Forward types sell well as exporters take on factories
A solid mart trade for all sheep was the story from the marts around the country over the past week. With the live exporters competing strongly against the factory men, the more forward-type lamb was selling well.
Meanwhile, a plentiful supply of farmer customers for store and ewe lambs ensured that there was good interest in all types of lambs.
The general run for well fleshed lambs was €45-60 over the €1/kg. Ewe lambs made up to €130/hd, while stores sold from €60-96/hd. The best of the cull ewes made up to €130. Quality ewe hoggets hit €200, while older breeding ewes made €100-170 depending on age and quality.
There was a smaller number of sheep at Mountbellew Mart, where store lambs and cull ewes were a similar trade to previous weeks. There was a lively trade for factory lambs, butcher lambs and ewe lambs. Hoggets and breeding ewes met with a firm trade, with smaller numbers on offer. Ewe hoggets made €147-199, with older breeding ewes selling for €90-185. Cull ewes made €80-135 each. Prices for ewe lambs hit a high of €130.
A big sale of lambs in Athenry Mart yesterday saw prices of €50-60 over the €1/kg for the lambs over 47kg. Lighter types sold for €42-50 with the weight.
In Fermoy, the heavier lambs made up to €66 over the weight. Good quality lambs of 35-45kg sold for €45-55 over.
Baltinglass had 3,000 sheep at its sale and reported an improved trade. The 45-50kg lambs made €97-112/hd, with the 40-45kg ones at €85-98. Suffolk-cross ewe lambs made up to €130, while Cheviot types sold to a high of €145. Store lambs sold for €65-80/hd. Prices for breeding ewes ran at €120-150. Culls sold for €65-110.