Mart prices for breeding stock strengthen
With the breeding season fast approaching, the ewe hogget and breeding ewe trade has continued to go from strength to strength.
A renewed enthusiasm is obvious among the sheep farmers after the past 10 months of lamb prices being where they need to and should be. The lamb trade also improved a bit on the previous week while the cull ewe remained steady.
Wexford Farmers' Mart reported stronger demand for all classes of sheep on Wednesday last, with many more customers especially for store lambs. Butcher and factory lambs sold from €81-98/hd, which equated to €41-49 over the €1/kg.
Store lambs sold from €67 to €78/hd, or €33-42 over. Prices for cast ewes ran from €48 up to a top of €111/hd. There were plenty of customers for hogget ewes, with prices of €120-160/hd paid by farmers anxious to replenish their breeding flocks. Older ewes suitable for breeding made from €88-136/hd.
The first of the pedigree rams sold for €215-495/hd, while commercial rams made €180-325/hd.
Mountbellew had a very large number of sheep on offer on Saturday with increased numbers of lambs, stag ewes and breeding ewes. Store lambs and stag ewes met with a brisk trade. There were some very good prices for quality lots of ewe lambs and breeding ewes. Lambs in the 42-52kg weight bracket made €36-46 along with the €/kg. Store lambs ranged in price from €65 to €83/hd.
Good demand for the cull ewes, especially for heavier lots, saw prices range from €70 to €128/hd.
Hogget ewes ranged in price from €121 to €144/hd. First-crop ewes sold from €100 to €128/hd, second-crop ewes made €85-121/hd and third-crop ewes sold for €75-96/hd.