Sheep Marts: Tougher trade in the marts
The lamb trade was tougher around the country throughout the past week with prices down by €2-3/hd. The downward pressure being applied in factories was reflected in prices at the marts. All female sheep continue to be a very good trade.
At Athenry mart yesterday, nice quality ewe lambs and some of the well-fleshed U-grade factory lambs made up to an over €50 over their weight with €52 over or €104 paid for ewe lambs weighing 52kg and €106 paid for 54kg lambs.
Tullow had their biggest sale of the year with 3,460 sheep. Fat lambs were easier by €2-3/hd selling for €40-50 over. Store lambs remained firm making €31-42 over the €/kg while ewe lambs sold for €45-84 over in a price range of €90-139/hd. Cast ewes made €36-98. Breeding hogget ewes were selling for €130-180. Pedigree Charollais rams made €300-800 with the Suffolks making €380-700/hd.
Mountbellew mart had a very large number of sheep on offer. The factory lamb trade was back a little with good demand for store lambs. Ewe lambs were a firm trade. Stag ewes were steady. Quality lots met with brisk trade. Wether lambs made from €35-42 over the weight with ewe lambs making €41-54 over.
Store lambs ranged in price from €65-82.50. Prices for cull ewes reached a high of €109/hd. Hogget ewes for breeding ranged from €115-170. First-crop ewes made €100-155 with the second and third- crop ewes selling for €78-132.
Baltinglass had 2,200 sheep for sale on Saturday. The lamb trade was a shade slower. Fat lambs from 40-50kgs made €37-44 over. Stores sold for €55-74/hd with ewe lambs making up to €125/hd. Prices of €130-175 were paid for breeding ewe hoggets. Keen interest saw 2.5-year-old Cheviot ewes making up to €180. Cull ewes sold for €45-95. Breeding rams made €125-450.
Dowra Mart had 2,400 sheep on offer, with a very strong trade for all classes Store lambs made from €60-80/hd for the better lowland types. The lighter mountain lambs sold from €45-60. Hogget ewes for breeding made from €130-160 while second- and third-crop ewes were selling from €100-135 each. The heavier of the cull ewes commanded €70-95.