Question been asked is will these animals leave a profit in a year’s time?

Farmers who bought last week’s Farmers Journal cannot but be impressed with the photograph of their mart Cillin Hill. The front page photograph showed over 600 farmers who attended a special seminar on Profitable Suckling Farming.

Farmers who bought last week’s Farmers Journal cannot but be impressed with the photograph of their mart Cillin Hill. The front page photograph showed over 600 farmers who attended a special seminar on Profitable Suckling Farming.

The speakers included Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture, John Bryan President of the IFA, Director of Teagasc Prof Gerry Boyle and many more. All speakers were positive as to the future of farming and stated that prices should remain stable for the next few years .The Minister stated the importants of suckler farming to the Irish economy .He stated where as over 17,000 are involved in Dairy Farming over 100,000 are suckler farmers and this sector is the heartbeat of rural Ireland and should never be a byproduct of the dairy sector. With the arrival this week of Xi Jinping the next reported leader of China plus a large delegation of food experts it is hoped that this enormous market might develop for both meat and dairy products. If this happens job numbers will start to be increased in the food sector and confidence will start to soar in all Agri Business. Before I leave the subject well done to Terry Carroll and all the Teagasc team on organising such a successful conference.

Our Dairy sale of last week attracted almost 100 head with a top call of €2,020 on two occasions for freshly calved heifers. With customers coming from Monaghan, Galway, Wicklow and of course neighbouring counties there are plenty of customers for quality dairy animals. Also taking place on Monday is our calf sale which last week saw continental bulls selling to a high of €475 with heifers to €415 these prices show terrific confidence for the future which hopefully will be justified .Farmers should note that Dairy and Calf sales will be taking place every Monday until further notice. The calf sale starts at12.15pm with Dairy at 1.30pm.

The sheep sales are very small with prices steady .Most butcher type hoggets are ranging from €120 to €125 per head with a top call of €130 for 60kg hoggets.Even though numbers are small factory agents state the product is hard to sell in the present climate

On Thursday trade for all cattle remained strong with lots of customers for all types. A special sale of sucklers saw a top call of €1750 for a cow with a calf at foot .Light store bullocks and heifers are attracting lots of interest with prices as high as €3.20 per kilo. The question been asked is will these animals leave a profit. Since most of these animals will not be sold for at least another year the answer to that question is sometime away.

Until next week good buying,good selling and good luck

Sheep and calves

Smaller sale of sheep with trade similar to last week. Over 100 calves on offer with Cont Bulls selling to €450 per head. Dairy stock slightly easier with a top call of €1960 for a fresh calved heifer.

Butchers Lambs €68 to €80 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

20 56 €2.29 128

11 55 €2.45 135

22 52 €2.38 124

23 51 €2.37 121

Factory Lambs €62 to €72 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

10 Ewes 47 €2.55 120

20 45 €2.58 116

8 43 €2.49 107

10 41 €2.66 109

Store Lambs €40 to €62 over the kilo

No. Wt.(kg) Price(€)

12 42 €2.33 98

11 41 €2.49 102

10 35 €2.29 80

12 32 €2.25 72

Cast Ewes €45 to €135 per head

Breeding Ewes - Ewes with lambs at foot €245 to €265 per Ewes with Lambs at foot €245 to €265 per unit.

Calves

Friesian Bulls €120 to €320 per head; Continental Bulls €330 to €450 per head; Continental Heifers €300 to €435 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Bulls €280 to €380 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Heifer €200 to €310 per head Dairy Stock; freshly Calved Fr Cows and Heifers €1400 to €1960; in-calf Friesian Cows and Heifers €1200 to €1500; Fres Maiden Heifers suitable for service €720 to €850 per head.

Cattle

600 kg + €600 to €1040 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Cont 760 €2.37 €1,800

1 Fr 815 €1.88 €1,530

1 Herf 760 €1.86 €1,410

3 Lim 605 €2.64 €1,600

500 - 600 kg €500 to €920 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

3 Sim 590 €2.21 1,305

2 Fr 570 €1.98 1,130

4 Lim 560 €2.64 1,480

1 AAX 510 €2.26 1,155

400 - 500 kg

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Cont 480 €2.15 €1,030

6 Char 450 €2.70 €1,215

2 Fr 445 €1.94 €865

6 Cont 445 €2.73 €1,215

Under 400 kg €315 to €705 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Lim 395 €2.78 €1,100

1 BB 380 €2.83 €1,075

3 Fr 355 €1.89 €670

4 AA 290 €2.45 €710

Cull Cows

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

Fr Cull Cows €1.05 to €1.75 per kilo

Cont Cull Cows €1.65 to €2.00 per kilo

Beef Heifers €500 to €920 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 730 €2.26 €1,650

1 Char 665 €2.08 €1,380

2 Lim 645 €2.22 €1,430

1 AA 610 €1.80 €1,100

Butcher Heifers €400 to €720 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

2 Char 505 €2.26 1,140

1 Cont 480 €2.33 1,120

3 Char 460 €2.52 1,160

1 BB 450 €2.56 1,150

Store Heifers €350 to €620 over the kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Lim 415 €2.48 €1,030

4 AA 370 €2.22 €820

2 Char 280 €2.79 €780

2 AA 270 €2.48 €670

Sucklers - in-calf Sucklers €850 to €1300 per head; cows with calves at foot €1360 to €1750 per unit