Roscommon People Mart Watch October 18th






Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“We had a very big entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale. Heifers averaged from €2.11 up to €2.71 per kilo with a 90% clearance of lots. There was a complete clearance of bullocks with prices averaging from €1.85 per kilo up to €2.18 per kilo. There was a good entry of dry cows with an easier trade and prices making from €1.35 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo. Once again, this week there was a large attendance of customers actively sourcing stock.

  “This Friday (18th) at 11 am. Special sale of bullocks (137 pens on offer). There will also be a special breeding heifer sale with 57 pens on offe as well as dry cows.

  “On Friday, October 25th there will be a special harvest sale of heifers with bullocks and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm this evening (Thursday 17th). 

  “There was a very large entry of weanlings on offer at Tuesday’s show and sale with a good attendance of buyers with farmers, exporters and agents anxious for stock.

  “The trade was slightly easier than the previous week. Prices for weanling heifers averaged from €2.21 per kilo up to €3.44 per kilo. Weanling bulls fetched from an average of €2.39 per kilo up to €3.75 per kilo. A special entry of springers made from €1,400 up to €1,840.

  “There will be a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday next (22nd) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 17th).

  “Tuesday, October 22nd at 6 pm sees 40 outstanding springing heifers in calf to the easy calving AI Limousin 5 Star bull (EBY).

All heifers scanned and guaranteed in calf to AI dates, calving from November 6th onwards.

Scanning certs and AI certs will be supplied on the evening of the sale. All heifers are calving down two half to three-year-old. All heifers are tested and clear from BVD and vaccinated for Leptospirosis and BVD. Contact Tommie Regan 086-8286795.

  “There was a smaller entry of sheep at this week’s sale. There was a steady trade for finished lambs with prices fetching €100 for 49.3kgs. A similar trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €66 up to €81. 

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


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Char X 925kgs €1450, Lim X 730kgs €1430, Lim X 675kgs €1360, Char X 740kgs €1300, BBX 775kgs €1300, Lim X 675kgs €1100, Lim X 650kgs €960, Char X 730kgs €1000, Lim X 615kgs €870.


Lim X 645kgs €1560, Char X 645kgs €1505, Lim X 600kgs €1430, 6 Char X 564kgs €1410, Char X 585kgs €1405, Lim X 580kgs €1370, 4 Lim X 547kgs €1320, Char X 570kgs €1310, 2 Lim X 565kgs €1305, BBX 515kgs €1255, 2 Char X 495kgs €1230, Lim X 545kgs €1305, 4 Char X 496kgs €1205, Char X 470kgs €1125, Lim X 480kgs €1120, BBX 465kgs €1045, Lim X 385kgs €1025, Char X 495kgs €1345.


HEX 560kgs €1050, Lim X 475kgs €1035, Lim X 460kgs €960, Lim X 445kgs €930, Lim X 475kgs €925, HEX 430kgs €840, Lim X 395kgs €800, Lim X 410kgs €840, LimX 345kgs €720, HEX 310kgs €650.

Weanling heifers

Char X 325kgs €1040 – €3.20 per kilo, Char X 290kgs €1000 – €3.44 per kilo, Char X 390kgs

€960 – €2.46 per kilo, Char X 3150kgs €910 – €2.88 per kilo, Lim X 325kgs €845 – €2.62 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €800 – €2.50 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €800 – €2.31 per kilo, 2 Char X 300kgs €730, Lim X 270kgs €695 – €2.57 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €600 – €2.35 per kilo, Lim X 245kgs €650 – €2.65 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 445kgs €1170 – €2.62 per kilo, Char X 315kgs €1160 – €3.68 per kilo, Lim X 450kgs €1150 – €2.55 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1105 – €3.15 per kilo, Char x 290kgs €1090 – €3.75 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1060 – €3.02 per kilo, 2 Lim X 367kgs €1035 – €2.81 per kilo, Char X 270kgs €1000 – €3.70 per kilo, Lim X 380kgs €905 – €2.38 per kilo, Simm X 330kgs €870 – €2.63 per kilo, BBX 310kgs €850 – €2.74 per kilo, 2 Char X 337kgs €820 – €2.42 per kilo, Char 295kgs €790 – €2.67 per kilo, 2 Char X 207kgs €640 – €3.08 per kilo.

Finished lambs

49.3 kgs €100, 49.8kgs €97, 51.2kgs €95, 46.7kgs €95, 49kgs €95, 46kgs €94, 49kgs €93, 48.7kgs €93, 46kgs €90, 45.5kgs €88.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Larger numbers of stock presented for sale this week due to the recent adverse weather conditions. Trade has held up well and in the weanling rings this week there was increased farmer activity and good export demand leading to a good clearance. Variance still exists between the quality calves and the plainer type lots with quality the driving force behind the better prices obtained.

  “In the heifer ring, trade was similar to previous weeks while the dry cow trade remained firm while breeding stock has noticed increased numbers with renewed interest, and cows with calves at foot topped out at €1,930.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €990 to €1,930 for a Limousin cow with her Charolais heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €940 to €1,610 per head.

  “There were larger numbers of runners/calves on offer this week with runners making from €120 to €735 for continental lots.

  “There were 230 bullocks on offer this week with prices averaging €474 over their weight. Trade and prices were similar to last week with a good attendance of buyers present.

  “Sales continue today (Thursday 17th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Lm 405kgs €980, Si 415kgs €900, AA 420kgs €890, Ch 460kgs €1065, AA 470kgs €1030, BB 525kgs €1360, Ch 590kgs €1265.

Dry cows

Lm 805kgs €1580, Lm 945kgs €1485, AA 855kgs €1455, Lm 855kgs €1430, AA 895kgs €1390, Hex 780kgs €1260, Lm 760kgs €1350.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €965, Ch 230kgs €800, Ch 295kgs €795, BBx 335kgs €1045, Ch 345kgs €1030, Ch 315kgs €940.

Weanling heifers

Ch 295kgs €880, Lm 270kgs €725, Ch 290kgs €765, Ch 315kgs €840, Lm 325kgs €800, Ch 315kgs €825.


Li 445kgs €1120, Ch 485kgs €1080, Ch 525kgs €1270, Lm 530kgs €1200, Ch 560kgs €1310, Ch 645kgs €1390, Ch 610kgs €1265.