Roscommon People Mart Watch – September 22nd

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was another large entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale (15th of September) which included a special sale of heifers.

  “There was a brisk trade for heifers with prices averaging from €2.32 per kilo up to €2.93 per kilo and an 87% clearance rate. Again this week there was a good attendance of customers anxious for stock. 

  “There was a good entry of bullocks with prices ranging from €2.15 per kilo up to €2.73 per kilo and a 93% clearance of lots. There was a lively trade for dry cows with averages of €1.69 per kilo up to €2.06 per kilo and high clearance of 96%.

  “We have a Special Sale of Bullocks Friday next September 22nd with 130 pens on offer. Also, heifers & dry cows. Don’t forget – Special Sale of Heifers Friday, September 29th at 11 a.m. Also bullocks & dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, September 21st.

  “With regard to breeeding ewes, sales continue on Saturday at 11 a.m.  Gates open at 8 am on Saturday next, September, 23rd. Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel Rams – show at 12.30 pm, sale at 1.30 pm.

  “In our Sheep Sale on Wednesday, 20th of September, we had a similar entry of sheep at this week’s sale. There was a slight dip in trade for lambs with the tops fetching €105 for 51.3 kgs. There were excellent ewe lambs on offer again this week. A pen of good quality ewe lambs 47.8 kgs made €128.5. Prices for cast ewes ranged from €40 up to €132 per head.

  “Sheep sales continue each Wednesdays at 11 am for lambs & cast ewes. Sales for breeding ewes and hoggets is on Saturday, September 23rd – Sale at 11 am. Gates open at 8 am. On Saturday next, September 23rd, Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel Sheep. Show 12.30 pm. Sale at 1.30 pm.”

Roscommon Mart sample prices


Char X 860 kgs €1690, Char 830 kgs €1680, Simm X 840 kgs €1600, AAX 815 kgs €1550, Lim 705 kgs €1320, Lim 635 kgs €1310, BBX 670 kgs €1165 PTX 540 kgs €1080, Lim 555 kgs €1100, Lim 635 kgs €1310. Heifers made from €420 to €1185  over.

Finished lambs

51.3kgs €105, 57 kgs €103.5, 60 kgs €103.5, 50.5 kgs €102.5, 52.6 kgs €102 50.7kgs €102, 49.7 €100, 48.6 kgs €100.

Ewe lambs

47.8kgs €128.5, 48kgs €115, 46kgs €115, 47.5kgs €112 44.5kgs €102, 44.7kgs €101, 43.4kgs €100, 45kgs €100.

Store lambs

39.2kgs €86, 42.9 kgs €85.5, 42.1 kgs €82.5, 39.4kgs €82, 37.8kgs €79, 38.4 kgs €77.50, 38.8 kgs €74. Cast ewes made from €40 to €132 per lot.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Despite the recent inclement weather conditions trade remained very strong for most classes of stock on offer at our sale last Thursday.

  “In the weanling rings big numbers were presented again this week with trade and prices holding firm while the heifer and cow trade reported good clearances. Bigger numbers of runners presented this week with strong farmer demand especially for the continental lots.

  “At our Bullock sale on Monday, 11th of September, there were 200 bullocks on offer with bullocks making from €400 to €1055 over with an average of €580 over paid with prices best for the quality continental stores.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Monday next, the 18th of September, with our bullock sale and next Thursday with our annual Show and Sale of Weanlings in conjunction with our usual sale. All sales commence at 11 am.”

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Chx 405kgs €1100 lm 405kgs €1050 Ch 490kgs €1315 Lm 480kgs €1205 ch 455kgs €1190 Lmx 555kgs €1385 Ch 530kgs €1300.

Dry cows

Ch 810kgs €1560BBx 740kgs €1475 Lm 705kgs €1395 Lm 880kg €1560 Lm 740kgs €1390. Cows with calves at foot made from €950 to €1750 per head. Springer cows made up to €1300 per head. Runners: Hereford Angus crosses made from €300 to €525 with the continentals making up to €760.

Weanling bulls

Ch 290kgs €1040 Ch 285kgs €1000 ch 270kgs €905 ch 460kgs €1220 BBx 430kgs €1150 Ch 425kgs €1130.

Weanling heifers

Lmx 290kgs €930 Ch 270kgs €860 Ch 350kgs €1085 Lm 330kgs €1045 Lm 310kgs €1040 Ch 420kgs €1050.