Mart Reports – 8th April

Castlerea Mart Report

31st of March: 900 cattle on offer on Thursday last. Store cattle of all types continue to be a very strong trade driven by strong farmer buying at the moment and also export demand.

  The heifer and dry cow sections reported a steady trade with prices similar to last week while in the calf and breeding stock section good clearances were reported.

  Sample prices – heifers: Lm 415kgs €1140, Lm 385kgs €1020, AA 480kgs €1270, Ch 555kgs €1475, Sim 492kgs €1235, Ch 470kgs €1225, Ch 540kgs €1430. Dry cows: Lmx 805kgs €1640, Ch 660kgs €1160, RLm 715kgs €1215, Fr 540kgs €725, Ch 685kgs €1295.

  Cows with calves at foot made from €1190 to €2310 for a Sm heifer and her heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €940 to €1660 per head. Dairy cows on offer made from €1000 to €1100 per head. Calves: Lm hfr €350, AA bull €270, Hr hfr €360, AA bull €270, Her bull €360, Si bull €355, BHer bull €280.  

  Weanling bulls: BBx 290kgs €960, Ch 245kgs €865, Ch 285kgs €880, Ch 320kgs €1005, Ch 335kgs €1040, RLim 330kgs €990,

  Weanling heifers: Ch 290kgs €1045, Lm 270kgs €950, Ch 240kgs €790, Lmx 350kgs €1100, Lm 365kgs €990.

  Bullock sale, Monday 28th March: 250 bullocks on offer with prices improved especially for the lighter stores. Bullocks made from €400 to €880 with their weight with an average of €669 over paid. Sample prices: Ch 380kgs €1095, Lm 475kgs €1355, Ch 535kgs €1375, AA 540kgs €1350, AA 585kgs €1405, Lm 615kgs €1440, Ch 710kgs €1500.

  Sales continue at Castlerea Mart with a sale of heifers, cows, calves and weanlings today (Thursday, 7th April) at 11 am.

Roscommon Mart Report

Friday, April 1st: There were good numbers of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale which included a special sale of breeding heifers. Bullocks sold well with averages of €2.34 per kilo up to a maximum of €3.05 per kilo. Heifers averaged from €2.45 per kilo up to €3.18 per kilo. There was a good entry of dry cows with a brisk trade and a full clearance of lots. Prices ranged from €1.70 per kilo up to €2.25 per kilo.

  Sale as usual tomorrow (Friday, April 8th). 87 pens of bullocks on offer, also heifers 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. A mid spring sale of heifers will take place next Friday (April 15th) at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, April 7th.

  Dry cows made from €930 to €1480 per head. Sample prices: Char X 835 kgs €1480, Lim X 725 kgs €1335, Char X 705 kgs €1310, BBX 570 kgs €1280, Simm X 540 kgs €980, Lim X 685 kgs €1230, Simm 710 kgs €1150. Lim X 615 kgs €1040.

  Heifers made from €585 to €950 over. Sample prices: Lim X 580 kgs €1530, Char X 565 kgs €1450, Lim X 575 kgs €1385, Lim 555 kgs €1350, Char X 470 kgs €1270, Char X 540 kgs €1390, BBX 475 kgs €1260, Simm 460 kgs €1225, Char X 370 kgs €1175, Lim X 435 kgs €1160. Char X 395 kgs €1125, AAX 455 kgs €1050, HEX 445 kgs €1100, Hex 435 kgs €1120.

  Bullocks made from €520 to €895 over. Sample prices: Char X 570 kgs €1465, Lim X 595 kgs €1415, Char X 575 kgs €1370, Hex 640 kgs €1335, 3 Char X 433 kgs €1270, 2 Lim X 512 kgs €1180, AAX 540 kgs €1190, AAX 500 kgs €1150, 2 Lim 475 kgs €1160, 10 Char X 364 kgs €1110, 4 Simm X 493 kgs €1040, 2 AAX , Simm X 525 kgs €1130.

  Weanlings – Tuesday April 5th: There was a good entry of stock on offer at last Tuesday’s sale. There was a brisk trade for heifers with average prices up from the previous week. The price for bull weanlings was on par with last week with a very high clearance of lots. Usual sale for weanlings and suckler cows will be held next Tuesday (April 12th) at 5 pm. Special mid-spring sale of weanlings on Tuesday, April 19th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on 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 for the last two months. Also Belgian Blue bull for sale.

  Weanling heifers made from €475 to €655 over. Sample prices: Lim X 460 kgs €1050, Lim X 435 kgs €1020, Char X 360 kgs €990, Lim X 325 kgs €980, Hex 385 kgs €900, BBX 315 kgs €760, Simm X 315 kgs 780, Char X 275 kgs €900.

  Weanling bulls made from €355 to €700 over. Sample prices: Char X 420 kgs €1080, Lim X 415 kgs €1000, Char X 200 kgs €720, AAX 345 kgs €750, ShX 375 kgs €770, Char X 320 kgs €900, AAX 315 kgs €800.Char X 240 kgs €750.

  Sheep sale – Wednesday April 6th: There were better numbers on offer this week.  There was a lively trade for hoggets with lots fetching up to €135. The numbers of spring lambs coming out are remaining small, however lots made up to €93.50 over their weight. The trade for cast ewes was on par to last week with the majority of lots sold. There was a good number of ewes with lambs at foot on offer with a good demand and high clearance of lots. Sheep sales continue weekly on Wednesdays at 11 am, yard opens at 8.30 am. Sheep scanning service every Wednesday from 9 to 10 am. Show & Sale of Lambs (in conjunction with Roscommon Lamb Festival) Wednesday, April 27th (see website and adverts for details).

  Sample prices: Spring lambs: 49 kgs €131, 43.50 kgs €137. Ewe hoggets: 47.50 kgs €116, 44.80 kgs €116.50, 49.80 kgs €125, 63.50 kgs €135. Wether hoggets: 45.60 kgs €112, 44 kgs €114, Mixed hoggets: 42.60 kgs €111, 53.30 kgs €130. Cast ewes made from €68 to €150 per lot. Ewes with twin lambs at foot made up to €250 per unit. Ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €165.