Roscommon People Mart Watch – September 20th



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer again this week with a steady trade for all classes. Numbers of bullocks were small due to the big entry of 90 pens for next week’s special sale.

  “There was a full clearance of bullocks and dry cows with an 86% of heifers sold. Bullocks averaged from €1.67 per kilo up to €1.91 per kilo. Heifers fetched from an average of €2.06 per kilo up to €2.52 per kilo with dry cows selling from an average of €1.50 per kilo up to €1.88 per kilo.

  “This Friday (20th), there will be a special sale of bullocks at 11 am with 90 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry cows. On Friday, September 27th the mart will host a special sale of heifers (also dry cows and bullocks). Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today.

  “There were smaller numbers on offer at last Saturday’s sale of breeding sheep with a good demand for all classes resulting in the majority of lots getting sold.

  “Two-year-old breeding sheep fetched up to €170. Three-year-olds made up to €156 while hoggets fetched up to €191.

  “Sales for breeding sheep continue this Saturday (21st). There will also be a show and sale of pedigree Texel rams, with show at 12 Noon and the sale following the breeding ewes. 

  “There was a large entry of sheep at Wednesday’s sale. There was a steady trade for finished lambs with prices fetching €100 for 50kgs. There were plenty of excellent quality ewe lambs on offer with a top price of €134 for 53.5kgs There was a dip in trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €45 up to €90. 

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


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Char X 880kgs €1485, Lim X 800kgs €1480, Char X 825kgs €1450, AAX 750kgs €1350, Char X 715kgs €1350, Lim X 715kgs €1255, Char X 730kgs €1190, Lim X 745kgs €1190, AAX 635kgs €1100, Char X 675kgs €1020, HEX 705kgs €1145.


Char X 675kgs €1480,Char X 640kgs €1385, Lim X 650kgs €1385, Char X 650kgs €1355, Char X 600kgs €1350, Char X 610kgs €1350, Char X 585kgs €1310, Char X 550kgs €1200, Lim X 510kgs €1200, 2 Lim X 540 kg s€1180, 2 Char X 460kgs €1135, Lim X 450kgs €1135, Char X 460kgs €1100, Lim X 460kgs €1020, Char X 375kgs €940, Char X 370kgs €905, 2 Lim X 357kgs €860.


AAX 595kgs €940, Lim X 550kgs €900, AAX 540kgs €880, Lim X 365kgs €700, Lim X 385kgs €670,AAX 375kgs €650.

Finished lambs

50kgs €100, 51.9kgs €97, 52.3kgs €97, 54.6kgs €96, 50.2kgs €95, 53.8kgs €95, 51kgs €95, 50kgs €93.

Ewe lambs

53.5kgs €134, 56.4kgs €121, 45.8kgs €115, 51.5kgs €115, 54.1kgs €113, 46.4kgs €110, 47.8kgs €108, 46.5kgs €106, 47.1kgs €104, 44kgs €103, 43.2kgs €100.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“There were 700 cattle on offer last week with a better trade for all categories of stock in general. The bullock and heifer rings reported good demand and despite the pressure on beef prices at the moment, demand was good for the quality stores.

  “In the weanling rings numbers and prices continue to grow aided by strong export demand especially for the lighter calves with increased farmer activity this week. The dry cow trade and breeding stock remains firm while the runners reported an excellent clearance.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €940 to €1,440 per head with springers making from €1,150 to €1,400 per head. Young calves made from €170 to €320 per head with runners making from €350 to €750 for continental type lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 19th) with our Continental Weanling Show and Sale (500 weanlings on offer) in conjunction with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. There are three rings in operation and sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lm 795kgs €1490, Lm 740kgs €1430, Si 810kgs €1405, BBx 820kgs €1400, Hex 495kgs €750.


Lm 495kgs €1190, Ch 405kgs €1085, Ch 415kgs €1050, Ch 515kgs €1155, Lm 585kgs €1295, Ch 575kgs €1260, AA 705kgs €1490, AA 695kgs €1450.


Lm 415kgs €975, Lm 400kgs €910, Lm 440kgs €1080, Lm 475kgs €1080, Ch 740kgs €1470, Lm 590kgs €1330, Ch 550kgs €1230, BBX 600kgs €1290, AA 670kgs €1365.

Weanling bulls

Ch 260kgs €885, Ch 295kgs €860, Ch 275kgs €815, Ch 375kgs €975, BBx 390kgs €950, Ch 385kgs €920, Ch 370kgs €920.

Weanling heifers

Ch 265kgs €740, Ch 250kgs €690, Ch 240kgs €660, Ch 370kgs €970, Ch 305kgs €805, Ch 340kgs €890, Sim 270kgs €665.