Sheep Marts: Steady trade as stock held back
The breeding season is in full swing at the moment and the solid lamb trade since last October has resulted in a renewed optimism in the sector.
Farmers are anxious to, at the very least, hold onto a similar number of breeding ewes for the year ahead, while others are actively trying to increase their flock. Quality young breeding stock continues to be the best sellers, with a relatively steady trade reported for the rest of the sheep.
Tullow Mart had 1,878 sheep on offer with a good strong trade for factory and butcher lambs. Prices ranged from €82-104/hd, or €40-53 over. Store lambs sold for €28-43 over the weight, realising prices of €62-83/hd. Cast ewes sold for €42-106. Breeding ewe hoggets remained steady at €140-178.
Mountbellew had a large number of sheep on offer. Store lambs were a slightly easier trade on the previous week with good demand for ewe lambs and factory lambs. The smaller number of breeding stock on offer met with a brisk trade.
Strong ewe lambs sold up to €64 over the weight, while lighter types sold for €38-43 over. Wether lambs from 40-50kg generally made €35-43 over the kilogramme.
Store lambs ranged in price from €60-82. Hogget ewes ranged in price from €125 to €184. First-crop ewes sold from €100 to €146, while second crops sold for €90-128. Prices for the older ewes ranged from €75 to €104.
Pedigree Charollais ram prices varied from €300 to €760/hd, with half of them in the €400-500 bracket. Cull ewes sold for €55-96/hd.