Sheep marts: Prices remain strong throughout country
Published 22/03/2011 | 12:11
Prices remain extremely strong at livestock marts around the country.
The top price for ewes with lambs at foot was €275, while hoggets made as high as €82 over their weight. Fat cull ewes sold up to €130, while ewe hoggets made up to €133. Even though grass growing conditions haven't been good, there is no shortage of interest from farmers for store lambs.
Athenry and Fermoy saw hoggets make up to €82 over yesterday as 54kg stock sold for €136 in the west, while 55kg animals sold for €137 down south. The general run for these heavier-type lambs in both places was €70-80 over the weight. Lighter lambs of 40-45kg made €50-60 over and new-season lambs sold up to €80 over the weight.
Dowra Mart had 640 sheep on offer last Saturday and trade was up again from the previous week.
The best of the store hoggets made €85-105 each, while a few lots for breeding sold up to €140. Ewes with twin lambs at foot made €160-240, while ewes with singles made €90-145/unit. Heavy cull ewe prices ran from €90-125 each, while lighter ewes for feeding sold for €55-85.
Blackface ewes made €65-75 at Maam Cross as crossbreds sold up to €130/hd. Ewes scanned in-lamb sold for €105-125 and hoggets made €55-120 each.
Enniscorthy Mart had 1,180 sheep offered for sale and a firmer demand was reported.
Butcher and factory hoggets made €63-75 over the weight and sold to a top price of €129.