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Thursday 8 December 2016

Female animals meet good trade as prices improve at most marts

Joe Healy

Published 27/07/2010 | 05:00

PRICES improved across the board at the country's sheep marts this week.

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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.

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There was an excellent trade for all classes of sheep in Mountbellew Mart.

Store lambs improved by €5-8/hd to sell from €65-80. Shippers gave from €80-90 for the good 40kg lamb. Factory lambs made €85-96/hd, while the butcher lambs sold for €96-110.

Good farmer interest saw the nice ewe lambs sell for €80-103/hd. It was a similar story with the breeding ewes, which resulted in prices from €95-254/hd.

Despite the big increase in sheep numbers on offer at Wexford Mart, which had 1,850 this week, prices were up across the board. Butcher and factory lambs sold for €84-105/hd or €42-54 over the weight. Store lambs made €35-46 over, and up to a top price of €82/hd. Cast ewes varied from €49-109 depending on flesh.

Prices for hogget ewes ranged from €124-161, while the older ewes for breeding sold for €86-129/hd.

Pedigree rams made €220-485, while the commercial types sold for €175-335/hd.

Maam Cross reported a near full clearance for store lambs and all types of ewes. Prices were a little tougher than last week. Cross-bred lambs made €50-72, while the Blackface lambs sold for €35-62. Aged ewes sold for €35-75, while the ewe hoggets made €65-94/hd.

Due to the large numbers of sheep, the mart is moving its cattle sale to Mondays, with the next sale on Monday, August 2 at 11am.

Yesterday's sale in Athenry was much smaller than last week but prices were strong, with the nicely fleshed heavier types between 48-53kg making €50-62 over. One of the top prices was €115 for 53kg stock. Lighter lambs from 38-43kg sold for €40-50 over.

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