Farm Ireland

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Strong demand reported in marts

Published 13/04/2010 | 05:00

A strong all-round trade was reported from the sheep marts as the number of spring lambs began to increase, while plenty of customers were at ringside to bid for the present supplies.

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Wexford Mart's very large entry of sheep met with a lively trade. New-season lambs sold for €113-130, butcher and factory hoggets made €52-71 over the weight in a €98-122 price range and stores sold for €83-98, while cull ewes made €47-131.

Breeding ewes with two lambs at foot sold from €122 up to a top of €198, while those with singles made €98-156. In-lamb ewes sold for €94-133.

Factory hoggets were up €2/hd in Tullow and made €96-120 (€52-69/hd) along with the euro. Store hoggets ran at €31-59 over and sold for €59-89/hd. Strong demand for culls saw prices range from €35- 119/hd. Spring lambs made €112-124, which reflected a price of €74-85 over the weight.

Baltinglass also had a large sale. Hoggets weighing 42-50kg sold for €90-119, with 30-40kg types being sold for €83-90/hd. Fat cull ewes made up to €100, while the more storish-type varieties achieved €52. Ewes with a pair of lambs made up to €161, while those with singles sold for as much as €124.

In Athenry yesterday the good-quality spring lambs sold for up to €135/hd (€86 over the weight). Several lots weighing 42-48kg made €110-133/hd, while well-fleshed hoggets around 50kg achieved €120-130/hd (€70-78 over). Plainer lots sold for €30-60 with the weight.

Over in the west at Maam Cross, hoggets made from €57-77/hd, in-lamb ewes sold for €52-77 and ewes with lambs at foot achieved up to €125/hd.

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