Lamb trading at €85/hd as demand rises
A buoyant store lamb trade has seen €80-85/hd paid for good pens of Suffolk-cross lambs.
Strong farmer demand for stock was reported by mart managers, with lively competition between mainly farmer buyers.
Patsy Smith of Dowra Mart in Cavan said there were plenty of customers for forward stores that were close to being finished.
Farmers from the midlands, Roscommon and Donegal bought the bulk of the stock, with €80-90/hd being paid for Suffolk crosses.
However, lighter mountain lambs were a tougher trade. Most sold for between €40/hd and €55/hd.
It was a similar story in Athenry Mart, where a price range of €78-86/hd took out the bulk of the lambs in the 35-38kg weight range.
Mart manger, Alan Barry, said that there was "great demand" from traditional store buyers.
ICSA sheep chairman, John Brooks, said demand in the marts had been helped by the presence of live shippers buying for the El Eid Islamic festival in September.