Well-fleshed lambs in demand
The mart trade was strong throughout the past week with well-fleshed lambs keenly sought. Prices for them hit a high of €77 over the weight in the south yesterday.
Typically, around the country, prices for the over-50kg lambs ranged from €52-65 over the weight.
Lambs less than 50 kg were selling for €50-60 over, with store prices varying from €40-60 with the €1/kg. Ewes scanned in lamb sold to €165. Ewe lambs made up to €140, while heavy culls made €100-125/hd.
The three marts contacted yesterday morning all reported big sales and good demand.
Fermoy was probably the pick of the three where good heavy butcher lambs of 50-58kg were making from €56-77 over their weight. The 45-50kg lamb was selling for €50-68 over.
At Kilkenny Mart, the butcher types were ranging from €60-66 with the weight. Factory lambs sold for €50-60 over, while stores made €55-61 over the €1/kg.
Nicely fleshed lambs sold for €54-64 over in Athenry.
There was an improved trade of €3-5/hd for the 1,250 sheep presented for sale at Baltinglass Mart. The heavier type lamb of 50-60kg was selling for €107-118 each. Lambs from 45-50kg made €100-115/hd, while stores ranged from €60-95 each. Suffolk-cross ewe lambs made up to €140. Prices for ewes scanned in lamb varied from €125-165, with cull ewes selling for €85-125.