Lambs rise €1-5/hd as breeding season reaching conclusion
Numbers down, prices up, and the breeding season coming to a close. That is a summary of the mart trade around the country over the past week.
Lambs were improved by anything from €1-5/hd, making from €50-64 with their weight and generally selling for €100-116/hd. Stores were making €60-95 each, while ewe lambs made as high as €141. Cull ewes fit for slaughter sold for €100-135. Feeders moved at €45-90/hd.
There was a slightly smaller than normal sale in Kilkenny yesterday, where butcher lambs sold for €54-64 with the weight. Factory types made €47-58 over and stores sold for €40-50 over.
Good lambs over 45kg at Athenry made €52-64 over, while lighter types sold for €45-55 with the €/kg.
Top price over the weight at Fermoy was €67 with a lot of the heavy, well-fleshed types making €57-65 with the weight.
Carnew had a smaller number with 1,800 sheep on offer. Butcher lambs were up by €8-10/hd, with all other types up by €5/hd. Well-fleshed types sold for €103-116, or €56-64 over the weight. Stores sold for €74-100, or €43-58 with the €/kg. Tops for the ewe lambs was €138.
Cull ewes for further feeding made €65-95. Fleshed ewes sold for €102-135.
Numbers were smaller at Dowra but prices were stronger than the previous weeks. Suffolk and Suffolk-cross store lambs made €70-95 each, while mountain store lambs sold for €50-78 each. The best of the ewe lambs for breeding made €100-135/hd. Cull ewes for feeding made €45-70, while the heavy, well-leshed ewes made €75-110 each.