Buoyant lamb prices driving on the market for all females
Published 10/08/2010 | 05:00
TRADE for all sheep continues to be extremely strong with the confidence gained from good lamb prices helping to drive on the market for all females, regardless of age but especially if they are suitable for breeding.
With no huge supply of ewe hoggets, those that are being sold are attracting a lot of customers and the prices are reflecting this.
Tullow Mart had a big sale with 1,890 sheep on offer. Quality fat lambs were up €1-2/hd making €41-56 over their weight in a range of €84-103. Trade for the store lamb was similar to the previous week at €31-40 over or €62-79/hd.
Good farmer interest drove ewe lambs to prices of €44-74 over or €90-121/hd. Cast ewes sold for €34-111. Ewe hoggets for the breeding season met with a very strong trade.
Mountbellew had a stronger trade to the previous week for the 2,400 sheep for sale. Tops for ewe lambs was €110 for a pen of 18 weighing 46kg. The general run tended to be €40-50 with the weight. Cast ewe prices ranged from €66-127/hd.
In the breeding section, ewe hoggets ranged in price from €130-175/hd.
There was also a very large entry of 2,640 sheep at Wexford Mart last Wednesday. Demand was very strong for all classes.
Butcher and factory lambs were selling for €86-106/hd, reflecting prices of €41-56 over. Store lambs made €65-85/hd.