs €600. Dry cows made from €650 to €945 per head. Prices: Ch 595 kgs €755, Sim 590 kgs €650, AA  x Lim 660 kgs €945. Springer cows: €940 to €1,150 per head. Prices: Sim 1 st calf €940, Sim 3 rd calf to BB bull €1,150, Hereford third calf €950. Weanling heifers made from €233 to €323 over. Prices: Ch 205 kgs €442, Ch 325 kgs €648, Sim 235 kgs €468, BBx 205 kgs €495. Weanling bulls made from €235 to  €455 over. Prices: Ch 400 kgs €855, Ch 390 kgs €740, AA x BB 355 kgs €780. Ch 280 kgs €542.  MOUNTBELLEW There was a smaller number of sheep on offer than the previous week. There was a firm demand for factory and butchers’ hoggets and increased demand for heavier lots of stag ewes. Hoggets: 13 ewe hoggets 43 kgs €70.50, 20 ewe hoggets 54 kgs €85, ten ewe hoggets 49 kgs €80, five ewe hoggets 38 kgs €60, ten ewe hoggets 47 kgs €73.50, 12 ewe hoggets 45 kgs €71.50. Stag ewes: Firmer trade to the previous week, with increased demand for heavier lots. Prices ranged from €35 to €69.50. Breeding ewes: ten second crop ewes running with ram, due 1 st March €90, nine third crop ewes on point of lambing €71.