Farm Ireland

Monday 19 March 2018

Continued demand keeping trade steady

Sheep marts

Joe Healy

Marts around the country are reporting large sales and a very steady trade. The number of breeding ewes and hoggets on offer is increasing but not enough to satisfy demand. Farmers are paying up to €200 for quality hoggets, while breeding ewes are generally selling for €120-190, depending on age.

Fat cull ewes continue to make from €100-140/hd. Factory and butcher lambs are making from €50-65 over the weight, with strong farmer interest resulting in an extremely lively store lamb trade.

In Athenry yesterday heavier lambs sold for up to €64 over the weight, while lighter lots sold from €48-58 over.

In Fermoy, lambs made €50-60 over the weight. The Munster Breeders' round of breeding sales commences next Monday, August 8, and runs every second week for the main breeding season.

Tullow Mart had 2,370 sheep on offer, with a very good trade across the board. Well-fleshed lambs were steady at €50-63 over the €/kg, or €94-117/hd. Stores made €41-54 over. Ewe lambs sold for €96-140 each. The heaviest of the cull ewes made up to €118/hd, while store ewes sold back to €54/hd. In the breeding section, hoggets ranged from €179-202, with aged breeding ewes selling for €140-190/hd.

Dowra Mart had a very big entry of 3,600 sheep on offer last Saturday. The best ewe hoggets made from €150-180, while the plainer hoggets made from €120-150. Heavy lambs sold for €95-115. The best ewe lambs made from €100-125, while the general run made from €85-100. Quality store lambs ranged from €75-95 each, while mountain store lambs sold for €65-80/hd. Lighter stores made €45-60 each.


Both prices and numbers were steady at Enniscorthy Mart, where the strongest demand was for breeding ewe hoggets and quality store lambs. Those stores sold from €78-92/hd or €48-58 over the weight. Butcher and factory lambs made €50-65 over or €92-115/hd. Ewe hogget prices went from €160-200. Fat cull ewes made €100-130 while lighter types sold for €55-89.

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There was a big entry at Maam Cross, especially store type crossbred lambs and Blackface wether and ram lambs. Prices were down compared to recent sales, with the Blackface wether lambs selling for €40-65. The crossbreds made €2.00-2.25/kg or €65-102/hd. Blackface wether hoggets sold for €72-85, with the ewes selling for €105-135. Older breeding ewes made €65-102 each.

Baltinglass had 2,300 sheep on offer. The 45-50kg lambs sold for €97-107 and 40-45kg lots sold for €85-95. Store lambs (30-40kg) made €65-85 each. Ewe lambs ran from €85-130. Aged breeding ewes made up to €135. Top price for a cull ewe was €145/hd. The Baltinglass Breeders show and sale takes place next Saturday, August 6.

Factory lambs at Mountbellew sold for €51-61 over the weight. Extra buyers for store lambs and ewe lambs resulted in the ewes making up to €136, while the better store lambs made €46-56 over or €97 each. Fat cull ewes went as high as €144/hd. Ewe hoggets made €136-200/hd, while first and second crop ewes sold up to €178. Third crop ewes made up to €144/hd.

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