Sheep marts: Good trade for all types
THERE was a good trade reported all round.
Ewes of all ages suitable for breeding are in strong demand, with some excellent prices being paid for top-quality ewe hoggets.
The lamb trade for factory and stores seemed to have improved a little on the previous week, with good farmer activity in the store trade.
A big sale was met with a flying trade in Athenry yesterday, especially for the heavier lambs. Most of the 50kg types made €58-64 over the weight to a top price of €117/hd for a pen weighing 53kg. Lambs of 38-45kg sold in a range of €40-50 over.
Comparing the top price over the weight for lambs last week with the corresponding week last year, Tullow Mart manager John Murphy said that there was a €19 difference. Top last week was €54 over as opposed to €35 last year. The general run for the 44-50kg lamb was from €45-54 over.
The stores were slightly back on the great trade of the past week and sold for €35-42 over. Cast ewes sold to a top price of €115/hd, while the general run made €80-90/hd. Thin older culls sold back to €25/hd.
Mountbellew Mart had a large number of sheep on offer again on Saturday. This was especially the case for the store lambs but factory and butchers' lambs were scarce in supply.
A top price of €154/hd was paid for a pen of ewe hoggets while first-, second- and third-crop ewes sold up to €150/hd. Lambs of 37-44kg sold for €38-46 over, while the good ewe lambs made €45-51.