Roscommon People Mart Watch – February 23rd


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Despite the recent inclement weather conditions and dangerous driving conditions we had a good turn out of stock at our sale on Thursday last. Trade in general was similar to the previous week with a good attendance of customers present trying to source stock.

  “Bullocks, heifers and weanlings reported a firm trade while the dry cows reported a full clearance and there were increased numbers of breeding stock on offer this week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €700 to €1470 per head. Springer cows made from €780 to €1500 per head. Young calves made form €70 to €300 with stronger runner types making from €300 to €565 per head.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Chx 470kgs 1245, Lm 475kgs €1230, Ch 500kgs €1235, Lm 520kgs €1240, Ch 550kgs €1385, Ch 575kgs €1340.


Lm 495kgs €1235, Lm 460kgs €1125, Ch 530kgs €1390, BBx 570kgs €1340, Lm 560kgs €1305, Ch 585kgs €1400.

Dry cows

Lmx 775kgs €1545, AA 800kgs €1415, Lm 720kgs €1345, Ch 670kgs €1115, BBx 655kgs €1205, Fr 675kgs €1030.

Weanling bulls

Lm 290kgs €910, Lm 275kgs €870, Ch 415kgs €1250, Ch 325kgs €1070, Ch 470kgs €1215, Lm 325kgs €1100, AA 295kgs €760.

Weanling heifers

Lm 230kgs €740, Ch 360kgs €1000, Lm 330kgs €945, Lm 330kgs €905, Ch 340kgs €960, Ch 410kgs €1200.


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a large entry of excellent quality Weanlings on offer at last Tuesday’s sale (13th).  There was flying trade for weanling bulls with prices averaging from €2.60 per kilo up to tops of €3.42 per kilo. There was also a brisk trade for weanling heifers with lots ranging from €2.61 per kilo up to €3.43 per kilo. There was a great demand for all types of stock resulting in a very high percentage clearance rate.

  “While exporters were actively sourcing stock there was also a very strong presence of both farmers and agents.

  “There were better numbers on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was a cracking trade for bullocks with a 98% clearance of lots and averages of €2.50 per kilo up to €2.98 per kilo. Heifer prices ranged from €2.16 per kilo up to €2.47 per kilo with all lots sold.

  “There was a 99% clearance of dry cows with prices averaging from €1.67 per kilo up to €2.06 per kilo.

  “Special sale of Heifers this Friday (23rd) at 11 am with 30 pens on offer as well as dry dows and bullocks. There will also be a special springtime sale of bullocks on Friday, March 2nd at 11 am including dry cows and heifers also. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 22nd).

  “Roscommon Mart will also host a special sale of Contintental X weanlings on Tuesday, February 27th at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, 22nd).

  “Meanwhile, we had a small entry of sheep at last week’s sale. There was a similar trade for hoggets with prices as high as €120. The trade for cast ewes was on a par to the previous week with prices ranging from €50 to €127.

  “Cast ewes made from €50 to €127 per lot, in-lamb ewes made from €145 to €170, ewe with one lamb at foot made up to €160 and ewe with two lambs at foot made up to €240.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. There is a sheep scanning service each Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.R

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

Char X 465kgs €1180, Char X 455kgs €1160, Lim X 390kgs €1155, Lim X 395kgs €1080, BAX 370kgs €1020, Char X 350kgs €970, Lim X 360kgs €990, Lim X 285kgs €940, Char X 325kgs €930, BBX 260kgs €790, BBX 295kgs €820, 2 Char X 335kgs €805, Char X 290kgs €870, Char X 250kgs €700, BBX 290kgs €700, Lim X 310kgs €750.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 495kgs €1435, Char x 590kgs €1400, Char X 560kgs €1385, BBX 515kgs €1370, Lim X 445kgs €1290, 2 Lim X 520kgs €1250,

Char 415kgs €1230, Lim 465kgs €1220, Char X 435kgs €1155, Char X 370kgs €1265, BAX 415kgs €1150, Simm X 395kgs €1075, 2 BBX 405kgs €1050, Simm X 400kgs €1050, Char X 385kgs €1035, AAX 460kgs €970, 3 Char X 353kgs €1030.


52kgs €120, 47.8kgs €115, 48kgs €112.5, 47kgs €110, 41.3kgs €102, 45.1kgs €100.

Dry Cows

Char 795kgs €1560, Char 835kgs €1560, Char 725kgs €1330, Lim X 675kgs €1300, Simm X 675kgs €1270, Lim 730kgs €1210, Simm X 650kgs €1160, SAX 665kgs €1140, Lim 595kgs €1130, Fr 680kgs €965, AA 585kgs €815, Lim X 610kgs €1060.


Char X 540kgs €1270, Simm 585kgs €1100, Char X 440kgs €1085, Char X 450kgs €1000, Lim X 460kgs €990, Lim X 500kgs €975, BBX 425kgs €950, BBX 445kgs €950, AAX 410kgs €830, AAX 395kgs €810.


Char X 600kgs €1700, Char X 595kgs €1700, BBX 635kgs €1685, 2 Char X 555kgs €1650, Lim 635 kgs €1605, 5 Char X 555kgs €1570, 2 Char X 510kgs €1520, Lim X 545kgs €1470, Simm X 575kgs €1505, 2 Char X 572kgs €1465, 3 Char X 535kgs €1400, 2 Lim X 482kgs €1345, 2 Char X 485kgs €1285, 2 Simm X 565kgs €1335, Simm X 440kgs €880, 3 Char X 420kgs €1135.