Farm Ireland

Saturday 21 January 2017

Sheep marts: Demand holds firm despite big numbers

Joe Healy

Published 02/11/2010 | 05:00

Numbers of breeding stock are tailing off but the quality types are still making good prices. Lamb numbers are strong and trade is firm, with a steady market also reported for the cull ewes. More and more farmers are realising that the mart is the better option if their lambs are moving into the heavier weights.

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Mountbellew Mart had a large turnout of lambs and stag ewes on offer, and a smaller number of breeding ewes and ewe hoggets. The lambs were a slightly easier trade compared to the previous week, especially the heavier lots. Store lambs remained firm. Heavier lots of ewe lambs were in strong demand and sold up to €100. Lambs weighing from 40kg up to more than 50kg sold for €43-48 over the weight, while lighter lots made €35-43 over the €/kg.

Despite moving into November, ewe hoggets made as high as €170. Young breeding ewes were making €116-135. Second and third crops sold for €98-125 each. Stag ewes made up to €115 for heavier lots, while lighter feeding lots made €55-90/hd.

Enniscorthy Mart had a large entry of 2,285 sheep on offer. There was a good, firm demand for all classes especially store lambs and cast ewes. Prices for the stores ranged from €69-90/hd or €37-48 over the weight. Butcher and factory types sold for €38-49 over, with a top price of €105/hd. Ewe lambs made €80-118 each. Hogget ewe prices varied from €124 up to €154, with the older breeding ewes selling for €79-130. Breeding rams made €125-300 each. Heavy fleshed cull ewes made up to €109, while the thinner types for further feeding sold back to €43/hd.

At Saturday's sheep sale in Maam Cross, mountain breeding ewes sold from €60-95. Hoggets made €80-130, while tops for the mountain ewe lambs was €105. The general run made €50-83 each.

Wether lambs sold for €35-54, while crossbred lambs made €48-86.

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