Demand for breeding stock up
The sheep trade at the marts remained very firm over the past week, with nice ewe lambs coming out the best. Farmers were willing to pay up to €130/hd for ewes ready to go to the ram. Live shippers were also quite active, paying €2-2.20/kg for 45-50kg ram lambs.
Factory and butcher types sold for €47-57 over the weight, while the general run of stores made €40-54 over the weight in the range €60-95/hd. Ewe hoggets sold for €150-180/hd, with older breeding ewes making anything from €100-160/hd. Cull ewes fit for slaughter sold for €90-130, while plain types for feeding made €40-80. There were one or two reports of lamb numbers slowing down a little.
A big sale in Athenry on Saturday resulted in prices increasing by €2-4/hd. Good well-fleshed lambs of 46-55kg sold for €50-57 over the weight, while lighter lots made €40-50 over. Ram lambs for export sold for €57 over the €/kg.
Heavy lambs at Fermoy Mart generally sold for €50-60 over the weight, with a top price of €64 over.
Tullow had 1,740 sheep on offer. Fat lambs met a steady trade, making €47-55 over or €93-104/hd. Store lambs sold for €35-53 over and ewe lambs made €55-78 with the weight, or €90-126/hd.
A small entry of cull ewes sold for €34-98/hd. Ewe hoggets made €150-178. Older ewes sold for €110-170/hd.
Dowra Mart had 1,800 sheep for sale. The trade improved slightly, with lowland store lambs making €75-95 each and mountain store lambs €55-75.