Sheep marts: 'Red-hot' trade reported with sales strong
The trade at the marts remains very strong with a significant improvement from the end of last week.
In fact, one farmer at Athenry Mart used the term "red hot" to describe the trade. Butcher lambs sold to a top price over their weight of €75. This was paid for a pen weighing 52kg and returned €127/hd.
The general run for heavy lambs ranged from €66-72 over the €/kg. Lighter lots made €60-67 over. Cull ewes for slaughter sold up to €128/hd, with feeders selling back to €25/hd.
Ewes with twin lambs at foot were selling for €185-222. Older in-lamb ewes sold for around the €100/hd. Lambs in Fermoy were selling for €58-64 over the weight.
Mountbellew had a similar number of sheep on offer to the previous week and reported an increased demand for stag/cull ewes, especially heavier lots.
The lamb trade was steady but there was a good demand also for ewes with lambs at foot. Well-fleshed lambs made €50-56 with their weight, with the ewe lambs selling up to €58 over.
Prices for the cull ewes ranged from €56-124. Sample prices for ewes scanned in-lamb or with lambs at foot were as follows:
Three third-crop ewes scanned with six lambs due in March made €155;