Farm Ireland

Thursday 21 September 2017

Demand strong in Easter week

Joe Healy

IT WAS a good Easter week at the marts for the sheep trade. Relatively limited supplies of new season lambs met with extremely strong demand, while the trade for the better type of hogget also showed a slight improvement.

In Tullow the numbers on offer were smaller. Top price for Easter lamb was €129.50, paid for a quality pen of stock weighing 40kg.

The rest of the lambs generally made from €75-86 over the weight. Trade for the heavier hoggets was up by €1-2/head selling in a range of €52-66 along with the €1/kg. Store hoggets made from €30-43 over. Cull ewes sold up to €130/hd, with some very poor, thin ewes selling for as low as €30.

Baltinglass also reported an improved trade and a very small sale. Hoggets weighing 42-50kg made from €90 up to €114/hd. Lighter hoggets between 30-40kg sold for €90-97.

Fat cull ewes made as much as €90, while the store types sold from €52 upwards. Breeding ewes with twin lambs at foot made up to €174. Those with singles sold up to €137.

Trade was steady in Mountbellew last Saturday for the hoggets but there was very good demand for stag (cull) ewes and ewes with lambs at foot.

Hoggets weighing 40-50kg were making €51-62 along with their weight. Fat, heavy stag ewes sold up to €117, while the lighter types made from €59 upwards.

One price of €162 was paid for six nice first- and second-crop ewes with eight lambs at foot, while €176 was paid for second-crop ewes with twins.

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Ten hoggets, due from the end of this week but not scanned, made €112. Older ewes with 1.5 lambs at foot sold for €132.

Athenry Mart reported a great trade for spring lambs yesterday, with a top price of €134 paid for 42kg lambs.

A lot of the well-fleshed stock weighing over 40kg was making over €130 or €87-90 with the weight. Lighter types were selling for €65-70 over their weight.

Hoggets also met with a lively demand. The heavier types, over 50kg, made from €60-75 over the €1/kg. Lighter hoggets sold for a general run of €50-60 over.

Irish Independent