Mart Reports – 11th March

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, March 4th: There were increased numbers on offer this week. There was a lively trade for bullocks with plenty of customers in attendance with good prices and a high clearance of lots.

There was a good entry of excellent quality stock. There were plenty of dry cows on offer with a firm trade for quality lots and a full clearance. Heifer numbers were in short supply.

Sales continue weekly on Fridays at 11 am for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. Special sale of heifers this Friday (March 11th) at 11 am. Mid spring special sale of bullocks and heifers is on Friday March 18th 11am. List of sales on Roscommon Mart website. Dry cows made from €650 to €1500 per head.

Sample prices: BBX 805 kgs €1500, CHX 760 kgs €1390, CHX 640 kgs €1100, LMX 715 kgs €1150, CHX 670 kgs €1190, AA 770 kgs €1135, CHX 615 kgs €1085, FRX 615 kgs €900, 3 FRX 577kgs @ €775,FRX 620kgs €900.

Bullocks made from €550 to €1030 over. Sample prices: LMX 690 kgs €1720, CHX 750 kgs €1720, LMX 700 kgs €1585, CHX 675 kgs €1600, CHX 650 kgs €1455, 6 CHX 589 kgs €1450, 5 CHX 603 kgs €1520, 2 CHX 633 kgs €1450, BAX 625 kgs €1450, LMX 510 kgs €1210, 2 SMX 665 kgs €1390, 2 LMX 550 kgs €1390, 7 CHX 436 kgs €1250, 3 CHX 392 kgs €1175, 2 CHX 398 kgs €1155, 4 CHX 366 kgs €1140, 2 LMX 530 kgs €1220, 2 CHX 525 kgs €1440, 3 CHX 663 kgs €1435, 2 AAX 495kgs €1100, 4 LMX 488kgs €1150, 3 CHX 620 kgs €1500.

Heifers made from €580 to €710 over. Sample Prices: LMX 435 kgs €1145, LMX 470 kgs €1050, LMX 420 kgs €1000.

Tuesday, March 8th: There was a very big entry of excellent quality stock on offer at the show and sale of weanlings held on last Tuesday. There was a brisk trade for weanling bulls with prices ranging from an average of €2.55 per kilo up to a maximum of €3.33 per kilo. There was a very lively trade for weanling heifers with prices ranging from €2.65 per kilo up to a high of €3.74 per kilo.

There was a good attendance of customers actively bidding for stock resulting in a high clearance of lots. Springing cows made from €1490 to €1570. Cows with calves at foot made from €1390 to €2150.

Usual sale for weanlings and suckler cows, Tuesday next (March 15th) at 5 pm. The next Special Sale of Weanlings will be held on Tuesday March 29th at 5 p.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, Wednesday March 23rd and Thursday March 24th.

Weanling heifers made from €440 to 1160 over. Sample prices: BBX 440 kgs €1600, Char X 435 kgs €1300, 2 Lim X 460 kgs €1260, BBX 360 kgs €1200, Char X 400 kgs €1250, BBX 360 kgs €1050, Char X 325 kgs €990, Char X 340 kgs €975, BBX 315 €930, Lim X 325 kgs €910, 2 Lim X 300 kgs €850.

Weanling bulls made from €530 to €885 over. Sample prices: BBX 505 kgs €1390, Char X 420 kgs €1305, BBX 430 kgs €1300, Char X 395 kgs €1245,BB 395 kgs €1200, 2 Lim X 402 kgs €1075, AAX 470 kgs €1040, 2 Lim X 395 kgs €1030, 2 BBX 345 kgs €1015, Lim X 330 kgs €1020, SA 425 kgs €975.

Sheep sale, Wednesday March 9th: Numbers on offer were small again this week. There was a better trade for hoggets with a full clearance of lots with prices averaging from €49 to €81 over their weight.

There was also a lift in the trade for cast ewes with the tops making €140. Ewes and with twin lambs at foot made up to €250.

Sheep sales continue weekly on Wednesdays at 11 am. Yard opens at 8.30 am and sheep scanning continues every Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am.

Sample prices – ewe hoggets: 54.40 kgs €135, 49.30 kgs €120, 41.50 kgs €97, 45 kgs €101, Hoggets Rams: 46 kgs €95, 56 kgs €125, 46.30 kgs €105. Mixed 40.80 kgs €100. Wether hoggets : 54.40 kgs €128, 60 kgs €130, Cast ewes made from €70 to €140 per lot. Ewe with twin lambs at foot made up to €250 per unit.

Castlerea Mart Report

There were 700 cattle on offer this week with prices remaining firm, backed by a strong farmer and feeder demand. Heifers in particular were a fiery trade with good quality lots on offer.

There were bigger numbers of suck calves on offer this week with plainer-type lots a little easier while the quality lots remain a good trade. The store bullocks, weanling bulls and cow trade categories reported prices similar to last week.

Sample prices – bullocks – Ch 470kgs €1285 AA 475kgs €1250 Lm 545kgs €1410 Ch 500kgs €1315 Ch 590kgs €1395 Ch 610kgs €1400 Lm 550kgs €1375 Ch 670kgs €1450.

Heifers: Ch 410kgs €1050 Lim 410kgs 1035 Ch 490kgs €1300 Ch 480kgs €1220 Lm 500kgs €1420 Ch 500kgs €1325.

Dry cows: Lm 700kgs 1335 Ch 600kgs €1250 AA 760kgs €1190 Lm 610kgs €1155 Lm 550kgs €1170.

Cows with calves at foot made from €1360 to €1830 for a Ch cow and her Ch bull calf at foot. Springer cows made from €1010 to €1530 per head.

Dairy cows made from €750 to €1070 per head. Calves: Bigger numbers on offer this week with big differences in prices depending on quality. Jersey-type dairy calves made from €5- €40. Fr. bulls made from €50-€140 with Hr. AA types making from €150-€440, with continentals making up to €550.

Weanling bulls: Top quality lots made from €2.80-€3.34 a kilo with heavier lots making from €2.25-€2.58 a kilo. Sample prices: Ch 270kgs €865 AA 270kgs €815 Ch 260kgs €870 Lim 410kgs €1060 Lm 445 kgs €1125. Weanling heifers: Ch 290kgs €920 Ch 270kgs €820 Ch 350kgs €1090 Ch 340kgs €1000 Ch 360kgs €1090.

Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, the 10th March, with a sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.