Sheep Marts: All-round trade eases but prices remaining strong
Trade was slightly easier all round as the small drop in lamb prices seemed to have a ripple effect when mart managers said the hogget prices were a little bit easier. Having said this, prices remain relatively strong with plenty of farmer customers.
After a couple of weeks of extremely high prices, the store lamb trade in Athenry Mart yesterday was back by around €5/hd, while the general run of store lambs sold for €70-81. Heavier types from 46-50kg and above held reasonably well, making €42-52 over the kilogramme, while better quality lots sold up to €55 over. Good quality ewe lambs also made over €50 with their weight.
Wexford Farmers Co-Op had another large entry of 2,310hd. Trade was not as sharp as previous weeks, especially for factory lambs, which sold for €39-51 over, in a price range of €82-101, while stores sold for €31-44 over. Ewe lambs made €80-103/hd. Cast ewes made €43-100. Demand was strong for any types of animal suitable for breeding, rams, ewe hoggets or older ewes. Pedigree rams made €225-445, ewe hoggets sold for €125-171, and older breeding ewes sold for €82-148.
Tomorrow's sale will include a show and sale of pedigree rams, crossbred ewes and ewe lambs.
It was their biggest sale of the year so far in Tullow Mart and prices were a tad easier, with the good lambs back €2-3/hd.
Having said that, however, a top price of €107/hd was paid for a pen of lambs weighing an average of 51kg. Most of the rest sold for €42-52 over.
Ewe hoggets generally made €150-175, while lighter, plainer types sold back to €120. One pen of first-crop ewes sold for a top price of €175, but aged ewes continue to be extremely scarce.