Roscommon People Mart Watch – April 20th


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a brisk trade for bullocks last week with prices averaging from €2.51 per kilo up to €3.43 per kilo. There was an improved trade for heifers with prices ranging from €2.43 per kilo up to €3.16 per kilo resulting in a good clearance of lots. There was a large number of dry cows on offer with a full clearance of lots with averages of €1.72 per kilo up to €2.38 per kilo and with good demand from a large attendance of customers.      

  “This Friday (20th) sees an extra special sale of bullocks at 11 am, bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday) – heifers and dry cows are also available.

  “We had a small entry of sheep at last week’s sale. There was a similar trade for hoggets with prices topping €140. We had a bigger entry this week of spring lambs with a top price of €150. The trade for cast ewes was similar to the previous week with prices ranging from €40 to €150. There was a bigger entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week however, there was also a brisk trade for them with a very high percentage of lots sold.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot with a sheep scanning service every Wednesday (9 to 10 am).

  “Meanwhile, a Char X Weanling Bull (310kgs) fetched €1460 at the Big Week on the Farm live sale from the Mart last week with good numbers on offer in general.

  “There was a firm trade for weanling bulls with averages of  €2.51 per kilo up to €4.71 per kilo. There was a slightly easier trade for heifers with plainer lots more difficult to sell. Prices for weanling heifers averaged from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.29 per kilo. Cows with calves made up to €1730 while in-calf cows made from €1300 up to €1450”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 710kgs €1570, Lim 725kgs €1540, BBX 605kgs €1440, Lim X 735kgs €1410, AAX 730kgs €1350, AAX 700kgs €1340, Char X 690kgs €1310, Char 680kgs €1285, Lim X 690kgs €1230, Simm X 625kgs €1220, BBX 660kgs €1200, Fr 670kgs €915, BBX 530kgs €865, FRX 660kgs €1105, Fr 595kgs €830.


Lim 560kgs €1640, Char X 610kgs €1600, Char X 530kgs €1580, Char X 555kgs €1570, Lim X 590kgs €1550, Lim X 425kgs €1515, Simm X 610kgs €1350, Lim X 520kgs €1350, Lim 495kgs €1360, 2 Char X 575kgs €1365, Lim X 525kgs €1405, Char X 530kgs €1350, Simm X 605kgs €1345, Lim 490kgs €1335, Simm 475kgs €1225, 2 Lim X 452kgs €1180, Lim X 425kgs €1140, 2 Char X 402kgs €1060, Char X 400kgs €1020, Lim X 390kgs €1105, Lim X 330kgs €930.


Char 640kgs €1795, Char X 715kgs €1790, 2 Char X 777kgs €1700, 3 Char X 645kgs €1655, Char X 580kgs €1600, 3 Char X 555kgs €1520, 3 Lim X 603kgs €1515, 2 Char X 557kgs €1500, Char X 545kgs €1500, 4 Lim X 476kgs €1430,Char X 510kgs €1400, 2 Char X 435kgs €1365, Lim X 585kgs €1300, Simm X 500kgs €1300, AAX 615kgs €1310, 2 Char X 587kgs €1335, 2 Char X 442kgs €1325, 8 Char X 398kgs €1230, Char X 545kgs €1635, Char X 580kgs €1600, 3 Char X 555kgs €1520.

Spring lambs

56.5kgs €150, 44.4kgs €140, 42kgs €135, 41kgs €128.    


64kgs €140, 47.8kgs €130, 50kgs €125, 46.6kgs €120, 44.6kgs €120, 45kgs €112, 39.5kgs €106.

Weanling heifers

Char X 430kgs €1390, Lim X 380kgs €1250, Char X 400kgs €1245, BBX 425kgs €1200, 7 Char X 381kgs €1090, SAX 360kgs €1010, Lim 365kgs €1000, BBX 390kgs €955, 2 Char X 320kgs €905, Lim X 455kgs €900, Char X 355kgs €900, Simm X 420kgs €900, Simm X 310kgs €810, AAX 345kgs €785, 2 Lim X 290kgs €620.

Weanling bulls

Char X 310kgs €1460, Char X 475kgs €1390, Lim X 555kgs €1370, BBX 520kgs €1240, SHX 495kgs €1215, 3 Char X 418kgs €1150,

3 Lim X 395kgs €1130, 3 Char X 318kgs €1150, Simm X 445kgs €1205, Lim X 395kgs €1100, AAX 450kgs €995, SHX 445kgs €1045, Lim 325kgs €990, AAX 330kgs €940, Char X 355kgs €915.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“There were bigger numbers of stock presented for sale last week and trade remained firm for most categories. Quality store heifers were in strong demand as were the weanling bulls and weanling heifers.

  “Good demand was evident for the quality store cows while the forward short keep lots were improved in price. The calf ring reported a good clearance with some strong prices paid for the continental lots while breeding stock continue to rise in price. Cows with calves at foot made from €1000 to €1900 per head. Springer cows made from €1050 to €1640.

  “A dairy dispersal sale reported 100% clearance with milkers making from €1160 to €1620 per head and dairy replacement heifers making from €820 to €860 per head.

  “150 bullocks presented for sale last week with good demand on offer and a good clearance took place.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings and all sales commence 11 am. Farmers are reminded that the yard opens at 8 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices


Lm 420kgs €1240, BBx 420kgs €1110, Lm 385kgs €1060, Ch 480kgs €1255, AA 480kgs €1215, Ch 520kgs €1465, Her 580kgs €1325, Lm 5320kgs €1270.

Dry cows

Ch 495kgs €955, Lm 755kgs €1680, Lm 795kgs €1870, Chx 655kgs €1425.


Lm hfr €305, BB hfr €350, AA hfr €170, AA bull €260, Hex hfr €235, AA hfr €255, Lm bull €385, Si bull €395.


Weanling bulls

Ch 285kgs €905, Lm 285kgs €825, Lm 435kgs €1250, Lm 465kgs €1190, Ch 360kgs €1065.

Weanling heifers

Lm 280kgs €875, Lm 335kgs €1045, Chx 390kgs €1000, Ch 265kgs €805, Lm 385kgs €1085, Ch 405kgs €1040.


Lm 465kgs €1260, Ch 445kgs €1245, Lm 515kgs €1350, AA 540kgs €1280, Lm 560kgs €1410, AA 600kgs €1430, Lm 655kgs €1500.