Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Buoyancy in sector keeps trade strong

Joe Healy

Scarcity of supplies and a continuing air of confidence in the sector is keeping the mart trade strong for all categories.

Ewes with lambs at foot are making €200-300. Those with singles are selling for less in some cases. Ewes in-lamb made €170-220. Culls fit for slaughter made €100-130, with store types selling for €50-100. Store lamb prices were at €70-100 in the main. Ewe lambs made up to €133, while finished lambs sold for €60-75 with the weight.

At Athenry yesterday, well-fleshed lambs made up to €78 over. The 40-50kg lambs sold for €55-73 over, while stores traded at €45-60 over.

The 1,500 on offer at Enniscorthy Mart met with a solid trade. Butcher lambs moved at up to €72 with the weight. Factory types sold for 65-71 over the €1/kg. Stores made €60-70 over in a price range of €80-107. Cull ewes for feeding sold for €57-82, while the heavier ewes made €110-128. Ewes in-lamb sold for €190-215, while ewes with lambs at foot hit €195-275.

Sheep prices and numbers were similar to the previous week at Dowra Mart, with ewe hoggets at €100-130. In-lamb hoggets made €130-155 each.

Store hoggets for feeding sold for €70-95. Heavy cull ewes made €80-115, while ewes for feeding sold for €50-78 each.

Numbers of sheep on offer at Mountbellew Mart were smaller than the previous week. Hoggets had a slightly easier trade to sell for €60-71 over, while ewe lambs made up to €133. Keen demand for in-lamb ewes and ewes with lambs at foot saw €170-232, while culls sold for €75-128.

Smaller numbers were on offer at Baltinglass, with prices easier by €1-3/hd. The 50-60kg lambs sold for €114-120, with the 45-50kg types at €104-113. Stores made up to €100. Ewes with single lambs at foot sold to €135. Cull ewes made €110-120.

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At Maam Cross, Blackface mountain ewes running with the ram sold for €75-130. Cull ewes made €45-75. Blackface ewe hoggets ran at €110-127, while crossbreds made €52-115. Mountain wethers sold for 55-80/hd.

Tullow had 1,400 sheep for sale. Prices were steady. Fleshed lambs sold for €61-73 over in a price range of €108-124/hd.

Stores went for €84-104, or €45-64 over. Cull ewes were up €5-6/hd, with prices at €78-134. Ewes in-lamb sold for €170-218 each.

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