Numbers ease back but prices continue to creep up
Prices were up a little around the country for lambs. Fleshed lambs are making €55-70 over their weight in general. Store prices range from €60-100, while ewe lambs sold to €132/hd. A few ewes scanned in lamb sold for €90, but age was against them. Heavy cull ewes continue to make well in excess of €100.
There were similar numbers of sheep on offer the previous week at Mountbellew Mart, with some of the store lambs which were bought earlier on in the year now fit for killing and coming on for resale. Those types were selling for €100-116. There was also a brisk trade for store lambs, which sold for €75-104. Cull ewes remained firm as they made €78-129. Aged ewes scanned in-lamb at 1.5/ewe were sold for €90.
A smaller number of 1,500 sheep were on offer at Carnew. Prices were up in general by €2-3/hd. Butcher and factory lambs made €66-117 over the €1/kg. Store lambs sold for €75-104 or €45-60 over. Ewe lambs made €85-132, which was €50-75 over the weight. Cull ewes made €65-140 each.
Dowra Mart had 840 sheep at its sale. Trade was similar to previous weeks, with the best of the store lambs making €70-90 each, while the mountain store lambs sold for €50-75 each. Ewe lambs for breeding made €100-120 each, while the few pens of heavy lambs sold for €90-108. A small selection of ewe hoggets and breeding ewes made €120-170. Heavy cull ewes ranged from €70-105/hd, with ewes for feeding making €45-70 each.
Smaller numbers at Maam Cross met a steady trade, where crossbred lambs sold for €1.90-2.15/kg, or €52-95 each. Blackface wether lambs made €35-52/hd. Mountain-type breeding ewes made €60-80, while the cull ewes moved at €36-75 each.