Ringside: Store cattle prices ease at Thainstone

Store cattle prices eased at last Friday’s (7 May) auction at Thainstone Auction Mart, Aberdeenshire, with 2549 head plus 10 calves going under the hammer.

Bullocks averaged 184p/kg, selling up to 234p/kg for a 470kg Charolais-cross and £1100 a head for heavier Charolais and Limousin crosses.

“All classes of well-bred, natural looking cattle continued to sell well, while plainer polished types fetched slightly less,” said John Angus, store cattle manager.

Top breeding potential heifers were “keenly sought after,” he added. Heifers settled at 177p/kg, selling up to 281p/kg and £1480 a head for a 526kg Simmental cross. Bulls averaged 157p/kg, peaking at 201p/kg and £850 a head for a 422kg Charolais. Young calves averaged £383 a head and sold to £480.

This Friday (14 May) Thainstone hosts the European Conference of Livestock Auctioneers and AGM.

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