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