Farm Ireland

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Trade still brisk as factories hunting numbers

Declan O'Brien

Published 02/02/2010 | 05:00

The sheep trade in the marts remains brisk.

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In Kilkenny yesterday, 950 lambs and ewes were offered, and good demand was evident for all stock.

Factory buyers were very active as they paid €57-67 over for the bulk of stock. A top of €112 was paid for a 45kg lamb. Heavy lambs made up to €114.

There was an improved trade in Headford, where 380 sheep were on offer. Lambs made from €85-110/hd, ewe lambs from €100-118 and cull ewes and rams from €65-100/hd.

At Athenry Mart yesterday 50kg + lambs made up to €67 over the weight, while the more factory type sold from €46-56 with their weight.

At Maam Cross on Saturday lambs averaged €48/hd and sold to a maximum of €81/hd. Cull ewes averaged €49/hd and sold to a top of €77/hd, while rams averaged €45/hd and sold up to €79/hd.


In Mountbellew there was a similar number of sheep on offer to the previous week. There was strong demand for cull ewes and heavier lots of hoggets. Prices for cull ewes ranged from €54-132.50. Most lots of heavier ewes exceeded €100. Hoggets generally sold for €40-60 along with their weight.

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There was also good demand for in-lamb ewes. Three second-crop ewes, due to lamb on March 1 and scanned with triplets, made €144. Three third-crop ewes, due to lamb on March 1 and scanned with triplets, sold for €124. Two third-crop ewes, due to lamb at the end of this month and scanned with twins, made €121. Five third- and fourth-crop ewes, which are due to lamb this month and are scanned with singles, made €83.

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