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.
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.