Roscommon People Mart Watch – August 30th





Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There were good numbers of top-quality cattle on offer at Friday’s special sale for bullocks and heifers with a firm trade and good demand from the large number of customers in attendance resulting in a very high clearance of lots.

  “Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.18 per kilo up to €2.73 per kilo. Heifers fetched from €2.10 per kilo up to €2.50 per kilo. There was a good entry of dry cows with prices averaging from €1.59 per kilo up to €1.93 per kilo.   

  “This Friday (30th), the mart will host the usual sale for bullocks, heifers and dry cows at 11 am. On Friday, September 6th there will be a Fall/Autumn Special Sale of Bullocks and heifers and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 29th).

  “There was a brisk trade for both ewes and hoggets at Saturday’s breeding ewes sale with an improved price resulting in an excellent clearance of lots. 

  “Hoggets made up to €215, 2-year-old ewes fetched up to €172 with 3-year-old ewes making €156.

  “Sales continue this Saturday (31st) with the West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeder Club. Gates open at 8 am with 45 top-quality rams and a selection of ewe lambs on offer. Show at 11.30 am and sale at 1.30 pm.

  “There was a larger entry of sheep on offer at this week’s sale. There was a steady trade for lambs with prices fetching €102 for 51.8kgs. There was also plenty of ewe lambs on offer with a top price of €114 for 47.9kgs There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €55 up to €122. 

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 930kgs €1740, BBX 770kgs €1490, Char 775kgs €1400, Char 865kgs €1350, Lim 785kgs €1300, Simm X 820kgs €1290, Lim X €1250, Char 635kgs €1030, Lim 670kgs €1105.


Lim X 587kgs €1355, Char X 640kgs €1280, Char X 635kgs €1325, Lim X 550kgs €1240, Char X 540kgs €1200, Simm X 480kgs €1105, Char X 495kgs €1100, Lim X 470kgs €1080, 2 Char X 432kgs €1000, 2 Lim X 430kgs €1025, Char X 440kgs €1010, 2 Char X 407kgs €1000, 2 Lim 387kgs €940.


Lim X 750kgs €1570, Char X 685kgs €1500, 3 Char X 585kgs €1500, Char X 590kgs €1445, Char X 530kgs €1380, Char X 540kgs €1405, 4 Char X 553kgs €1360, 3 Char X 545kgs €1355, Char X 475kgs €1300, Lim X 485kgs €1255, Lim X 490kgs €1225, Char X 490kgs €1190, Lim X 470kgs €1165, Lim X 435kgs €1075, Simm X 390kgs €900.

Spring lamb

51.8kgs €102, 55kgs €99, 56.9kgs €99, 53kgs €97.50, 49.4kgs €97, 49.8kgs €99, 46.7kgs €94.50, 47.3kgs €90.

Ewe lambs

47.9kgs €114, 48kgs €107, 53kgs €103, 45kgs €101.50, 54.9kgs €101, 49.3kgs €101, 44.8kgs €100, 44.2kgs €100, 45.2kgs €95, 43.5kgs €91.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There was a bigger turnout of stock this week due to the recent inclement weather conditions. Trade for the store bullocks was improved on last week while the heavier bullocks reached €785 over their weight.

  “The heifer ring reported a good clearance also even though the quality was not as good as previous weeks. The dry cow ring witnessed a good clearance this week with a top price of €1,845 paid. The weanling numbers are starting to increase with the top of the bulls making €3.16 a kilo and the heifers reached €2.76 a kilo.

  “Runners and breeding stock reported good demand while the springer sale reported a full clearance. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,110 to €1,330 per head. Young calves made from €140 to €380 with runners making from €350 to €780 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 29th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Ch 440kgs €1080, SAX 455kgs €1040, Lm 465kgs €1060, Lm 525kgs €1150, BBx 540kgs €1165, Lm 545kgs €1165, Lm 625kgs €1310, Ch 695kgs €1480.


Lm 410kgs €950, Ch 380kgs €850, Ch 385kgs €890, Lm 450kgs €1035, Sax 480kgs €1045, Lm 590kgs €1265, Ch 610kgs €1220, Lm 450kgs €995.

Dry cows

Ch 990kgs €1845, Ch 710kgs €1400, Lm 720kgs €1375, Ch 715kgs €1370, Ch 835kgs €1345, Lm 645kgs €1075, Si 610kgs €970. Springers made from €700 to €1370 per head.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €860, Ch 265kgs €800, Ch 245kgs €775, Ch 405kgs €1280, Ch 375kgs €1010, Ch 410kgs €985.

Weanling heifers

Chx 280kgs €775, Lm 280kgs €680, AA 290kgs €660, Ch 345kgs €850, Lm 330kgs €805, Ch 340kgs €765.