Roscommon People Mart Watch – October 20th




Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a huge entry of cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale. Once again this week quality lots were to the fore in fetching top prices while the plainer lots were more difficult to sell. There was a brisk trade for bullocks with prices averaging from €2.35 per kilo up to €3.14 per kilo. Heifer prices ranged from an average of €2.19 per kilo up to €3.27 for a top quality Lim X heifer weighing 490kgs and fetching €1605. There was a big entry of dry cows with lots averaging from €1.55 per kilo up to €2.06 per kilo Friday. Heifers made from €315 to €1115 over, dry cows made from €670 to €1705 per lot and bullocks made from €390 to €1100 over.

  “This Friday (27th) sees a special sale of heifers with 70 pens on offer as well as bullocks and dry cows. Sales commence at 11 am and cattle must be penned by 10 am. A date for your diary: Roscommon Mart will host a winter special sale for bullocks on Friday, November 3rd at 11 am. The sale will also include heifers and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, 26th).”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Char 890kgs €1705, Lim 785kgs €1605, BBX 685kgs €1410, Simm 745kgs €1350, Char X 775kgs €1200, Simm 645kgs €1110, Lim X 610kgs €935, Lim X 480kgs €785, Lim X 695kgs €1415, Lim 700kgs €1380, Lim X 695kgs €1150, Char X 670kgs €970.


Lim X 490kgs €1605, Lim X 560kgs €1565, Lim X 560kgs €1560, Lim X 525kgs €1410, Simm X 485kgs €1380, Lim 490kgs €1320, AAX 585kgs €1230, HEX 620kgs €1320, Lim X 440kgs €1160, Simmx 485kgs €1290, 3 Char X 476kgs €1100, AAX 485kgs €1080, SHX 470kgs €1065, Simm 445kgs €1075. BBx 440kgs €940,Lim X 405kgs €910, Simm X 480kgs €940, AAX 585kgs €1230, Char 410kgs €970, 2 Lim X 335kgs €745, AAX 390kgs €750, Lim X 420kgs €900.


Lim X 735kgs €1700, Char X 725kgs €1700, 2 Char X 560kgs €1660, 2 Char x 622kgs €1560, Char X 560kgs €1540, 2 Char X 542kgs €1510, 2 Char X 477kgs €1500, 2 Lim X 592kgs €1500, 4 Char X 530kgs €1415, Char X 475kgs €1250, 2 Lim X 482kgs €1125, Lim X 580kgs €1375, 2 Char X 555kgs €1560, 3 Lim X 530kgs €1250, Lim X 460kgs €1195, Lim X 455kgs €960, 2 Char X 435kgs €1225, Lim X 480kgs €1000.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“There were 900 cattle on offer last week and despite the recent stormy and wet weather conditions, trade has held up well and in some cases prices improved with increased demand.  

  “Heifers and dry cows reported good clearances while the top quality weanlings were also a strong trade and renewed interest in the suckler cows also reported strong demand this week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €910 to €1970 for a Charolais cow and her Limousin bull calf at foot. Springers made from €700 to €1500 per head. There were bigger numbers of runners on offer this week with top quality lots making up to €745 per head.

“Sales continue at Castlerea Mart with three rings in operation.”

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Ch 400kgs €970, Ch 390kgs €960, Lm 470kgs €1145, Ch 530kgs €1285, Lm 540kgs €1245, Si 570kgs €1240, BBx 470kgs €1075.

Dry cows

Lm 815kgs €1615, Lm 730kgs €1425, Ch 775kgs €1410, Ch 780kgs €1415, Lm 445kgs €810.

Weanling bulls

Lmx 195kgs €665, Lm 180kgs €585, Chx 280kgs €1070, Ch 280kgs €855, Ch 355kgs €1100.

Weanling heifers

Chx 295kgs €940, Lm 260kgs €755, BB 235kgs €1025, Lm 345kgs €925, Lm 330kgs €880.