Farm Ireland

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Cold snap means open marts do roaring trade

Joe Healy

Published 07/12/2010 | 05:00

With numerous marts around the country cancelling their sales over the past week, a lot of the factories and their agents have been actively calling farmers who they know have lambs to sell.

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The marts that did go ahead reported that supplies didn't match demand with a very strong trade all round as a result. Heavy 50+kg lambs commanded extremely good prices.

Mountain ewes for breeding sold for €60-70/hd at Maam Cross mart last Saturday.

Prices for the mountain ewe hoggets ranged from €90-120 each. Cross bred lambs made €48-90 while the mountain lambs were selling for €40-80/hd.

Tuam mart reported that old heavy cull ewes sold to a high of €140. Well-fleshed lambs made €50-56 over the weight while store types made up to €50 over.

Kanturk reported an extremely strong demand with the heavy lamb making from €60-65 over the weight. One pen of quality lambs weighing 55kgs sold for €120. The 40-48kg lambs were selling for €50-55 over while the lighter store type lambs made up to €50 with their weight. Heavy ewes sold to €100. Plainer lighter culls were selling back to €60-70/hd.

Quality lots made up to €70 over the weight at Kilkenny mart with €117 paid for 47kgs. Most of the better type lambs were making €62-69 over. Store lambs 35-40kgs made €45-50 over the €/kg. Prices for cull ewes ranged between €70-110.

Prices probably didn't match high expectations at Athenry mart despite it still being a strong trade. The heavy lambs over 50kgs made €52-60 with their weight. Weights of 44-50kgs made €48-55 over with the store lambs selling for €42-50 over the €/kg.

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It is a sign of the good year sheep farmers have enjoyed when you see a farmer refusing to sell cull ewes at €120/hd. Prices taken generally ran from €70-106.

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