Roscommon People Mart Watch – October 4th





Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart



“There were good numbers on offer again this week with an improved trade for heifers with prices up from the special sale held two weeks previous. Prices ranged from €2.11 per kilo up to €2.77 per kilo.

  “The number of bullocks were small this week owing to the large entry of 113 pens for next week’s sale. Prices ranged from €1.81 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo.

  “There was a good entry of dry cows with prices averaging from €1.44 per kilo up to €2.04 per kilo. Once again this week there were plenty of customers actively sourcing stock.

  “This Friday (October 4th), at 11 am, the mart will host a special sale of bullocks (113  pens on offer) as well as heifers and dry cows. Friday, October 11th will see a special harvest sale of heifers taking place. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 3rd), dry cows and bullocks will also be on offer.

  “There was a large turnout of excellent quality stock on offer at Tuesday’s show and sale of weanlings with a brisk trade for both bulls and heifers resulting in a very high percentage clearance of lots.

  “Exporters were very active again this week with Agents also very anxious for stock. Farmer buyers were more active this week and are expected to be much stronger in the coming weeks as they get their cattle slaughtered. Bull weanlings averaged from €2.42 per kilo up to €3.32 per kilo with a 92% clearance while heifer weanlings ranged from an average of €2.47 per kilo up to €3.27 with a clearance of 89%.

  “There will be a Fall Special sale of weanlings on Tuesday next (October 8th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday 3rd)”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Char 870kgs €1520, Char X 660kgs €1350, Lim X 820kgs €1315, Lim X 750kgs €1240, HEX 760kgs €1160, Simm X 725kgs €1150, Lim X 695kgs €1100, AAX 730kgs €1095,

BBX 665kgs €1000.



Char X 730kgs €1485, Char X 645kgs €1400, Char X 550kgs €1375, Lim X 480kgs €1330, Char X 555kgs €1300, Lim X 500kgs €1260, Char X 495kgs €1290, BBX 505kgs €1260, 2 Char 497kgs €1250, Char X 445kgs €1155, Lim X 440kgs €1085, Char X 440kgs €1080,

2 Lim X 415kgs €1060.



Lim X 605kgs €1110, SHX 660kgs €1100, BAX 645kgs €1100, Lim X 630kgs €1100, Lim X 670kgs €1100, Char X 525kgs €1060, Char X 500kgs €1000, SH 465kgs €900.


Weanling heifers

Char X 400kgs €1090 – €2.72 per kilo, Lim X 415kgs €1090 – €2.62 per kilo, BBX 350kgs €1045, €2.98 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €1005 – €3.04 per kilo, Lim X 375kgs €930 – €2.48 per kilo, Char X 315kgs €860 – €2.73 per kilo, 2 Lim X 357kgs €860 – €2.40 per kilo, Char X 390kgs €920 – €2.35 per kilo. Char X 305kgs €850 – €2.78 per kilo, BBX 275kgs €780 – €2.83 per kilo, BBX 335kgs €810 – €2.41 per kilo, BBX 260kgs €750 – €2.88 per kilo, AAX 240kgs €620 – €2.58 per kilo, AAX 240kgs €635 – €2.64 per kilo.   


Bull weanlings

Char X 535kgs €1340 – €2.50 per kilo, BBX 420kgs €1180 – €2.80 per kilo, Char X 460 kgs €1150 – €2.60 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €1140 – €3.30 per kilo, Lim 340kgs €1130 – €3.32 per kilo, Char X 415kgs €1070 – €2.57 per kilo, Char X 380kgs €1070 – €2.81 per kilo, BAX 355kgs €1100 – €3.09 per kilo, Char X 405kgs €1055 – €2.60 per kilo, Lim X 327kgs €1000 – €3.07 per kilo, 2 Char X 317kgs €985 – €3.10 per kilo, BAX 385kgs €960 – €2.49 per kilo, Simm X 370kgs €925 – €2.50 per kilo, 2 Simm X 385kgs €895 – €2.32 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €865 – €3.03 per kilo.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Castlerea Mart held its Annual Show and Sale of Continental Heifers and Belgian Blue Weanling on Thursday last.

  “A large entry of top-quality stock was presented for sale and sellers went home satisfied with a good trade prevailing, helped in no small way by the quality on offer.

  “The heifer prices peaked at €965 over or €3.01 a kilo. In the Belgian Blue Weanling classes the top prize-winning bull fetched €1,700 or €3 a kilo and the prize-winning Belgian Blue heifer weanling made €1,320 or €3.14 a kilo. Other categories of stock recorded prices similar to previous weeks with a good clearance taking place overall.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €1,160 to €1,340 per head. Springers made from €1,130 to €1,270 per head.

  “Numbers of calves presented for sale at Castlerea Mart have fallen while the runners have increased with prices ranging from €310 to €755 for the continental lots on offer.

  “There were 200 bullocks on offer at our Annual Show and Sale of Continental Bullocks.

Some top-quality stores recorded very strong prices on the day with prices topping out at €815 over and the lighter quality stores were best sellers on the day.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, October 3rd) when we hold our Annual Show and Sale of Aberdeen Angus Heifers. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Lmx 425kgs €1020, Lmx 420kgs €995, Ch 415kgs €930, BBx 480kgs €1445, Ch 460kgs €1200, Chx 455kgs €1135, Ch 600kgs €1400, Ch 560kgs €1445, Lmx 510kgs €1380.


Dry cows

Lmx 775kgs €1460, Ch 920kgs €1575, Lm 750kgs €1400, AA 495kgs €605, Ch 815kgs €1500.


Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €945, Ch 285kgs €890, Ch 298kgs €845, Ch 265kgs €800, BB 565kgs €1700, BB 495kgs €1500, BB 425kgs €1200.


Weanling heifers

Bbx 285kgs €850, Lm 260kgs €810, BB 385kgs €1175, Ch 360kgs €1040, Ch 315kgs €865, BBX 420kgs €1320.



Ch 460kgs €1185, Ch 470kgs €1090, Ch 545kgs €1300, Lm 500kgs €1170, Ch 585kgs €1420, Ch 560kgs €1345, Ch 625kgs €1365, Lm 705kgs €1520, Ch 650kgs €1390.