Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

A steady mart trade

Sheep marts

Joe Healy

Dangerous road conditions were blamed for a drop in numbers at some marts last week, but there were smaller sales at most marts across the country.

The trade was maintained at most venues, but it improved in some. Well-fleshed lambs sold for €50-70 over, with the general run at €55-67 over. Store lambs sold for €65-90 each. Fat ewes made in excess of €100.

Heavy lambs at Athenry Mart yesterday sold for €54-67 over. Lighter lots sold for €45-56 over. It was a similar story at Fermoy, where lambs of 50-58kg made up to €68 with their weight. Lambs of 45-50kg sold for €48-58 over. Fermoy will resume sales on January 9.

Factory lambs increased by €1-2/hd at Kilkenny, where they made €54-67 with the weight. Heavy butcher types sold for €55-67 over.

Store lambs at Raphoe Mart sold for €30-55 over the weight, while factory types made €44-73 over. Butcher lambs sold for €35-72 over.

Heavy cull ewes made up to €126/hd, while feeding ewes sold back to €60/hd. Their sheep sales will resume on Monday, January 12.

Good lambs at Tullow improved by €1/hd, where fat lambs sold for €50-64 over.

Store lambs met a great trade, with some selling for more than €100. The best of the cull ewes made €120. Good store ewes sold for €70-80/hd, while older thin types sold back to €30 each. Their next sale is on January 3.

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At Maam Cross, cull ewes made €36-75/hd. Blackface Mountain breeding ewes sold for €60-85 each, while crossbred lamb made €52-95, or €1.90-2.15/kg.

Baltinglass had 1,050 sheep on offer, where there was an improved trade, especially for butcher and factory lambs.

Heavy lambs of 55-70kg sold for €115-122/hd. Lambs weighing 45-50kg made €95-112 each, while store lambs hit a high of €90/hd. The best of the ewe lambs on offer made up to €125. Older ewes scanned in-lamb sold for €110-120 and cull ewes made €70-105 each.

Sheep numbers were down at Dowra Mart last Friday due to the adverse weather conditions.

Good quality store lambs made €70-92, while lighter mountain lambs sold for €50-70 each.

Feeding ewes made from €40-70 and heavier ewes sold for €70-100.

Their first sheep sale is on January 7.

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