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Sunday 22 January 2017

Strong farmer buying keeps floor on trade

Sheep marts

Joe Healy

Published 23/08/2011 | 05:00

Strong farmer buying for light and forward store lambs, ewe lambs, breeding ewes and hoggets ensured another good week for the marts.

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The level of farmer interest in forward store lambs is putting pressure on factories to get adequate numbers, with a lot of lambs up to 44-45kg being bought by farmers to feed on to 52kg or more.

A top of €255 was paid for ewe hoggets, with up to €180 reported for breeding ewes and €155 for ewe lambs. Heavy, fat cull ewes sold for €100-135. Factory and butcher lambs made €48-68 over the €/kg.

Quality lambs made €59-68 over at Athenry Mart yesterday, as other lambs over 46kg sold for €50-58 over. Stores made €44-58 with the weight.

Athenry's annual breeding ewe show and sale takes place next Monday.

Lambs in Fermoy sold for €48-61 over.

Trade was steady at Enniscorthy Mart, with the best of the demand being for the breeding ewes and rams. Ewe hoggets sold to a top price of €215, with a range back to €177.

Heavy lambs made €47-60 over the weight and sold for €95-110. Factory types made €46-55 over and stores sold for €75-91/hd. Fat cull ewes made €95-130, while store culls sold for €40-88.

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Dowra Mart had 2,000 hoggets and breeding ewes on offer at its breeding sale last Friday. Best of the hoggets made €200-255 each, while the plainer types made €150-190 each.

Breeding ewes sold for €130-180 and some of the older ewes made €85-120. The following day, 4,000 lambs were on offer and there was plenty of demand, especially for the ewe lambs. The best of those made from €100-155 each. Forward store lambs sold for €70-95/hd and lighter lots and mountain lambs made €50-70 each.

There were 3,800 sheep for sale at Carnew Mart. Trade for ewe lambs was up by €3-5/hd. More farmer customers pushed prices to €60-90 over. Butcher and factory lambs made €52-60 over, or €95-110/hd

Store lambs sold for €40-52 over and heavy cull ewes made €95-135.

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