Quality was met with a strong demand in Granard Mart last Wednesday for its weekly sale of heifers, bullocks and dry cows.
A total entry of 75 lots of heifers and bullocks went through the scales, with buyers out in force contributing to an overall clearance rate of 97%.
Demand for bullocks was firm, with plenty of buyer activity for quality types and short-keep finish lots.
At the top of the market, lighter bullocks weighing between 300kg and 400kg were selling from €2.67/kg to €3.16/kg, with a number of bullocks in this weight bracket making over €3.00/kg.
Bullocks weighing in the 400kg to 550kg bracket were selling from €2.37/kg for an Aberdeen Angus up to €3.08/kg paid for a Charolais. Heavier bullocks over 550kg sold from €2.45/kg to €2.80/kg.
Heifers weighing 300kg to 400kg averaged at €2.60/kg, with store heifers weighing between 400kg and 500kg trading from €2.40/kg to €3.05/kg.
Forward store heifers weighing over the 600kg mark traded on average at €2.70/kg.
A large entry of 56 dry cows was also featured in the sale, with well-fleshed continental types continuing to be a strong trade.
Heavy fleshed cows sold mainly from €1,700 (€2.46/kg) to €2,170 (€2.68/kg), with top price on the day achieved by a September 2014-born Limousin cow weighing 850kg and selling for €2,440 (€2.87/kg).
Lighter, Friesian-cross cows were an easier trade, selling mainly from €1.11/kg to €2.00/kg.
Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, mart manager Jodie Reilly said: “It seems that the lighter store bullocks and heifers are being met with a firmer demand.
"Even with factories trying to impact prices, there is still a strong presence of farmer buyers keeping a firm floor under prices.”
Granard Mart will host its next sale on Monday 4 July with a sale of weanlings and sucklers.