Mart Reports – 15th April

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, April 8th: There were excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale which included a special sale of bullocks. There was a lively trade for bullocks with plenty of buyers and a very high clearance of lots. Prices averaged from €2.42 per kilo up to €3.20. Heifers averaged from €2.32 per kilo up to €2.73 per kilo. There was a good entry of dry cows with a brisk trade and a full clearance of lots. Prices ranged from €1.35 per kilo up to €1.98 per kilo.

Sale as usual tomorrow (Friday, April 15th) with 55 pens of heifers on offer, also bullocks and dry cows.  Yard opens at 7.30 am. All stock must be penned by 10.30 am – cattle not penned by this time will not be included in the draw. Special sale of bullocks, Friday April 22nd at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday April 14th. Also heifers and dry cows. Special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, April 19th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, April 14th. Saturday, April 16th  will feature a Spring Beef Shorthorn Show & Sale with 23 females and 10 males. Show at 9.30 am, sale at 12 noon.

  Dry cows made from €600 to €1300 per head. Sample prices: Char X 710 kgs €1300, Lim X 635 kgs €1090, Char X 600 kgs €1190, SIX 635 kgs €1000, HEX 600 kgs €935, AA X 550 kgs €855.

  Heifers made from €495 to €895  over. Sample prices: Char X 565 kgs €1360, Char X 590 kgs €1350, Lim X 580 kgs €1310, Lim 435 kgs €1125, Char X 600 kgs €1340, Char X 570 kgs €1320, 2 Char X 555 kgs €1270, Lm 415 kgs €1100, Char X 390 kgs €1065, AA X 495 kgs €1060.

  Bullocks made from €495 to €952.50 over. Sample prices: 2 Lim X 602.5 kgs €1555, Char X 635 kgs €1575, Lim X 645 kgs €1565, Char X 695 kgs €1630, SIX 770 kgs €1705, 3 Lm X 630 kgs €1525, 2 Lim X 650 kgs €1560, AAX 670 kgs €1475, SIX 655 kgs €1470, 2 SHX 640 kgs €1465, Char X 545 kgs €1460, 4 Char X 583.8 kgs €1450, 3 Char X 553.3 kgs €1445, Simm X 570 kgs €1355, 2 Char X 525 kgs €1375, SIX 520 kgs €1340, SAX 630 kgs €1355, Char X 475 kgs €1340, Char X 435 kgs €1300, LmX 465 kgs €1290.

  Tuesday, April 12th: The numbers of stock on offer was similar to last week.  There was a lively trade for weanling bulls with average prices better than the previous week. There was also a brisk trade for weanling heifers with average prices increased from last week. Special mid-spring sale of weanlings on Tuesday, April 19th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, April 14th). Included in the sale on April 19th is a special entry of 30 excellent quality cows with mostly Belgian Blue calves at foot and running with Lim bull the last 2 months and 8 top quality springing heifers which are 3 months in calf to easy calving Limousin stock bull. There will also be a Belgian Blue bull for sale. Full details and photos on website and Facebook. Tuesday, April 26th  – Special entry of 11 excellent quality cows with strong calves at foot and running with Charolais bull –Also pedigree Charolais bull born December 2011. Photos on website and Facebook.

  Weanling heifers made from €445 to €680 over. Sample prices: Lim X 425 kgs €1050, 2 Lim X 310 kgs €990, 2 AAX 285 kgs €700, Simm X 310 kgs €800, BBX 310 kgs €870, Lim X 255 kgs €835, 2 Char X 255 kgs €780.

  Weanling bulls made from €455 to €640 over. Sample prices Char X 440 kgs €1030, Char X 395 kgs €930, Lim X 275 kgs €915, Simm X 390 kgs €810, BBX 275 kgs €720, Lim X 245 kgs €700, Char X 275 kgs €885.

  Sheep sale, Wednesday, April 13th: There were similar numbers on offer this week. There was a good trade for hoggets with lots making up to €130 per head. There were slightly better numbers of spring lambs on offer with prices fetching up to €93.60 over their weight. There was a similar trade for cast ewes with the tops making €130 per head. There was a good demand for ewes with lambs at foot resulting in a very high clearance of lots. Ewes with double lambs at foot made up to €290 per unit while Ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €190 per unit.  Sheep sales continue weekly on Wednesdays at 11 am. Yard opens at 8.30 am. Sheep scanning service every Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am (sharp on time).  Show & Sale of Lambs (in conjunction with Roscommon Lamb Festival) Wednesday April 27th (see website and adverts for details).

  Sample prices – Spring lambs: 44 kgs €135, 38 kgs €125, 48.80 kgs €140,46.40 kgs €140. Ewe hoggets: 58.90 kgs €130, 50.10 kgs €123, 47.65 kgs €115, 46 kgs €110, 51.50 kgs €128. Wether hoggets: 50 kgs €100, 42 kgs €90. Mixed hoggets: 43 kgs €95. Cast ewes made from €70 to €130 per lot. Twin lambs at foot made up to €290 per unit. Single lambs at foot made up to €190 per unit.

 

Castlerea  Mart Report

Thursday, April 7th: 800 cattle on offer and despite the recent weather woes, demand remained firm for all classes of stock on offer.

  Prices for forward store cattle may have steadied slightly mainly due to weather factors but lighter stores driven by strong export activity especially for the bulls witnessed a very good clearance of lots. 

  Sample prices – heifers: Ch 385kgs €1040, AA 475kgs €1280, BBX 460kgs €1280, Ch 640kgs €1525, Ch 520kgs €1350, AA 450kgs €1250. 

  Dry cows: Ch 770kgs €1380, Ch 640kgs €1280, Bl Her 680kgs €1140, Ch 830kgs €1620, RLim 765kgs  €1335. Cows with calves at foot made from €1085 to €1980 for a Lim heifer and Hereford heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €980 to €1530 per head.

  Calves: Good numbers presented for sale this week with demand remaining firm especially for the beef bred stock.

  Sample prices: Her hfr €295, Sim bull €290, Her hfr €315, Fr bull €135, Sim hfr €375, Ch hfr €515, Sim bull €515.

  Weanling bulls: Lim 285kgs €920, Ch 280kgs €900, Lim 350kgs €1080, Lim 440kgs €1180, Ch 510kgs €1230. Weanling heifers: Ch 280kgs €1045, Ch 260kgs €1055, BBX 280kgs €895, Ch 360kgs €1085.

  Bullock sale, Monday April 4th: 200 bullocks on offer with bullocks making from €400 to €880 over with an average of €667 over paid.

  Prices for the smaller and younger cattle were best on the day with heavier lots slightly easier than previous weeks, due to the recent inclement weather conditions.

  Sample prices: AA 460kgs €1250, Ch 440kgs €1150, Ch 505kgs €1275, Lim 550kgs €1390, lim 620kgs €1500, Lim 625kgs €1400.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart.