Farm Ireland

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Cull ewe prices are buoyant but spring lambs hit

Published 01/06/2010 | 05:00

Limited numbers of ewe hoggets and ewes with lambs at foot continue to enjoy an extremely brisk trade.

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Spring lamb has taken a bit of a hit and is back in price by around €10/hd. Cull ewe numbers are still strong and prices steady.

At Wexford Mart lambs were making from €57-68 over the weight, selling in the range of €95-111. Butcher and factory type hoggets sold for €97-118 or €50-70 over, while ewe hoggets made up to €75 with their weight.

The store hogget was selling for €50-65 over at €91-97/hd. Heavy cast ewes made up to €121 and sold from this down to €40 for the thinner lighter types.

Breeding ewes with two lambs at foot sold as high as €218. Ewes with single lambs made from €100-188 with ewes in lamb selling for €95-136.

There was a big sale in Baltinglass where ewes with lambs met an improved trade, selling to a top of €200.

Ewes and single lambs sold for €120/hd. Spring lambs in the 46-50kg bracket sold from €100-105 with the lighter lamb of 40-46kg selling from €90-97.


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Mountbellew had a smaller sale than recent weeks and lambs were back a little, selling in a range of €50-65 over to a top price of €110. Ewe hoggets sold up to €125. First-crop ewes with one lamb each made €190.

Farmers were very anxious for ewes with lambs, especially the younger types. The heavy cull ewe was a good trade making as high as €120 but the trade for thinner ones was tougher, with some selling back to €50/hd.

The top end of the lamb trade was back around €10/hd in Tullow last week but the lower end was steadier. Good lambs sold for €55-64 with the weight. Full-mouthed ewes with lambs at foot made €170-180 but there were no young ewes on offer. The best of the cull ewes made €110, with the general run selling for €60-90. Thin old ewes sold to as low as €30.

There was a good turnout in Athenry yesterday, with the ewe hoggets stealing the limelight selling to a high of €154. The top price for lambs was €66 over the weight for a pen weighing 47kg and selling for €113.

Lambs generally made €58-66 over, while plainer types sold in a range of €45-55 over. Lighter lambs of 35-40kg made €70-90/hd.

Irish Independent