Farm Ireland

Wednesday 18 January 2017

A steady mart trade

Sheep marts

Joe Healy

Published 21/12/2011 | 06:00

Dangerous road conditions were blamed for a drop in numbers at some marts last week, but there were smaller sales at most marts across the country.

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The trade was maintained at most venues, but it improved in some. Well-fleshed lambs sold for €50-70 over, with the general run at €55-67 over. Store lambs sold for €65-90 each. Fat ewes made in excess of €100.

Heavy lambs at Athenry Mart yesterday sold for €54-67 over. Lighter lots sold for €45-56 over. It was a similar story at Fermoy, where lambs of 50-58kg made up to €68 with their weight. Lambs of 45-50kg sold for €48-58 over. Fermoy will resume sales on January 9.

Factory lambs increased by €1-2/hd at Kilkenny, where they made €54-67 with the weight. Heavy butcher types sold for €55-67 over.

Store lambs at Raphoe Mart sold for €30-55 over the weight, while factory types made €44-73 over. Butcher lambs sold for €35-72 over.

Heavy cull ewes made up to €126/hd, while feeding ewes sold back to €60/hd. Their sheep sales will resume on Monday, January 12.

Good lambs at Tullow improved by €1/hd, where fat lambs sold for €50-64 over.

Store lambs met a great trade, with some selling for more than €100. The best of the cull ewes made €120. Good store ewes sold for €70-80/hd, while older thin types sold back to €30 each. Their next sale is on January 3.

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At Maam Cross, cull ewes made €36-75/hd. Blackface Mountain breeding ewes sold for €60-85 each, while crossbred lamb made €52-95, or €1.90-2.15/kg.

Baltinglass had 1,050 sheep on offer, where there was an improved trade, especially for butcher and factory lambs.

Heavy lambs of 55-70kg sold for €115-122/hd. Lambs weighing 45-50kg made €95-112 each, while store lambs hit a high of €90/hd. The best of the ewe lambs on offer made up to €125. Older ewes scanned in-lamb sold for €110-120 and cull ewes made €70-105 each.

Sheep numbers were down at Dowra Mart last Friday due to the adverse weather conditions.

Good quality store lambs made €70-92, while lighter mountain lambs sold for €50-70 each.

Feeding ewes made from €40-70 and heavier ewes sold for €70-100.

Their first sheep sale is on January 7.

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