Prices like these not seen in 30 years

FARMERS are still anxious for cattle as was evident on Thursday where heifers in all shapes and sizes were the flavour of the day. Some of the prices paid have not been seen in over 30 years which indicates confidence for the future.The reason for the good prices are smaller supplies ,better beef prices and in the female section more demand for breeding heifers as suckler replacements. There has been a steady increase of younger farmers returning to the land since the demise of the Celtic Tiger. If farming is to prosper in the future more new blood has to enter the industry as at the moment the age profile is too high. Farmers who have sons interested in taking over the reins should consider drawing up an agreement to transfer the property and also safeguard their own future.

FARMERS are still anxious for cattle as was evident on Thursday where heifers in all shapes and sizes were the flavour of the day. Some of the prices paid have not been seen in over 30 years which indicates confidence for the future.The reason for the good prices are smaller supplies ,better beef prices and in the female section more demand for breeding heifers as suckler replacements. There has been a steady increase of younger farmers returning to the land since the demise of the Celtic Tiger. If farming is to prosper in the future more new blood has to enter the industry as at the moment the age profile is too high. Farmers who have sons interested in taking over the reins should consider drawing up an agreement to transfer the property and also safeguard their own future.

The programme on RTE television running this week called Heartland showed how the big supermarkets have squeezed out a lot of vegetable producers by cheaper imports and bully-boy tactics. The problem is that we may become totally dependent on exports which gives no guarantee of quality or supply. The same could happen to sheep and beef if price becomes the main focus point. Production costs in Ireland are much higher than South America. The EU and the multinationals know that there has been ongoing problems with meat sourced outside Europe and have failed the rigid standards which farmers in this continent have to adhere to. If we want a quality product farmers will have to get a decent living.

Thursdays cattle sale saw a smaller sale with a small decrease for some plain Friesian bullocks all other types including cull cows store bullocks and heifers meet an excellent trade which has been prevalent for the last few weeks.

The sheep trade has continued to hit new highs with spring lamb selling to E103 over the kilo. These prices may decrease in the coming weeks but the smaller supplies should help to stop the dramatic fall in prices which was evident other years for the sheep producer.The suckler sale which was to be held on Next Thursday Has been postponed until Thurs 19th May. Until next week good buying good selling and good luck.

600 Kg + E355 To E705 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

1 Lim 770 E1.91 E1,470

4 Cont 715 E1.99 E1,420

2 Herf 660 E1.74 E1,150

1 Fr 695 E1.51 E1,050

500 - 600 Kg E350 To E600 Over The Kilo

No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

1 Char 580 E2.02 1,170

15 Fr 560 E1.83 1,025

2 Aa 540 E1.93 1,040

1 Herf 540 E1.70 920

400 - 500 Kg E200 To E575 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

4 Char 475 E2.21 E1,050

1 Cont 490 E2.14 E1,050

3 Sim 435 E1.75 E760

6 Fr 415 E1.49 E620

Under 400 Kg E200 To E530 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

10 Char 385 E2.17 E835

1 Lim 370 E2.43 E900

3 Herf 335 E2.18 E730

2 Fr 315 E1.84 E580

Beef Heifers E300 To E705 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

2 Cont 675 E2.04 E1,380

2 Char 640 E1.97 E1,260

1 Herf 510 E1.84 E940

1 Aa 560 E1.79 E1,000

Butcher Heifers E280 To E480 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. Price(E)

1 Cont 480 E2.00 960

1 Fr 460 E1.61 740

1 Aa 480 E1.81 870

1 Herf 485 E1.75 850

Store Heifers E210 To E495 Over The Kilo No. Breed Wt. E/kg Price(E)

2 Lim 410 E2.21 E905

4 Cont 430 E2.12 E910

2 Aa 370 E1.59 E590

2 Herf 285 E1.98 E565

Weanlings

Heifers - E300 To E430 over or E2 To E2.20 Per Kio

Bulls - E420 To E660 over The Kilo or E2.40 To E2.95 Per Kilo

Cull cows

Fr Cull Cows E70 To E415 over The Kilo or E1.10 To E1.70 Per Kilo; Cont Cull Cows E250 To E630 over or E1.40 To E1.85 Per Kilo.