Premium paid for breeding stock
The strongest demand over the past week has been for quality ewe hoggets and breeding ewes with lambs at foot. The spring lamb trade remains steady, while the rest of the hoggets continue to dry up, with quality and prices mixed. Well-fleshed cull ewes are easily making from €100 upwards.
The overall trade improved in Baltinglass last Saturday with the best demand for ewes and lambs. Those with twins made up to €140. Ewes with single lambs made €112. Spring lambs weighing 38-47kg sold for €98-112/hd. Ewe hoggets made €90-125. Cull ewes sold for €70--100.
Mountbellew Mart reported a strong trade for stag ewes and new-season lambs. Up to €123 (€72 over) was paid for 51kg. Lambs weighing 40-50kg made €55-65 over the weight. Farmers were anxious for ewe hoggets with an eye towards the breeding season, and paid up to a tops of €140 for 50kg. The wethers were easier and sold for €35-50 over the €/kg.
There was almost 1,100 sheep on offer at Wexford Co-op Mart. Again, it was the ewe hoggets that met with the best demand, and better quality types made €77 along with their weight. Butcher and factory hoggets sold for €50-69 over in a range of €97-119/hd.
Store hoggets made €49-64 over, as prices ran from €89-96. Top prices for the spring lamb were €76-121 over. The general range was €60-75 over. Heavy fat cull ewes sold to a top of €128. The poorer, less fleshy ewes sold back to €48. Breeding ewes with twin lambs at foot were much sought after and the price range of €215-148 reflected this. Ewes with single lambs made €96-56.
Yesterday's sale in Athenry had a large number of spring lambs on offer, and the 40-50kg stock sold strongly for €60-75 over the weight to a top price of €120 for 45kg. A limited supply of sought-after ewe hoggets sold for €125-142/hd for 50kg.
The trade was strong at Dowra Mart on Saturday. Best demand was for ewes with lambs at foot and hogget's for breeding in the autumn. Suffolk hogget's with single lambs at foot made more than €200/hd, while the majority of young ewes with pairs made €160-220 each. Farmers looking for hogget's to breed next autumn gave €85-125 for the best of the store hoggets, while lighter hoggets made €65-90/hd. Heavy cull ewes sold from €80 to €120 each.