Female animals meet good trade as prices improve at most marts
PRICES improved across the board at the country's sheep marts this week.
All female stock met with a great trade, especially the younger types suitable for breeding.
The cull trade has also recovered after its short-lived blip. Any old ewe with a bit of flesh is making more than €100/hd.
The exporters are exerting pressure on the factories, with the farmer winning as a result of an improved trade for lambs and, in turn, the store trade has picked up quite a lot.
Baltinglass Mart reported a strong trade and larger numbers of sheep and buyers.
Lambs up to 40kg made €37-€42 over the weight, while the 45-50kg lambs made €40-€45 over. Ewe lambs made up to €98/hd. Store lambs were in good demand and made €30-€37 over. Cull ewes ranged from €80-100/hd.
In the breeding ewe section, three- and four-year-olds made €80-100/hd, while hoggets sold for €120-135/hd.
The ewe breeders' annual show and sale takes place at Baltinglass Mart on Saturday, August 7.