Demand for breeding stock up
Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00
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.