Cull ewe prices are buoyant but spring lambs hit
Limited numbers of ewe hoggets and ewes with lambs at foot continue to enjoy an extremely brisk trade.
Spring lamb has taken a bit of a hit and is back in price by around €10/hd. Cull ewe numbers are still strong and prices steady.
At Wexford Mart lambs were making from €57-68 over the weight, selling in the range of €95-111. Butcher and factory type hoggets sold for €97-118 or €50-70 over, while ewe hoggets made up to €75 with their weight.
The store hogget was selling for €50-65 over at €91-97/hd. Heavy cast ewes made up to €121 and sold from this down to €40 for the thinner lighter types.
Breeding ewes with two lambs at foot sold as high as €218. Ewes with single lambs made from €100-188 with ewes in lamb selling for €95-136.
There was a big sale in Baltinglass where ewes with lambs met an improved trade, selling to a top of €200.
Ewes and single lambs sold for €120/hd. Spring lambs in the 46-50kg bracket sold from €100-105 with the lighter lamb of 40-46kg selling from €90-97.