With the factory price improving towards the end of last week there was an obvious improvement in the marts yesterday.
Lambs at the three marts I spoke to yesterday were making from €50-66 over or €2.20-2.30/kg. This was generally up to €5 a head of the mart reports for the middle and end of last week. Heavy cull ewes continue to freely exceed the €100/hd.
Prices of up to €178 were paid for ewe hoggets while ewes with twin lambs made up to €240. The store lamb trade is lively in a price range of €70-85/hd.
Kilkenny reported a sharper trade yesterday with prices up by as much as €5/hd. Well fleshed lambs of 46-55kg sold for €58-66 over the weight or €2.20-2.24/kg. Lighter lots were selling for €45-50 over.
Trade was steady in Athenry with a general price run of €55-63 over the weight. Some top quality lots sold for up to €67 over, reflecting a price of €2.34/kg, with one pen of 50kg ewe lambs making €118 or €68 over the €/kg.
Fermoy Mart had 500 lambs on offer yesterday. When contacted about half of them were sold with the factory and butcher lambs selling for €50-59 over their weight or up to €2.16/kg.
Lamb prices were back by as much as €5/hd at Enniscorthy selling for €45-55 over the weight or €90-105/hd.
Store lamb prices ran from €70-82 reflecting a return of €40-53 over the €/kg. Farmers were paying between €130-171 for ewe hoggets with the upcoming breeding season in mind. A good trade for cull ewes saw the heavier lots making €95-117 while the lighter store type sold for €45-72 each.
At Maam Cross the lambs made €2.00-2.15/kg selling in a range from €65-96 each. Ewes with lambs at foot sold for €80-134/unit. Prices for cull ewes varied from €55-95/hd.
Dowra Mart had a good entry of sheep last Saturday with store lambs starting to appear in bigger numbers.
The best of the Suffolk and Suffolk-cross store lambs made from €70-85 with a few pens of heavier lambs selling for €90-110 each.
Crossbred and lighter stores made from €60-75 each with good demand and plenty of farmer interest for these lambs
Ewes with lambs at foot sold from €80-160 for singles while ewes with doubles made from €150-240 each.