Roscommon People Mart Watch – May 17th




Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was a good sale again this week with excellent stock on offer. There was a very lively trade for heifers with prices ranging from €2.41 per kilo up to €3 per kilo. Numbers of bullocks on offer were small. There was a large number of dry cows only one lot unsold. Prices for dry cows ranged from €1.71 per kilo up to €2.34 per kilo.  There were plenty of customers sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots.

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks this Friday (17th) at 11 am. The following Friday (24th) will see a special sale of heifers with bookings accepted up to 5 pm today.

  “There were smaller numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale which saw a dip in trade for spring lamb with prices fetching €120 for 50.2kgs. Prices for finished hoggets, meanwhile, peaked at €105 for 52.7kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €68 up to €120 and while there was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week, there was a brisk trade with a full clearance. Sheep sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Simm X 995kgs €1990, Simm X 985kgs €1900, Lim X 700kgs €1640, BBX 680kgs €1550, Char X 685kgs €1510, Lim 645kgs €1445, He 720kgs €1360, AAX 725kgs €1230, Char X 590kgs €1290, Lim X 705kgs €1445, Lim X 535kgs €970, Lim X 640kgs €1100.


Char X 790kgs €1860, Char X 645kgs €1600, Char X 555kgs €1470, Char X 535kgs €1405, Lim X 520kgs €1385, BBX 540kgs €1335, Lim X 490kgs €1325, Char X 550kgs €1325, 2 Char 485kgs €1275, Lim X 445kgs €1210, Char X 460kgs €1160, Lim X 405kgs €1125, Char X 380kgs €1030, 2 Char X 395kgs €985, AAX 415kgs €900, Lim X 330kgs €990.

Spring lamb

50.2kgs €120, 58kgs €120, 52.4kgs €118, 54.3kgs €117, 48kgs €117, 55kgs €117, 47.8kgs €115, 44.5kgs €114, 44.2kgs €112, 41.6kgs €110.

Finished hoggets

52.7kgs €105, 50.8kgs €102, 55.7kgs €100.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“A large entry of stock presented for sale again this week with the bullock and heifer rings reporting a very good trade and the heifers in particular recording some very fancy prices on the day. The weanling rings reported a similar story with demand remaining strong for both bulls and heifers.

  “Dry cows were a flying trade also for both the stores and the forward lots while breeding stock and calves reported good clearances with €585 recorded for a three-week-old Belgian Blue bull calf.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,000 to €1,950 for a Limousin cow and her Limousin heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €1,040 to €1,400 per head. There were good numbers of calves and runners on offer with trade and prices remaining good for all lots on offer.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 16th) 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 455kgs €1260, Ch 425kgs €1175, Lm 475kgs €1205, AAx 520kgs €1305, AA 500kgs €1220, Lm 510kgs €1205.


Ch 405kgs €1065, Lm 495kgs €1345, Lmx 470kgs €1265, Ch 510kgs €1505, Lm 550kgs €1445, Ch 540kgs €1370.

Dry cows

Chx 680kgs €1500, AAx 760kgs €1470, Lm 700kgs €1450, Lmx 685kgs €1405, Lmx 800kgs €1595.


Hex bull €355, Hex hfr €365, BB bull €585, AA hfr €240, Lm hfr €405, Fr bull €90, Fr bull €140.

Weanling bulls

Ch 285kgs €960, Ch 255kgs €885, Lm 250kgs €840, Lm 245kgs €835, Ch 430kgs €1125, Ch 375kgs €1080.

Weanling heifers

Si 295kgs €905, Lm 270kgs €840, Ch 260kgs €810, Ch 310kgs €1020, Lm 330kgs €1000, Ch 320kgs €935, BBx 280kgs €870.