Predicted stock fall set to boost returns
Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00
Big numbers were turned out for sale at some of the marts this week, although mart managers predict these will shortly begin to tighten, which could have a positive impact on price.
Their was good demand in Athenry yesterday, where top-quality 50kg lambs sold for €123 (€73 over the weight). The general run for the heavier types varied from €60-65 over.
There was a strong trade for hoggets and cull ewes, particularly the heavier types, at Mountbellew Mart on Saturday, although trade was slightly easier for ewes with lambs at foot.
Hoggets sold for €88-112/hd and cull ewes made €58-115.50/hd. Ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €215/hd, two third-crop ewes with triple lambs at foot made €173/hd, ewes scanned in lamb with singles made €120/hd and ewes scanned with twins, due this month, made €150/hd.
At Maam Cross Mart hogget prices averaged €57-75/hd, dry ewes averaged €21-42/hd and in-lamb ewes made €45-83/hd.
Ewes with lambs at foot were the big sellers at Dowra Mart on Saturday where ewes with doubles made up to €190/hd, while prices for ewes with singles were €85-125/hd. Store hoggets made €55-75/hd and the heavier lots made up to €95/hd. Cull ewes made €45/hd for the lighter lots and up to €90/hd for the heavier ewes.
There were 2,050 sheep on offer at Carnew Mart on Thursday, where prices also improved.
Butcher hoggets made €105-116/hd and factory hoggets made €98-107/hd. There was a strong trade for store hoggets on offer, these made €60-95/hd, and €50-63 over for the forward stores. Heavy cull ewes made €80-122/hd and lighter cull ewes sold for €40-80/hd. In-lamb ewes made €80-137/hd, ewes with single lambs at foot sold for €100-165/hd and the ewes with doubles at foot made €140-195/hd.