Roscommon People Mart Watch – April 12th


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer at Friday’s weekly sale with a lively trade for all classes with lots of customers eager for stock, resulting in a very high percentage of lots getting sold.

  “Bullocks averaged from €2.44 per kilo up to €3.41 per kilo. Averages for heifers ranged from €2.18 per kilo up to €2.90 per kilo. Dry cows averaged from €1.63 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo with a full clearance of lots.

  “Sale as usual this Friday (12th) for bullocks, heifers and dry cows with 30 pens of bullocks and 30 pens of heifers as well as dry cows. Reminder that there will be no sale at Roscommon Mart on Good Friday (April 19th).

  “We had a large entry of Weanlings at this week’s sale with an excellent trade. There were increased numbers of stock available with plenty of quality lots resulting in a steady trade and a high clearance of lots on offer. Our next weanling sale takes place next Tuesday (16th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (11th).

  “There were bigger numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale with a few entries of spring lamb for the Easter market. Prices fetched €146 for 46kgs. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €136 for 58.7kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €75 up to €136.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot. Sheep scanning service every Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Simm X 925kgs €1650, Lim X 810kgs €1560, Char X 865kgs €1440, Lim X 750kgs €1410, AAX 700kgs €1200, Simm X 805kgs €1355, Lim X 605kgs €1100, Char X 605kgs €1220, Char 800kgs €1380.


Lim X 635kgs €1570, Lim 650kgs €1500, SHX 620kgs €1385, Simm 585kgs €1330, Lim X 450kgs €1305, BBX 460kgs €1180, Char X 460kgs €1100, 2 Char X 392kgs €1020, 2 Lim X 375kgs €960, 2 Lim X 345kgs €960, Lim X 520kgs €1200, Lim X 480kgs €1280, Lim 505kgs €1240.


2 Char X 695kgs €1725, Char X 700kgs €1630, Lim X 545kgs €1575, Char 480kgs €1500, Lim X 555kgs €1460, Simm X 590kgs €1450, Char X 610kgs €1445, 4 Char X 491kgs €1425, 2 Simm X 592kgs €1425, Char X 530kgs €1420, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1390, SHX 545kgs €1310, 3 Char X 431kgs €1240, 5 Lim X 492kgs €1215, 3 Char 388kgs €1065, Char X 330kgs €940, 7 Char X 380kgs €1165.

Weanling heifers

Char X 400kgs €1250 – €3.12 per kilo, Lim X 325kgs €1150 – €3.53 per kilo, Char X 435kgs €1100 – €2.53 per kilo, AA X 310kgs €1060 – €3.42 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €1040 – €2.70 per kilo, 2 Char X 335kgs €935 – €2.79 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €905 – €2.66 per kilo, BB X 300kgs €930 – €3.10 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €980 – €2.96 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1000 – €2.77 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 370kgs €1230 – €3.32 per kilo, Sim X 445kgs €1060 – €2.38 per kilo, Lim 395kgs €1055 – €2.67 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1015 – €2.90 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €940 – €2.61 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €880 – €2.75 per kilo, Lim X 330kgs €900 – €2.73 per kilo, Lim X 355kgs €890 – €2.51 per kilo, Lim X 300kgs €885 – €2.95 per kilo, Lim X 290kgs €720 – €2.48 per kilo, SA X 280kgs €820 – €2.92 per kilo.

Finished hoggets

58.7kgs €136, 53.7kgs €132, 55.1kgs €130, 55.8kgs €126.

Spring lamb

46kgs €146, 49.3kgs €145, 52kgs €140, 52.3kgs €137.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“800 cattle presented for sale on Thursday last with both numbers and prices starting to peak as a strong contingent of buyers were out in force trying to source stock for summer grazing and exporters showing renewed interest leading to an excellent clearance.

  “The heifer ring witnessed good demand this week with a top price of €3.68 a kilo recorded for a BB heifer. In the weanling rings some fancy prices were recorded for the top quality lots and LMX weanling heifer weighing 310kgs fetched €1,505. Breeding stock continued to rise in price this week and the suckler ring recorded a good clearance while the calf trade remained firm this week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €980 to €1,560 per head. Springers made from €1,000 to €1,980 per head. Dairy calves made from €5 to €135 per head with Aberdeen Angus and Hereford types making from €130 to €265 while the continental types made up to €335.

  “150 bullocks presented for sale with bullocks making from €400 to €920 over their weight with an average price of €672 over their weight paid. Trade was very good on the day with a full clearance reported.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 11th) when we have our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Lmx 420kgs €1080, Chx 385kgs €1045, BB 495kgs €1825, Lmx 455kgs €1320, Ch 490kgs €1265, BBx 650kgs €1715, Lm 580kgs €1355, Ch 540kgs €1310.

Dry cows

Lmx 475kgs €1015, Lmx 870kgs €1665, Lm 710kgs €1430, Sa 660kgs €1115, Si 795kgs €1400.

Weanling heifers

Lm 260kg €815, Lm 285kgs €835, Chx 380kg €1175, Lmx 310kgs €1505, Ch 330kgs €1080, Ch 420kgs €1090, Ch 405kgs €1130, Lm 400kgs €1000.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €950, Ch 245kgs €825, Ch 295kgs €935, BB 305kgs €1190, Ch 430kgs €1225, AAx 280kgs €855.


Ch 495kgs €1330, AA 470kgs €1240, Lm 450kgs €1325, Ch 535kgs €1410, Ch 510kgs €1330, Ch 570kgs €1395, Lm 630kgs €1550, AA 690kgs €1460.