Predicted stock fall set to boost returns
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.