Mart Reports – 1st April

Castlerea Mart Report

24th of March: 1000 cattle were on offer this week and the higher numbers on offer have been offset by improved demand – especially for lighter stores – with a very strong trade prevailing.

  Weanling bulls and weanling heifers recorded very strong prices with up to €3.55 a kilo and €3.58 given for the top quality lots. Heifers, dry cows and breeding stock remained a firm trade also with increased customers in attendance.

  Sample prices – heifers: Lmx 380kgs €1120, Ch 390kgs €1055, Ch 475kgs €1290, Lm 475kgs €1205, Ch 685kgs €1660, Lmx 530kgs €1465.

  Dry cows: Ch 690kgs €1350, Ch 715kgs €1240, Ch 930kgs €1800, RLim 635kgs €1105, Lim 585kgs €1130.

  Cows with calves at foot made from €1370 to €2100. Springers made from €1100 to €1670. Calves: Fr bull €115, Hr bull €280, AA hfr €370, Hr bull €405, Ch hfr €470.

  Weanling bulls: Ch 290kg €975, Sim 290kgs €925, Ch 460kgs €1270, Ch 370kgs €1005, Lm 275kgs €915. Weanling heifers: BBx 280kgs €1005, Lim 275kgs €915, Ch 375kgs €1090, Sim 355kgs €1080, Ch 350kgs €1050.

  Bullock sale, Monday 21st March: 200 bullocks on offer with bullocks making from €350 to €870 over with an average of €584 over paid. Lighter lots attracted most demand on the day with a good clearance taking place.

  Sample prices: Ch 455kgs €1245, Lim 400kgs €1185, BBx 530kgs €1325, AA 525kgs €1305, Ch 580kgs €1435, Ch 600kgs €1470, Ch 650kgs €1420.

Roscommon Mart Report

Tuesday, March 29th: There was a very big entry of excellent quality stock on offer at the sale of weanlings held last Tuesday. There was a good attendance of customers actively bidding for stock resulting in a high clearance of lots. Prices for heifers ranged from €1.97 per kilo up to €3.47 per kilo. Prices for bulls ranged from €1.60 per kilo up to €3.39 per kilo.

  Springing cows made from €1300 to €1575. Cows with calves at foot made up to €1900. Usual sale for weanlings and suckler cows will be held next Tuesday (April 5th) at 5 pm. Weanling heifers made from €335 to €855 over. Sample prices: Char X 455 kgs €1310, Lim X 495 kgs €1275, Char X 405kgs €1170, Lim X 370 kgs €1145, 3 Lm X 390 kgs €1140, BB X 345kgs €1055, SI  410kgs €900, BBX 385kgs €950, Char X 330kgs €1000, Char X 320kgs €950, Char X 315 kgs €895, Lm X 310kgs €895.

  Weanling bulls made from €255 to €755 over. Sample prices: Char X 485 kgs €1240, 2 Char X 415 kgs €1170, Lim X 540 kgs €1260, BB X 460 kgs €1200, 2 Char X 415 kgs €1130, Char X 425 kgs €1090, Char X 365kgs €1070, Lm X 385kgs €1040, BB X 435kgs €1020, Char X 400kgs €1005, Lm X 410kgs €1000, Lm X 370kgs €1000, Char X 335 kgs €960, Lm X 345 kgs €955, BB X 380kgs €955, Lm X 340kgs €950.

  Sheep sale, Wednesday, March 30th: There were smaller numbers on offer this week.  There was a similar trade for hoggets with a top price of €143. There were a small number of spring lambs on offer with lots fetching up to €128. There was a good trade for cast ewes with a full clearance of lots. There were better numbers of ewes with lambs present for sale.  Sheep sales continue weekly on Wednesdays at 11 am. Yard opens at 8.30 am with a sheep scanning service between 9 am and 10 am.

  Sample prices – spring lambs: 45 kgs €128. Ewe hoggets: 53.6kgs €135, 53.5kgs €135. Cast Ewes made from €92 to €152.50 per lot. Ewes with twin lambs at foot made up to €260 per unit. Ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €200.