Sheep marts: Breeding ewes in demand
Breeding ewes continue to meet a flying trade, but ewe hoggets are not overly plentiful, with more customers than supply can satisfy.
Good lambs of more than 50kg in Athenry yesterday made €46-54 over the weight, while a few 67kg mixed lots sold for €125, or €58 over. Ewe lambs in the 41-45 kg weight bracket sold for €42-52 over.
Mountbellew had a very large number of sheep on offer. There was brisk trade for all sheep with increased demand for store lambs and ewe lambs and a slight increase in factory lamb prices. Wether lambs of 40-50kg made €40-45 over the weight. Stores sold for €66-88/hd, while ewe lambs made up to €57 over, with the top price being €103 for a pen of 46kg wethers.
There was an increased demand for all lots of cull ewes on offer. Prices ranged from €56-114. In the breeding section, hogget ewes made €136-206.
Despite there being 2,150 sheep on offer at Baltinglass, an improved trade was reported for all classes and especially ewes. Ewe hoggets were selling in a range of €130-180. The older Suffolk cross breeding ewes made €100-145/hd, while the Cheviots of a similar age made €145-170. Culls sold for €60-95. A top price of €125 was paid for good ewe lambs. Factory lambs made €42 over for prices of €78-92.
Wexford Farmers Mart had 2,740 sheep for auction. Factory and butcher lambs were not as sharp as previous weeks and sold for €82-100 or €36-48 over their weight.
Store lambs made €32-45 over for prices of €65-84.
Prices for ewe lambs ran from €82-130/hd. Cast ewes made €44-98.