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Thursday 8 December 2016

Sheep marts: Prices remain strong for all types

Joe Healy

Published 19/04/2011 | 05:00

Sheep prices continued to be strong across all categories and all marts this week, and demand is extremely keen for all lots.

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Ewes with twin lambs at foot sold for up to €300, ewe hoggets for future breeding made up to €154 and heavy cull ewes sold for as much as €153/hd.

A top price of €148/hd was paid for 49kg spring lambs at Athenry Mart yesterday, where the general run was €84-98 over the weight for good quality lambs. Ewe hoggets reached a top price of €154/hd, while wether hoggets made €50-80 over.

Enniscorthy had its biggest sale of the year this week, with 2,500 sheep on offer. Prices improved by €2/hd on the previous week for spring lambs and hoggets. Spring lambs sold for €122-145 (€84-96 over). Butcher and factory hoggets made €124-145 each (€78-88 over). Store hoggets sold for €90-125 (€65-82 over), ewe hoggets made up to €150/hd, store ewes for feeding made €35-70/hd and heavy culls commanded prices of €90-157.

Blackface mountain ewes sold for €65-95/hd at Maam Cross, while crossbred ewes made up to €130/hd. Ewes scanned in-lamb sold for €105-125 and ewes with lambs at foot made €140-181.

Ewes with lambs at foot were the big sellers at Dowra Mart on Saturday, where 850 sheep were on offer. Four young ewes with pairs of lambs at foot made €240-300, while ewes with single lambs made €140-220 each.

Mountbellew Mart reported a brisk trade for spring lambs and cull ewes. Top price for the young lambs was €144 for 52kg, while cull ewes made €73-153.

Spring lambs weighing 30-35kg at Baltinglass Mart made up to €105. Hoggets from 45-50kg sold up to €145/hd, while well-fleshed cull ewes sold up to €125/hd.

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