Feedlot slaughters in the first four months of this year rose to more than 134,000 from a total of 575,397 people killed, underscoring their importance to the factory trade.
The heir’s role as a safety valve for factories. When supplies are tight, many farmers are in distress, yet purchasing feedlots to store and carry forward livestock prices became the basis for fattening sheds at marts across the country. Is.
So when a major player like ABP Group is reported to be “comfortably back” from the market, as they have almost exhausted their sheds, you can expect prices at the mart to be affected.
Maurice Brosnan of Gortley and Robert de Vere Hunt of Cashel noted that some of their feedlot buyers were “more careful”, resulting in reduced prices “in places”, particularly among Angus-type stores.
Maurice considered 100-day-keeping Angus oxen to slip back from €3.40 to €3.20/kg, with Hereford also down 20c/kg to €3.00/kg.
Robert reports some feedlots in his part of the world to be complete, meaning it may be September before they are back in the action ring.
All that said, both men further reported a continuation of strong prices for factory cattle as factory buyers continued to bargain in “monopoly money”.
Feedlots aside, the general feeling is that unless we get a better hay growing season – ie wet and warm – the market for bulls under 450kg may be limited.
Many managers across the South said that with a lot of silage now saved, what was needed was a return to modest growing conditions to give buyers confidence going forward.
Overall, the average price of bullocks was affected, giving rise to this view; Those weighing 300-499kg slipped from 11-15c/kg.
Meanwhile in the country, Delvin in Westmeath and Raffo in Donegal reported higher-than-usual turnout for the day of the year, with Thomas Potterton of Delvin stating that some of those selling forward types were traditional grass finishers who decided to take strong leverage. has done. Mart prices.
Were these additional supplies the reason for the 500kg + bulls averaging 4-9c/kg lower last week as some decided to bank their profits early?
In a general sense, after an unprecedented spring, are we starting to see a leveling up in mart prices as buyers look to the future?
In Address – Near Mart
Although Maurice Brosnan described business as “a little easier in places” due to a drop in feedlot demand for Angus stores, a typical run of 400–600 kg stores made €2.80–3.40/kg.
However, Angus types were reduced to 20-30c/kg.
The heifer trade was “lethal” at €3.00–4.00/kg, and while the bull weanlings were not as fast, they still made €3.00–3.50/kg.
Muscle Friesian culled cows continued to be sold for €2.20–2.30/kg, with continental ones up to €3.00/kg.
A little short selling with ease of feedlot activity.
That said, any pile was too much to take. Among heifers, a 348kg limousine made €945/hd, while a 180kg Charolais-Hereford cross sold for €550/hd.
The 445kg Charolais-Belgian Blue Cross among oxen made €1,620 – a price that made the 620kg Angus cheaper at €1,600.
400 kg Friesian averaged around €2.00/kg, compared with 300 kg €1.70–2.00/kg.
Thomas Potterton rates its sales for the day of the year with an increase in the number of further types – averaging €2.50/kg, with a top €2.90/kg.
In the Heavy Division Thomas noted that his average price for May among 650kg+ bulls was €650/hd last year, versus €2.95/kg for 2021 at €2.14/kg.
Heifers under 300 kg average €2.62/kg, with €3.48/kg on top.
A small show of total cows saw an average of €2.79/kg – up to €300/hd in 2021.
Larger penetration than usual, with strong farmers, factory agents and feedlot buyer activity, leading to excellent business.
Further cattle made €2.80–3.80/kg, with mid-range weights making €2.60–3.60/kg.
The lighter division ranged between €2.80–3.80/kg.
The typical run for Friesians across the board was €1.90-2.40/kg.
Total cows were sold from €800 for parlor types up to €2,850 for the highest beef.
Last week trading here was also good, with a lot of demand for bulls and heifers ahead.
Further oxen samples included a 580 kg Charolais at €2,000, a 630 kg limousine at €1,980 and a 580 kg Angus at €1,800.
For those with prepared beef, prices ranged between €2.85-3.40/kg.
In stores, top calls include 425kg and 440kg Charolais for €1,470 and €1,510/hd respectively, with a 480kg limousine making €1,700.
It was a similar story on the heifer side, with the better 400–500 kg Continental doing up to €3.25/kg and the similar-weight Angus doing €2.80–3.00/kg.
The benchmark was €2.95-3.40/kg in the forward and beef sections.
A huge sale for the time of year, with just over 600 on offer, and shippers and farmers kept a strong foothold under the weaning trade.
The baseline for better oxen remains at €3.00/kg, with lighter types such as the 345–355kg Charolais making €3.69–3.88/kg.
Four 366kg limousines in the 400kg+ section made €3.44/kg, as did a 415kg Belgian Blue, while a 540kg limousine clicked for €1,720 or €3.18/kg.
Top calls from the weaning heifer include the 390-395kg Charolais selling for €3.29-3.33/kg, the 275kg Piedmontese and 292kg limousines for €3.56 and €373/kg respectively.
A large sale was accompanied by a vibrant trade with 1,442 major offerings, with beef and further types rated as “serious”.
The best calves saw a 564kg Belgian Blue at €2,000, followed by a 570kg Angus at €1,890, while a 362kg Charolais saw a 482kg Angus for €1,140 with a hammer at €1,300.
Top calls on the bull side included €2,010 for a 612 kg limousine, followed by €2,160 for 610 kg, while a 700 kg limousine sold for €2,090.
In the lighter division, six 421kg Angus made €1,180/hd, with two 501kg limousines clicking for €1,420/hd, while five 560kg Friesians sold for €1,400/hd.