Store and ewe lamb returns rise €5/hd
The mart trade for sheep remains strong, especially for store and ewe lambs, with prices for those types of stock up by as much as €5/hd. Ewe lambs hit a top price of €141, while stores sold for €70-102/hd, or €45-60 over the €1/kg. Factory and butcher types generally made from €50-65 over. Older ewes scanned in lamb sold for €140/hd.
The best reported price for cull ewes was €127. Store ewes for further feeding were making from €60-90 each. Yesterday's sales appeared to show further improvement in prices compared to the second half of last week with more of the stronger lambs clearly making up to and over €60 with the €1/kg.
A good sale in Athenry saw the nicely fleshed, heavier lambs of 46-56kg sell for €57-67 over the €1/kg. Lighter lambs sold for €45-52 over. A joint clearance and reduction sale of more than 100 Charolais ewes on Saturday reflected the strong sheep trade as ewes scanned in lamb sold from €350-720 each in general with some of the top lots selling for €1,000-1,600.
Lambs in Fermoy hit a high of €72 over, with the general run of lambs over 45kg making from €50-65 over the weight.
Stores made €45-52 with the weight.
Good lambs at Kilkenny Mart were making €52-65 over.
Sheep numbers were smaller at Dowra Mart but prices continued to improve with the best of the store lambs making from €75-95 each, while good ewe lambs sold from €100-132/hd. Heavy cull ewes moved at €80-110 each, while ewes for feeding made from €45-75/hd.
Carnew Mart had 1,800 sheep on offer. Butcher and factory lots were similar to the previous week but store and ewe lambs were up by €5/hd.